Goal breakdown: Rangers score four unanswered goals to down Caps

The Rangers continued their dominance over the Southeast Division today, knocking off the Caps by a score of 4-1. The Rangers started off slow –par for the course– but really turned it up in the second period, scoring twice to make it three unanswered goals (en route to four). Martin Biron was solid in net, and the powerplay continued its success. This was another solid game for the Rangers, who have now won five of six. On to the goals:

Biron wants this back.

Biron wants this back.

Caps 1, Rangers 0

There’s not much to really break down on this one. Marcus Johansson out-muscled Taylor Pyatt at the half boards, which honestly shouldn’t have happened. Since Johansson kept the play alive, the Caps were able to work the puck to the point for a shot by Steve Oleksy. Ryan McDonagh was tied up with Joel Ward in front, and it looks like the shot just evades Martin Biron. He probably wants that one back, even though it appeared that he took a stick from Ward to the mask as the shot came in (per Andrew Gross).

Wide open shot, elects not to shoot, still winds up with goal.

Wide open shot, elects not to shoot, still winds up with goal.

Rangers 1, Caps 1

After two Caps collided in the offensive zone, McDonagh, Marian Gaborik, and Derek Stepan had a nice passing play to break out of the zone. The Rangers eventually wound up with a 3-on-2 when Alex Ovechkin tried to hit Stepan and missed. Stepan wound up with the puck at the top of the circle with a clear shooting lane (picture above). Instead, he danced around ex-Ranger farm hand Tomas Kundratek, and drew Braden Holtby out of position. As Stepan went behind the net, he banked the puck off Holtby’s skate (he wasn’t hugging the post), and the puck went right in. The Caps actually defended the 3-on-2 well, but the Rangers still wound up with the goal.

Patience, patience, patience.

Patience, patience, patience.

Rangers 2, Caps 1

Brian Boyle, welcome back to the Rangers. Boyle had some great chances on this shift, and he made this goal happen in conjunction with Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers cycled the puck well, and eventually worked the puck to Boyle behind the net. McDonagh pinched in and Boyle got the puck to him, which forced Ovechkin to respect the possible shot. Instead of shooting, McDonagh gave the puck back to Boyle, who noted that Ovechkin was now out of position. Boyle patiently waited until Ovi attempted to get back to position. The resulting screen on Holtby gave Boyle all the room he needed.

Lots of room at the top of the circle.

Lots of room at the top of the circle.

Rangers 3, Caps 1

This powerplay goal was set up on the previous powerplay. If you recall, the Rangers –specifically Michael Del Zotto– were ripping shot after shot from the point. They didn’t score, but it forced the Caps to respect the point shot. Fast forward to this goal, and the Caps had to respect the shot from MDZ, This leaves passing lanes open. MDZ hit Rick Nash at the top of circle. With Ryan Callahan in front for the screen, Holtby didn’t have a chance. This goal was initially credited to Nash, but they gave the goal to Cally at the start of the third.

Swivel heads. No one see Richards.

Swivel heads. No one see Richards.

Rangers 4, Caps 1

Hagelin forced a turnover at center ice, and after a few passes the Rangers wound up with several opportunities. A Michael Del Zotto shot got stopped, and Michal Neuvirth gave up a juicy rebound to Rick Nash. His shot was stopped, but no one picked up Brad Richards at the back door (Marcus Johansson’s man). You can’t give up two juicy rebounds and leave the back door open and not expect to get burned.

The Rangers, winners of five of six, have the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets this week before a Saturday showdown with Pittsburgh. Those two games are easily winnable, which would give the Rangers wins in seven of eight heading into Pittsburgh. These are big points, as the Rangers now sit in second place in the Atlantic Division.

9 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Rangers score four unanswered goals to down Caps”

  1. Leatherneckinlv says:

    This was a solid team win. Great road game played by all. This team is starting to gel in all areas of the game. Our depth issues have been solved with the addition of Hamrlik. 3 great lines and our fourth line is good to as Powe kills penalties, Haley a great energy guy with fists and Halpren a good face off man. Pyatt, Miller and Boyle will start scoring

  2. Chuck A says:

    Off topic – any news on Staal?

  3. Spozo says:

    Blah blah. They need to fire Tortorella. Blah blah

  4. Chris_in_MA says:

    Maybe its just me, but I didnt view that as Ovie “missing” Stepan on that first NYR goal.

    If he had hit Stepan, it could have very easily wound up a headshot, and a devastating one at that, the way it was developing… and a little late, too.

    It looked to me like Ovie recognized this and opted to miss the hit instead, so as to not risk the issues we’re all more than aware of with head injuries.

    However, this is a good example of why, as a player, you have to make a serious choice. Lay him out and hope for the best or let him go… but thats how you get burned, as seen here.

  5. rickyrants13 says:

    Dont look now but the Blue Jackets are only three points out of a playoff spot. And only 4 points behind the Rangers.

    Ex Rangers getting the job down there. Two of them Prospal and Tyutin are in the top 3 And this is with Dubinsky still out.

    • Spozo says:

      I always liked Tyutin. He was a solid defender who would lay the body. He reminds me of Girardi but maybe a tick less as valuable. They traded him for Zherdev which in hindsight was a mistake. I wouldn’t fault the team for taking the gamble though since they were horribly offensively challenged at that time.

      Inagine a Rangers D with a healthy Staal, McD, Girardi, MDZ, and Tyutin. All in front of Hank.

      • thepeon says:

        The you can’t trade for Nash. Or sign Richards. Tyutin has a $4+ mill/season cap hit. I’d rather have Nash and Richards. Pass on Tyutin (though I do like him as well)