Goal breakdown: Rangers limp out of Philly

April 16, 2013, by

The Rangers came into Philly needing to continue winning to really secure themselves a playoff spot, and did the exact opposite. They laid the proverbial egg, and adding insult to injury, lost Brian Boyle to a leg injury. The Islanders, Caps, Sens, and Jets all won their games, which means the Rangers are now on the outside looking in for the playoffs. I still believe they will hold on for a spot, as they have a game in hand on Winnipeg, but this road just got a lot tougher.

No pictures tonight with the breakdown, sorry folks.

Flyers 1, Rangers 0

On the Flyers rush, Luke Schenn was Mats Zuccarello’s man, but Zucc left him to attempt to block the shot from Brandon Manning. The puck got deflected and took a few bad bounces right to Schenn’s stick, who beat an out of position Henrik Lundqvist. The goal itself is the result of a few bad bounces, but if Zuccarello stays with his man, then Schenn never gets that shot off.

Flyers 2, Rangers 0

Rick Nash blew a tire at the Flyers blue line, and that led to an odd-man rush for the bad guys in orange. Erik Gustafsson took a shot from the top of the circle that beat Hank through the legs. Odd man rush or not, this is one that Hank wants back, as he looked to have a clear view of the shot with no tips or screens.

Rangers 1, Flyers 2

The Rangers caught the Flyers in a partial change, and John Moore hit an open Zuccarello at the blue line. Zucc, recognizing it was one-on-two, skated in with the limited room and fired a perfect shot past Steve Mason. This was a perfect shot, as he used the defensemen as a screen off the rush. It takes skill to pull that off.

Flyers 3, Rangers 1

The Rangers lost a face off in their own zone, and Ryan Callahan couldn’t get out to Kimmo Timmonen in time to block the shot. This was a set play, and I believe it was Jakub Voracek who blocked Cally’s path to Timmo. This was a blast of a shot that rang in off the post. Hockey happens sometimes.

Rangers 2, Flyers 3

The announcers said this was a broken play, but this was the result of puck pressure creating good bounces. Cally and Derick Brassard created some good pressure using their patented 2-1-2 forecheck, which led to a few failed clearing attempts and a bounce to Cally in front of the net. His shot was blocked, but the puck went right to Derek Stepan, who wristed it through Mason for the goal.

Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Empty net.

In the end, Steve Mason probably stole this game for the Flyers, as he made several great saves that either preserved a lead or kept the game scoreless. I can count about two or three where, if Mason was his usual self, then we are looking at a whole different game. But it wasn’t a different game, and the Rangers are now in ninth place with that game in hand on Winnipeg. At this point, they need to keep pace with the Jets, and get one point in that extra game.

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  1. VinceR says:

    Well at this time it’s TB and WIN in a 3-3 tie with 7:45 left in the third, plus NYR has the tie breaker with win percentage (I believe), so a little early on the outside of the playoffs, but the point is taken.

  2. Evan says:

    WPG and TB in OT.

    Absolutely pathetic. Torts cant get his team up after 2 days rest against a team that played last night? Our coach and his staff cant get our PP together in an entire season with this much talent? Utterly pathetic.

    Richards is playing himself right out of NYC. Absolute disaster of a player right now.

    You guys love to talk about execution, but we are just not a good team right now. Isles outplayed us saturday as well. Carolina put up 50 shots on us. Hank continues to steal games for us and that is why we are even talking about playoffs

    With tonights loss, 6th place is out of the question as far as i am concerned. We either have Bos/Mon waiting or a nice visit to Pitt.

    Nash must be feeling awful. He is literally back to where he was in Columbus for the past 7-8 years. Barely making playoffs, zero support and being double/triple teamed each game.

    • Less cranky Evan says:

      Well the Rangers did have better puck possession numbers than the Flyers. They had a +16 corsi, so actually it was about execution, or lack thereof.

      As for Cally and Step missing those chances, you’re right totally Torts fault. Probably Sullys too. Hell through Schonie’s hat into the ring as well. Fire them all and have them be coachless for the remainder of year.

      • Evan says:

        None of my points were correct? You just come on here, make fun of my name and show me zero respect. Class act you are.

        How about that first period? Coming out completely flat after having 2 days rest against a team that played last night? Great we outshot them, but who gives a S*it when most of our shots are weak. Only reason we took over is cause flyers had no legs in final period.

        You think torts is a good coach? The guy himself said he does not coach offense in a press conference. That is all you need to know about this moron. 0 for 5 on PP against one of the worst teams in the NHl and we looked completely lost on it. I cannot wait for this hack to be fired this summer.

        • Walt says:

          To Evan’s point, we played against AHL defensmen last night, and the PP couldn’t do squat. It’s not the end of the world, but I wish we can come out of the gate and get an early lead for once.

          It wasn’t the best game they played, but if these guys are pros, look in the mirror, and come out next game with fire in your guts!

          • Less cranky Evan says:

            You made some valid if not redundant points Evan, but I made some good points as well. So I guess our points cancel each other out and we can stop crying about the same crap every time they lose. Till the season ends these Torts arguments are pointless.

