Goal Breakdown: Rangers stink it up in Pittsburgh

Well, the Rangers got dominated in Pittsburgh today. We can’t even say it was unexpected. The Rangers were absolutely dominated in the first period to the tune of a -24 Corsi (33 shot attempts for Pittsburgh, 9 for the Rangers). It was a miracle that the Rangers were only down a goal in the first, mostly due to the play of Henrik Lundqvist. That said, the entire team –including Hank– was sloppy for a third straight game. This needs to stop. On to the goals.

The blurrier the picture, the more fails on the play.

The blurrier the picture, the more fails on the play.

Penguins 1, Rangers 0

The Rangers attempted to gain the Pittsburgh zone following a face off, and Taylor Pyatt turned the puck over at the blue line instead of getting the puck deep. Roman Hamrlik didn’t win board battle at the Ranger blue line. Anton Stralman got beat, Henrik Lundqvist was off his angle. This goal was all sorts of fail. It was not a good way to start the game. If everyone on the ice could re-do that shift, they would.

This needs to be stopped.

This needs to be stopped.

Pens 2, Rangers 0

With the Penguins on a powerplay, and Jeff Halpern without a stick, the Pens do a great job cycling the puck. Tyler Kennedy winds up with the puck at the weak side face off circle, and rips it past Hank. Still unsure if Steve Eminger deflected it by accident, but if he didn’t Hank wants that one back.

Single arrow is where Richards should go.

Single arrow is where Richards should go.

Pens 3, Rangers 0

The final nail in the coffin came when the Rangers again failed to get the puck deep into the Pittsburgh zone. Brad Richards was the culprit this time, who coughed the puck up at the blue line, then failed to backcheck properly. The appropriate play is for Richards to go after the second man (Pascal Dupuis) on the potential two-on-one. Instead, he makes a lazy stick swipe at the puck carrier (Dustin Jeffrey), who Stralman was already covering. After that, it was a nice pass by Jeffrey to Dupuis who finished strongly.

The Rangers had a chance to steal two points in this game because Hank kept them in it (despite letting in two bad angle goals). The offense was non-existent, the defense had more miscues than I have fingers and toes. This was the third straight sloppy game for the Rangers, and they have scored just twice in three games. There’s still a lot of hockey to be played, but time is running out.

48 Responses to “Goal Breakdown: Rangers stink it up in Pittsburgh”

  1. Pete says:

    Terrible, just plain terrible.

  2. Spozo says:

    It’s not panic time yet but we are creeping up on that point.

  3. RangerTex says:

    Whoever is interested in Torts system, this is how he described it in his own words:
    [QUOTE]For us to get over on the right side, is to continue to try and defend the proper way, defend hard and [B]hopefully that we get a couple of lucky bounces[/B] maybe to bring some confidence to our guys offensively because I don’t think we’re far of[/QUOTE]

    • Dave says:

      He’s basically just talking about puck luck, confidence, and physicality.

      • Matt Josephs says:

        The team could have gotten all the luck in the world today. I still don’t think they score a goal.

      • RangerTex says:

        He also said he doesn’t coach the offense, he leaves it up to the players. “we stay out of the way”. How does that make sense?
        1 – Either he lied and he threw the players under the bus. Both of which is not a good outcome.
        2 – He told the truth. Then you realize that’s why players look lost in the offensive zone.
        3 – How are rookies supposed to learn the offense at this level?
        4 – As to that famous defense he teaches, it hasn’t looked good this season. It looked good last season because Hank was standing on his head.
        His “puck support” system leaves a lot of holes. The slot is open most of the time if the puck is in the corner. The points are open all the time.

        This team needs a spark, either a coaching change, doubtful that’s gonna happen this season. Or hire an offensive guru as assistant coach. Or trade someone. Or call up a kid. Or bench someone.
        Don’t you wonder why Richards hasn’t been benched yet? Maybe that’s the spark the team and Richards need.

        One more thing. Richards was signed at the behest of Torts. It will be interesting to see how the Sather Torts relationship is affected if he continues to struggle.

        /Rant

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Numbers to munch on. Lets see if you guys can figure out the question

    Start
    10-3-1

    Then 2-7-3

    Who am I?

  5. Sally says:

    Nash has gone invisible again. Richards is just horrible and moving Gaborik to the right side hasn’t kicked in yet. These top players need to be scoring on a regular basis and it is not happening.

    • Dave says:

      Nash can’t really get any blame here. He can’t do it himself.

      This is just a horrible time for both Richards and Gaborik to have off years.

      • Sally says:

        It just frustrating because they were so much fun to watch last year and I think everyone assumed that it would continue this year.

    • Blueshirt In Paris says:

      Again? When exactly was the other time? When he was out with injury?

      He looks a bit tired, not as explosive as before. Also loosing streaks can zap the energy out of you as well.

