Goal breakdown: Rangers snap losing streak, beat Carolina in shootout

The Rangers finally righted the ship in more ways than one. They ended their scoreless streak at a little over two hours, they ended their pointless streak at three games, and snapped their three game losing streak. The Rangers came out flat in the first –as per usual– but dominated the second, third and overtime periods. The game was eventually won in a shootout when J.T. Miller lost the puck, got it back, and shot it over Dan Ellis from a bad angle. That’s probably his new favorite move. On to the goals (not breaking down shootout goals):

That's all the room Staal needs.

That’s all the room Staal needs.

Canes 1, Rangers 0

The Canes won the board battle on the near side, a battle that they really had no business winning. They eventually cycled the puck to Joni Pitkanen on the weak side point. Pitkanen had a lot of room to move in, and he did just that. Meanwhile Eric Staal, who was a part of the board battle creeped to the bottom of the circle, where Ryan McDonagh should have been covering him. McDonagh wasn’t really in bad position, and the pass from Pitkanen threaded a needle, but that opportunity shouldn’t have happened. Once the pass gets through, there’s nothing Henrik Lundqvist could have done.

Yup, that's a push.

Yup, that’s a push.

Rangers 1, Canes 1

After Hank made an incredible save, the Rangers took the puck down the ice to the Carolina zone. Ryan Callahan did his best Rick Nash impression, and drove to the net with the puck to attempt a stuff-in. His initial attempt was stopped, but Pitkanen pushed him into Dan Ellis, knocking him down. Derek Stepan picked up the loose puck and fired it into the empty net. The Canes wanted an interference call, but this picture clearly shows that Cally was pushed by Pitkanen.

The Rangers didn’t show up until the second period, but after that they owned the game. Dan Ellis is the reason why the Rangers didn’t win the game in regulation or in overtime. With the way the Rangers played in the last three periods, they deserved to win. Of course, it would be nice if they played a full game, but baby steps. A win is a win. They played well for 45 of 65 minutes. Take momentum to New Jersey.

45 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Rangers snap losing streak, beat Carolina in shootout”

  1. Spozo says:

    I can’t remember te last time the Rangers decided to shoot first in the shootout.

    The second and third periods were definitely something this team needs to build off of. Lets hope the short turnaround can help them get some momentum.

    • Dave says:

      They played very well those periods. I think that having the Devils tomorrow with no day off will actually help them continue it. Less time to forget.

  2. The Suit says:

    Hmm Torts haters quiet after a win…didn’t see that one coming.

    • Dave says:

      You just want to provoke them, don’t you?

    • Spozo says:

      Don’t worry they are preparing the “it’s only 1 win” retorts. Ya know the same idea that losing 3 after winning 5 of 6 doesn’t kill your season.

      • Evan says:

        Haha all you torts fans are delusional. That was a total “torts system” win. Henrik keeps us from going down 3-0 before we finally wake up and then we sneak away with a shoot out win after scoring one goal. Oh and we were at home. Imagine if this was on the road, it would have been a loss

        This rangers team probably has the most talent it has ever had at every level and we have one goal in like 180 minutes of action. Bravo torts bravo.

        Lets see how the team responds. I believe in the personnel of the team but I think last night was just a pathetic win at home. Torts is not the right coach for these players.

        I’ve been one of the more positive people on this message board all season, but seeing our offense regress this season with these players shows who is the problem

    • Joe says:

      I still think Torts is not the right coach to lead this team to a championship. I think I have made that point ultimately clear to all who have read my comments. One win doesn’t change my mind, but you seem to want to hear it again. I have made my thoughts clear about why I feel this way. I certainly don’t expect the Rangers to lose every game under Torts. Again. I just don’t feel he employs the right system to compliment the talent. I am very happy the Rangers stole 2 points last night, but they also gave Carolina 1, in a very tight conference. They will not win many games scoring 1 goal in regulation. You can say it was Ellis, but the Rangers continually make back -up goalies look like Vezina winners. Didn’t want to be negative but Suit wanted to hear it!

    • Walt says:

      Suit

      One game does not make a season. Lets hope this continues tonight against the dough boy, that is if he plays!

      Answer one question for me, what is it with us coming out in the firsy period, flat as a pancake? That seems to be a patern thats developed this season.

  3. rickyrants13 says:

    Still not happy with Torts one game doesnt change that And never will We got lucky tonite But we got the two points.

    Positives THE WIN, And Hank was great.

    Negitives ONE goal in Reg. No PP goals, Gabby was once again missing. Stepen was HORIBLE on faceoffs.

    Tomorrow we are facing a team with swiss cheez for goaltending. But they only let up around 20 SOG per game. We will be the tired team. So lets not get to excited yet. But hey 2 points is two points

    • The Suit says:

      atta boy ricky, i knew you had some positivity in you

    • Mr. Snrub says:

      Hey, show some respect to the NJ goalie. He has, uh, some great talent: http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh8tbgyG3L1qhnyjso1_500.jpg

    • VinceR says:

      Let’s be honest. If we lost 1-0 you would not have called Henke great.

      • rickyrants13 says:

        You cant call the losing goalie great Lets be real here. For we would have nothing to call the winner.

        Lets be honest What made him great was the SO saves.

