Goal breakdown: Rangers drop tough one in Pittsburgh, grab a point.

 

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

The Rangers dropped a tough one to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, 2-1 in a shootout.  The play of Marc-Andre Fleury was the only reason this game wasn’t a repeat of Wednesday night.  A truly sensational performance.  While the loss stings, securing 3 out of a possible 4 points in a home and home with the Pens is more than we could have hoped at the beginning of the week.  On to the goals…

Penguins 1, Rangers 0

  • The Pens started to get their forecheck/cycling going to begin the third period.  Chris Kunitz made a nice play with the puck behind the net, and found an unguarded Jussi Jokinen in the slot.  He blasted a laser over Hank’s glove, and Pitt had the first goal of the game.

Penguins 1, Rangers 1

  • This goal was perfect execution of a set play off the faceoff.  Set up in the offensive zone, Rick Nash positioned himself in the shooting lane in the high slot.  The face-off came right to him, and he slid a hard wrister between the legs of Fleury.

Shootout

While the Rangers weren’t quite as physical as they were on Wednesday, they generally kept up a high level of play throughout this one.  Fleury really was the difference.  Some saves that stood out for me were two gloves saves on Derek Stepan, a beauty on a partial breakaway by Brian Boyle, and a scrambling recovery save on Derick Brassard.

The Rangers continued to create chances and played a solid defensive game.  Hank was Hank, and on most nights, they win this one in regulation.  With the point, the good guys grab the 7th spot in the East and are tied with the Islanders with 40 points.  The Blueshirts are right back at it against the Cam Ward-less Carolina Hurricanes.  Faceoff is at 7pm from Raleigh.

25 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Rangers drop tough one in Pittsburgh, grab a point.”

  1. Tim B says:

    Got alot of good chances. They seem to be faster. Good passing. Good shots. I think we need new refs. Cooke, Dupuis & Murray should all have recieved penalties in my opinion. It would have been a whole different ball game. Rangers could have went on the PP and scored the game winner.

    • Justin says:

      I agree on the refs Tim. I thought there were quite a few missed calls.

      • Mr. Snrub says:

        A lot of clutch and grab…tough to beat the late 1990s Devils out there

        • Dave says:

          My philosophy is that if you allow the refs to affect a game, you’ve already lost.

          That said, Fleury is the only reason they lost, and they at least got a point out of it.

          • Mr. Snrub says:

            True…Fenwick was +27 and Coris was +30. Marc-Andre Five-hole closed his five-hole enough last night to steal one

      • Chris F says:

        Yes, the refs definitely missed a lot of calls, the slash on Nash, the slash on Lundqvist, Cooke instigating with the bench… Del Zotto definitely got away with the elbow on Neal, though it wasn’t intentional. Refs just missed alot tonight.

        Guess that’s the end of the Cooke reformation project? His inner goon was on full display tonight.

        Great effort, though, by the boys. 3 outta 4 is more than acceptable given the opponent.

        • Walt says:

          You should have heard the Pens broadcasting team complaining about the calls that should have been made against us. One in particular against Step, here is a guy who is one of the cleanest players in the NHL, and called him a cheap shot, what the hell are they smoking?

          Del Zotto did get away with one, but it was Neal, who cares, another cheap shot bastard child out of Pittsburgh!

          We took three of four this week from them, I believe if we play them in the play-offs, with Dorsett, your not going to see Cooke pull his crap again!

  2. Jackson says:

    Any word on whether or not Ludqvist actually tweaked his groin during the shootout? It appeared that he hurt himself going down, the commentators mentioned it as well.

    • Justin says:

      I haven’t seen anything official, but from experience, he looked fine. Those types of tweaks hurt for a minute or so but I’d be surprised if it was anything serious.

      • The Suit says:

        Hank said he’s fine in the post game. Said it stopped hurting, but will reevaluate tomorrow.

  3. Mr. Snrub says:

    1. Had to mute Staggy and Errey in the 2nd period (I live in Pgh). They were in great (read: terrible as always) form tonight. Trying to make NYR sound like a trap team.

    2. Matt Cooke… I have nothing nice to say.

    3. I guess Stralman was to blame for the Jokinen goal? McD was already behind the net when he chased behind too, leaving Jussi wide open before Mcd or Cally could get there. Pretty great defense in the game aside from that.

    4. Guess we should sort of be happy to take 3 points out of 4 here. Have to take it to the Canes tomorrow.

    • Walt says:

      Living in the Harrisburg area, we had to see the game on Root, and that team of broadcasters is by far the worst in the NHL.

      Did they say anything about Neal after the game, is he concussed???? I turned it off as soon as Cally missed his shot.

  4. Rob says:

    Thought we arguably played the best game of the year, top 3 for sure.

    Thought we did the right things in the O zone, and got numerous cycles going deep in the zone through 4 lines. This is admirable, especially against this D, even w/o Letang.

    Although they pressured us at times, our D stood strong, and the breakouts were smooth, considering the state it’s in at the moment.

    Boyle is making me eat my words from earlier on this season, and looks like a man possessed out there. Did you guys watch that interview? He had that “Private Pyle” in the bathroom stall, look on his face.

    Well there’s so many more good things that I witnessed tonight that I’m sure we can all agree on. So this is a game we should have won, but Fleury was zoned in on this one, especially after what happened to him last game. Let’s just keep this up and it will inevitably equal to more goals and most importantly WINS! LGR!

    Oh…Love you Step, but I wish you put a lil more pressure on Dupuis.

  5. sean says:

    We did we let Cooke stand there and yap for so long? I would have wacked him and took him to the box with me to still save the PP. Cuz what did he do later? He ran Hank…Oh and Boyle…YOUR **** IS HUGE! Grow a pair already!

    • sean says:

      Why did we…

    • Rob says:

      Well compared to earlier this year I think It’s starting to grow…..It’s developed into a hermaphrodite now, and hopefully will grow in time for playoffs….LOL…I know that was tasteless, but am adrunk and pissed off at this game tonight, when I know I should be happy..

  6. HARLEMBLUES says:

    3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

  7. Randy says:

    I actually cannot listen to those announcers anymore. Terrible.

  8. Leatherneckinlv says:

    yup…Fleury is the only reason the cowards won tonight….agree about staggy and Errey…they are putrid homers

  9. supermaz says:

    Best part of the game was watching Girardi dump Malkin on his ass late in the third.

    • Walt says:

      BEAUTIFUL, watching Igor get dumped like that. Did you see his face afterwards????

  10. Mikeyyy says:

    I liked the reverse check by mdz.

    Hey if your going to plaster me from behind, I’m gonna put an elbow up. You don’t have to take the hit without giving some back.

    That creates space for you as the softer players won’t come in hard if they know your going to messier them.

    Hard game. Nice chances. I fear torts will now tinker since we didn’t have any puck luck.

  11. Dave says:

    If you told me on Wednesday that we would take 3 of 4 possible points in a home-and-home against the Penguins, I would’ve laughed.

    Those were huge points. They needed them.