  6. Jess says:

    It is not off years and it is time to realize that what we are watching is a repeat of Feb 2009 when the team tossed Tom Renney under the bus.

    You have 3 of the most talented offensive weapons in the NHL but you are playing a system that sucks the life out of their game.

    Glen Sather there is a call from Lindy Ruff on line 1. Glen Sather Lindy Ruff on line1 please

    • Dave says:

      Richards has played for Torts for 8 1/2 years, and Gaborik for 3 1/2 years. It’s not entirely on Torts.

      • Spozo says:

        I agree I just don’t understand how you can blame the style of play on Richards and Gabby sucking. Under this same style Gabby put up 40 goals last year and Richarfs had 66 points

    • Rob says:

      So you’re cool with a coach that plays one of, if not the most conservative, boring, trap, reserved systems then?

      • VinceR says:

        2-1-2 forecheck is neither a trap nor conservative.

        • Rob says:

          If you think Lindey “I Take SlapShots On Penalty Shots” Ruff plays 2-1-2 Hockey, then…I dont know what to tell ya. Sorry call me vein if it’s the proper word here but I’m 41 yrs old and have only missed a handful of games since I started watchin in 79, and I can tell ya I’d rather be a fan of a loosing team that plays forward, exciting hockey then be a part of a boring trap 1-3-1 variable lock that I see Lindey has used for over a decade!

          • VinceR says:

            Ha, miscommunication Rob..the reply format tricks me sometimes (eyes getting too old to track the boxes), and before Spozo responded, I thought your post was in reply to Dave, talking about Torts.

            So I guess I was arguing with someone I agreed with. Yes, I agree, we don’t need Ruff.

        • Rob says:

          Thanks Dave for the link. I’ve read it before and find it very informative. I’ve coached and played hockey the majority of my life but with that being said it’s always good to stay on top of things because systems are alyways evolving over time.

    • Matt Josephs says:

      Lindy Ruff is trash. His first years in Buffalo his coaching strategy was “Great save Hasek, now let’s move the puck up the ice”!

      Then after Hasek left he applied the same strategy after missing the playoffs a few years, only with Ryan Miller in net.

    • RangerTex says:

      If the coach stresses defense, would you as a player focus on defense or offense?

  7. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I am with Jess, bring in Lindy Ruff but as an assistant. After todays game my head swivelled towards Trots, Mind you I still have confidence in him however I am questioning how the players have responded collectively. This is am entire team in disarray and the onus goes to the coach

  8. Chuck A says:

    Underperforming stars and a highly criticized coaching schema. Sounds like pre-2011 Ranger hockey.

  9. rickyrants13 says:

    THE BLAME GAME AGAIN.

    Why is that we keep comming back to this same point with this team?

    13 years ago Sather came in he said the system was empty. We brought it. We knew it.

    8 years ago we traded many of aging stars and Ranger ledgends. To restock the system. And for the most part it has worked. We have many drafted players in the system now The likes we havent seen in a very long time.

    The thing is that not many of these drafted players are the type we need to play the system that Torts wants to play.

    And unless we get lucky and maybe move a few it looks like that will continue. As for most of them are on the smallish side.

    Yes Hags has speed and he is fiesty But he is too small and gets knocked off the puck way to easy. He is great in the open ice. But lets face it this is the NHL and on most night there isnt much open ice.

    This can be said about Stepan, Gaborik, Cally and Miller. Cally on many nights can hang with the big boys. But he cant do it all by himself. And when he has to play with the smaller players thats what they are asking him to do.

    This is where the loss of Dubi. and AA hurt us. Would I make that trade again. Yes I would. But I would have had a better plan to replace some of what we lost in the gritt that Dubi brought game in and game out. And losing Dubi, Prust and Mitchel we didnt just lose one player that fit that mold we lost three.

    As for our D they are playing like they are lost out there. And we all know they are far better then that. So whats going on there???

    • Evan says:

      I’m sorry but we gained a lot more than we lost in the Nash trade. Dubi was literally producing nothing for 4.2 million a year. Artie had potential, but you make that trade everyday of the week. So can we stop brining that trade up cause not having dubi and Artie isn’t the reason we are losing and not scoring.

      I also refuse to believe last years team was more fun to watch or that last years team was better. Henriks super hero performances masked all the weaknesses of this awful boring system torts has employed. Do you all realize sauer only play 18 games, staal wasn’t himself until the final 15 games, mcd was pretty much a rookie? We got 109 points with an offense that could barely score and half a defense. This year we add a top 10 talent and this is what we are doing?

      Torts system is not working. You also talk about John Mitchell. He has 10 goals in Colorado but torts started playing him 6 minutes a game in the playoffs. He not only has no faith in bottom line players but he seems to have lost our star players like gabi and Richards. I don’t see guys out there who want to play for him plain and simple.

