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Goal Breakdown: Rangers at Senators

For the third time in the last two weeks the Rangers blew a third period lead and as happened last Thursday against the Islanders, it ended in a shootout loss.  With three Rangers forwards, including Rick Nash, out with injury and seemingly every key Senator on the shelf, this could have been a dud of a game.  It was a huge improvement over Tuesday’s performance in Montreal, but in the end New York ended up with a single point.

Ottawa took the lead early in the first and held on until midway through the final frame when Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh scored 52 seconds apart.  Unfortunately, the Blueshirts handed the game right back 2:55 later as Mika Zibanejad knotted the score.  Another riveting overtime period followed and then the teams engaged in a seven-round shootout before the Senators finally prevailed.

Considering who the Senators were missing coming in (Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek) and that Ottawa’s starting netminder, Craig Anderson, got hurt early in the third period, two points were the expectation.  It should have been the end result; the Rangers had plenty of chances including a disallowed goal in the third period, a post by Marian Gaborik in overtime and a whiff on an empty net by J.T. Miller in the shootout.  Still, to get a point on the road without Nash isn’t the worst thing in the world.  On to the goals:

First Period

Senators 1, Rangers 0

The Senators took an early lead with the Rangers’ atrocious power play on the ice despite a solid start to the game from the Blueshirts.  Michael Del Zotto was unable to hold on to a Taylor Pyatt pass at the point and rookie Jakob Silfverberg picked it up in the neutral zone.  Dan Girardi closed on Silfverberg and was able to ride him to the outside in the Rangers’ zone, but Silfverberg (6-1, 200) shook Girardi off and glided to the front of the net.  There, Silfverberg roofed a backhander over Henrik Lundqvist.  Insult to injury for New York on the man advantage.

Second Period

No scoring 

Third Period

Rangers 1, Senators 1

This should read 2-1 – a Jeff Halpern goal was waved off earlier in the period after a quick whistle.  Still, the Blueshirts finally scored on the power play at a crucial time to even the score at one.  An ugly looking sprained ankle took Anderson out of the game just minutes into the third period and New York took advantage of the man advantage against a cold goalie.  Del Zotto was injured along the boards (and didn’t return to the game), but the Rangers were able to maintain a decent cycle in the offensive zone.  Eventually a Marc Staal point shot deflected wide and Ryan Callahan (who else?) put the puck past Ben Bishop.  

Rangers 2, Senators 1

Just 52 seconds later, the Rangers took the lead.  New York kept the pressure on and the line of Pyatt/Halpern/Miller ended up setting up the goal.  Pyatt gathered in his own rebound and dished to Halpern behind the net, who quickly cycled to Miller.  The rookie did a good job shielding the puck and passed to McDonagh at the point.  A simple shot through traffic eluded Bishop through his five-hole.

Rangers 2, Senators 2

Unfortunately the Rangers lead was short-lived.  Brian Boyle took a holding penalty trying to slow down Zibanejad just 1:44 after the McDonagh goal and the Senators wasted no time on the man advantage.  Zack Smith won the faceoff and though the Rangers’ penalty killers turned away a couple of shots, the puck bounced over to Zibanejad for an easy shot on an open net (pretty much the same thing that happened on Brad Marchand’s tying goal last week).

Shootout

Senators: Alfredsson (stopped), Silfverberg (scored), Turris (stopped), Zibanejad (missed), Smith (missed), Wiercioch (missed), Daugavins (scored)

Rangers: Gaborik (stopped), Callahan (scored), Stepan (stopped), Richards (missed), Hagelin (missed), Miller (missed), Kreider (stopped)

11 Responses to “Goal Breakdown: Rangers at Senators”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Missed the game tonight. Were Richards and Gabbs on the roster tonight because they been AWOL on the scoresheet. Just saying.

    • Kevin says:

      Richards played better as the game went on, Gaborik was pretty quiet but had a golden opportunity in OT, set up by Brad

  2. rickyrants13 says:

    Gaborik had 7 shots on goal. Couldnt score

  3. Chris says:

    Have to say I liked Gaborik’s little pass inside, on the Callahan powerplay goal. That’s the kind of puck movement that can help.
    It’s only a little sample size, but he waited for the defenseman to move which allowed the passing lane. What I’m saying is, this team isn’t making the intelligent play enough – like that one.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Decent game, but not to what the teams capabilities are. Players are not making passes into scoring opportunities. They are not skating with their head on a swivel.

    Gabby was open all night and every time he would setup in the high slot , no one would pass, because they were more worried about retaining possession of the puck.

    Best players on the ice. Miller, Stepan, gabby, Cally, staal, Girardi, McD.

    Everyone else played scared. Richards is pressing way too hard. At times it seemed we were just trying to put pucks on net and get lucky. Not acceptable for the level of talent on this team.

    • Mike K says:

      I thought Kreider played well for the most part. He drew the two early penalties, and should have had a third with going hard to the net on the Anderson injury. He didn’t get on the scoresheet but I thought it was one of his better games this year.

      • VinceR says:

        But shouldn’t he get a minus on the score sheet for putting them on the PP in one instance? :)

  5. Walt says:

    I said yesterday that the Sens PP was deadly, and it killed us in the 3rd. I worry about this team holding the lead in the 3rd, again, I mentioned this before, and again, they couldn’t hold the lead last night.

    A simple question. Why is it that the so called stars, Jagr in the past, Gabby, Richards, all seem to suck at the shoot outs?

    This team needs a shake up, and someone mentioned that upon Boyle’s return, Miller should have been put in the Nash slot. None of the lines are performing as before, when he was sitting. Of all the players from last season, I believe that Boyle misses Prusty the most.

  6. Chris F says:

    Any word on Michael Del Zotto? I don’t recall him returning to the game after being hip-checked into the boards.

    That was a physical game. Richards took a beating. MDZ appeared hurt. Obviously, Anderson had to leave the game.

    We had too many opportunities to end that game and walk away with 2 pts. Unfortunate.

  7. SalMerc says:

    Is it me or has Hank taken a step back or are the rest of the goalies catching up?