        • VinceR says:

          They win 2-1 in a SO. He makes 1 save, the other hit the post. The save he made was good, but pretty much regular everyday Henke, taking away almost all of the net down low.

          But if he made 1 less save he didn’t play great?

          Or whether or not the team ties it, something he has nothing to do with, determines whether or not his individual performance was poor, good, or great? Not catching your logic.

  4. Sally says:

    Stephan scored the lone goal in regulation. I think we should give him a pass on the face-offs tonight.

    • Rob says:

      True and he has been improving in that part of his game as well lately. Btw Did you guys see them keep kicking Halpern out of the faceoff circle lol?

    • Walt says:

      Sally

      You read my mind!! This kid is developing nicely, but not everyone thinks so.

  5. TxRanger says:

    Steps has always struggled with faceoffs, that’s a fact. Torts face at the end of the game was priceless. We will hoist Lord Stanley by seasons end, I swear.

    • The Suit says:

      Stepan is winning 49% of his face-offs this season, up from 37% two years ago. Major improvement if you ask me. I do recall people wanting to fire Torts and hire Messier because they struggled at face-offs that year. So I guess everyone should want to keep Torts since Stepan improved. Halpern is winning 57%, Boyle is winning 57% (up from 48% that year) and Richie is winning 51%.

  6. rickyrants13 says:

    Give him a pass? Wuld you be saying that if they scored on one and we lost???

    Hell thats like saying well we lost but Hank kept us in it.

    Or like saying we lost but Gaborik got 8 SOG

  7. rickyrants13 says:

    Hey Suit he has been no where close to that the past week. And tonite he won 4 and lost like 10

    • The Suit says:

      I analyze games in blocks kido. I don’t over react to wins and losses. You know this. You have been reading my stuff for how many years now? But if you want to be annecdotal, Step won 60% of his draws in Pittsburg :)

  8. rickyrants13 says:

    And lets stop all of this BS about crying over win streaks and losing streaks. Over the past 15 games we have only WON 7 thats nothing to brag home about And even less when all signs are still pointing to a rough road ahead.

    • Rob says:

      One game at a time, we just halted a 3 game loosing streak, and I think these new lines energized the team a bit. Take the positives and build on em.

  9. Pete says:

    By no means did the team look good, better? yes, but good? not a chance.

    Richards is still lost but Gabs wasnt invisible the whole game so that’s good. Hopefully they can build on these 2 points.

  10. supermaz says:

    Can someone please tell me what Pyatt and Boyle have done to justify receiving more ice time than Halpern , Powe , and Haley ?

    • Dave says:

      To be fair, Pyatt and Boyle played well last night. But the fourth line has been relatively decent, I think they’ve earned more ice time.

      • supermaz says:

        I was there, can’t say that I saw anything positive from Pyatt or Boyle . Neither can skate or pose any scoring threat.

        • VinceR says:

          I was there too, I am most of the time! ;)

          That was the line that started turning the game around in the 2nd period. They had some extended shifts in the offensive zone and one shift in particular, where Boyle drew the penalty early in the 2nd. They didn’t score on the PP, but that is when the play started shifting and momentum seemed to change.

          But where the issue lies in consistency on that line, so it leaves it kind of open that a move will be made IF the right piece is there and the cost isn’t too bad.

  11. SalMerc says:

    Gabby, MDZ and JT played inspired hockey. The 3rd and 4th lines give us zero. As we are barely allowed to criticize Torts here, someone needs to get more out of the 3rd & 4th lines or get others in here. That is a management issue. Uh oh, I think I criticized the “machine”.

    • Dave says:

      MDZ had a fantastic game. One of the best I’ve seen him play. He’s been much more confident lately, driving to the net, jumping in on offense, and creating chances.

    • VinceR says:

      I’ll disagree in that the 3rd line had some key shifts, but yeah, it was only a few shifts and in the end there was no biscuit in the basket.

      I would think this is where the moves will be made before the trade deadline. Rumors have mentioned a 3rd line center, but who knows, that’s rumors.

      Asham getting better should help out the forth line…before he went out he was actually generating a lot of opportunities, came painfully close on a few, and even knocked one in. I was surprised how well he was skating. No one is going to confuse him with Pavel Datsyuk, but I think he helps the 4th line a lot.

  12. ranger17 says:

    MDZ did have a good game but he also got caught alot down low and a forward had to cover for him . But i would rather see that then for him to play passive . Don,t hear anymore on the MZA front , if we do sign him now he will be out of shape like the Hammer was . I don,t think he has played in 2 weeks now . Still think we will finish 5 or 6 and be fine . Pitt and Boston are 1 and 2 and the SE gets the third 4 will go to Montreal Rangers Carolina Tampa Isles .

    • VinceR says:

      I think the forward covering is part of the plan, which is why they try to get the puck low…it allows the D to get involved, but it gives a chance for someone to help cover if they do pinch.

      Off the rush is a little riskier, so they have to execute if they join then, or plan on hustling back.

  13. HARLEMBLUES says:

    This team rarely has an easy game.At home against any and everybody it’s a struggle. Weak teams at home should be blown out now and then. If you can’t roll teams in your building that’s a problem.Solid teams punish others when at home and play even on the road.No period should be a problem at home.Especially the first.It may be the coach.