      I still think we can turn it around, but with henrik not at Vezina level torts system is showing how awful it is plain and simple. Renney employed a boring system cause he knew our strengths: henrik and jagr. What is torts excuse for us playing this slow, grinding, awful system with so much more talent?

      • Walt says:

        Evan

        Your right on the mark. I watched the game with my son-in-law, from Pittsburgh, and it killed me. If I have to lose, let it be with a wide open offense, at least you see some scoring, and not fall asleep being bored to tears.

        Yes, Torts has indeed lost this team. No heart, no sense of urgency, just blaaaa!!!!! We have a good coach in the system, and that is Shoaney, use him to the end of the season, and then conduct a search for a coach who isn’t thick between the ears, who can teach, be open to new ideas, and more importantly, LISTEN!!!!!

        If we keep this up for a few more games, we will not make the play-offs, and will be a seller at the trading deadline.

    • Rob says:

      I couldn’t have said it any better Ricky. Evan he’s not against the trade. In a perfect world…If Nash was on LAST years team say minussssss take a pick..Zucc. Then this team would have been set lol. And if my mother had…. ye ye I know, just having fun lol.

      • Evan says:

        No the point is the dubi and Artie discussion is irrelevant. Why are we doing poorly right now? Cause our offense is miserable. So having Artie and dubi literally solves NONE of our issues.

        I am tired of bringing up those guys who were mediocre and we agree it was the right trade.

        Also, with henrik not being at his Vezina level, it is clear that this system just sucks. It’s not like having guys who “fit into torts system” helps anything. We didnt score last year and we are definitely not scoring this year. If torts can’t adapt to his new all star personnel then he has to go. End of story

        • rickyrants13 says:

          You missed the point. The point I was making had nothing to do with them scoring. It had more to do with them two Being able to play Torts style of hockey better then the ones we replaced them with.

          You can say what you want that Nash can outscoe both of them on many a nights. But there is no way Nash is keeping the puck out of the net the way those two could.

          Plus like I said before Dubi and Nash were not the onlyones that are gone from last years team. All you guys keep doing is looking at the Nash deal.

          But we lost many more key roll players that also helped a great deal in keeping the puck out of OUR net.

          And thats all fine and dandy when your stars are Scoring. But ours are not. And what we are seeing here all over again is the same thing we saw back then STARS dont score so everyone jumps on the roll players and how they cant score. Thats why players like Otrmier, Betts and Avery were removed. To name a few.

          • Evan says:

            What is torts style of system? Pray that henrik posts a shut out or a 1 goal game? You are giving these grinders way too much credit for our success.

            Dubi was a third liner at best when his NYC tenure ended. These grinders literally couldn’t score to save their lives.

            Torts keeps getting the best talent in the NHL and our offense seems to get worse. His system is clearly wrong.

            Henrik had a sub 2 GAA in the playoffs last year and went 10-10 in the playoffs. That’s all you need to know about how awful torts offensive system is and how little our “grinders” and bottom line guys produce. Our team has studs and talent, and torts needs guys like dubi you are telling me to succeed?

            Torts is failing plain and simple and henrik not being super human shows how awful his system is.

            • Spozo says:

              How many other goalies in last years playoffs had sub 2.00 GAAs? You can’t use a playoff win-loss record to critique anything. Either you win the cup or you have more losses than wins.

            • rickyrants13 says:

              You clearly DO NOT know how to read. Its almost shamefull how I put this point blank and you still got it wrong.

              I never said that he needs them to succeed. They are clearly not succeeding. I said THOSE PLAYERS and its simple were better suited to play HIS style then the ones they were replaced with. And dont even go there. There is not one person out there in their right mind. That will say that Nash, Pyatt, Asham, Halpern and freeking Bickel are better at grinding the puck down low.

              Then players like AA, Dubi, Feds, Prust, Mitchel. Are you kidding Me?

              And before you go off the deep end. Im not saying those players were better then what we have now. Im SAYING that they were better for TOrts system. And its a system that I am not a fan of at all.

              I sure as hell hope you understand this better then you did the last time.

  10. rickyrants13 says:

    O and nice recap Dave

  11. Mr. Snrub says:

    Had the unfortunate displeasure of being at this game live (I’m a grad student who lives in Pgh). It was nice to draw laughter in the 3rd period when I yelled out loud ‘SULLIVAN, YOUR POWERPLAY SUCKS.”

    Aside from that, it was a miserable experience.

  12. Roxanne says:

    are you all serious? they lost 3 games. relax. have some fun. that’s what it’s about.

  13. Ray says:

    On a different note…
    Living in Hawaii I got stuck watching the Pens TV coverage and not MSG. I always thought the Sabres TV was the worst there is…. until I got to listen to the Penguins TV broadcast. What a one sided distorted view of the game they had.