          • pavel says:

            Don’t forget one of the worst goalies in the league, in Mason. Somehow we made a trend of making horrible goalies look like Vezina candidates this year.

      • Joe says:

        +16 Corsi…..LOL…LOL

        • VinceR says:

          So you don’t like analysis past “it’s an L, fire Torts because he supports terrorism since he never said he didn’t”.

        • VinceR says:

          I mean say what you will about Torts, but I think it’s a lot wiser to know when you need to say something and when you don’t. I think he would at least know repeating yourself over and over with nothing new to say and zero analysis/logic/etc makes one look like nothing more than a ranting fool.

          Especially if they go out of their way to a website that touts advanced stats, then laughs at advanced stats. But that person would know if that was the best use of their time and had something better to do in their lives or not (I’m leaning towards no, nothing of value for themselves or those around them).

  3. supermaz says:

    Adding insult to injury?
    Best part of this game was Boyle getting hurt. Lets hope its nothing insignificant .
    Too bad Richards didn’t get hurt also.
    They are both completely useless.

    • Mr. Snrub says:


    • VinceR says:

      Aside from the fact that Boyle is an important penalty killer and dzone face-off guy which may have stopped one goal (point made below in comments), rooting for anyone, especially on the team you are a “fan” of to get injured is one of the stupidest things you can find on a board.

      Classy. Go make Philly your team of choice, you’ll fit right in as you yell “Get up Del Zotto, you ****!”.

  4. Chris F says:

    Did anyone else catch the NBC feed? While MDZ was down on the ice after taking a puck to the chin, the arena was quiet. The NBC audio clearly picked up the noise that was present: multiple Philly “fans” screaming “Get up, p*ssy!”, “Get up, baby!” and several other classless heckles. Stay classy Philly!

    • Walt says:

      That is Filathadelphia fans for you. These low life basta*ds boo Santa remember. Yes I watched the game on NBCS, and I thought I heard those remarks as well, but I said to myself that can’t be! The building was full of skumbags, as usual.

  5. Bloomer says:

    I disagree with all the negatively towards Brian Boyle. He is an excellent penalty killer and when the team isn’t scoring on the PP, you have to be really good at killing penalties. Not killing the last Flyer penalty was the difference in this hockey game. Brian is a foot soldier who plays with heart and soul. No he doesn’t have great hands or can skate like the wind, but he plays his role well.
    This team will make the playoffs. They been good and at times real bad this season. It will come together as this season winds down. With young players who have had a taste of the playoffs and have battle adversity, they are mature beyond their years. Believe.

    • VinceR says:

      Don’t forget, he is who they lean on for D-zone face offs too…that PP goal? A cleanly lost face-off by Richards.

  6. Mikeyyy says:

    Not going to give any anti torts comments here. I will wait to see if we miss the playoffs. Can we fire him if we don’t make the playoffs?

    • The Suit says:

      I think they’d give him until early next season would be my guess. Sather isn’t going anywhere, so it’s not like he is on thin ice himself.

  7. SalMerc says:

    Everyone here has high hopes for the team, but we are a team fighting for the last playoff spot. The optimists (there are many) are looking at possible fifth seeds, but in reality, if we make the playoffs, we have jumped the first hurdle. I do not think we match up well against any team AND can beat any team all at the same time. If the players are all good, can someone tell me how it ISN’T the coaching?

  8. Ren says:

    This game felt it was slow motion compared to the game prior against the Isle.

  9. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Rangers will make the playoff. Simple as that. I hope the loss to the Flyers woke them up to never look beyond the game at hand which is what they did last night

  10. Lou says:

    There appear to be 4 recurrent themes in the commentaries thus far – so here’s my take:

    On Torts – the guy IS an idiot. He specifically took Stepan out of the faceoff that Philly scored on to insert his boy Richie when he “should” know that the only faceoff person we have (aside from Boyle) is Brassard. Coaching error costing us goal.
    This in addition to overusing players causing exhaustion and then more play in our own end.

    On Boyle – he sucks, but is a decent alternative in faceoffs, penalty-killing and with no other better replacement, I prefer to have him healthy and playing that not.

    On the “flat team” theme – it was not as much that the Rangers came out flat, as much as Philly played like it was game 7. In spite of this, we did get 40 shots on goal and we would have won except for Mason. It was just one of those days. Sure we should have been tougher on the puck, but frankly we got out hit and beat by a team that played the best they can.
    Gotta admit I far prefer this team over the lazy ass team we had prior to the trades! No doubt!!

    And finally on Richards – IMO this guy will single-handedly cost us this season. Cant put him to kill penalties…cant win a faceoff…doesnt hit or pass well…cant score an open-net shot…He brings NOTHING. I cannot think of any aspect of his game that makes him worthy of playing time, much less the 18-20 per nite that he gets (except for the fact that he is the highest paid player).
    When you are holding your breath every time a player hits the ice because the other team has a glaring advantage, you know you got a problem. And when that player is your #2 center – then that weakness is magnified — and it puts far more pressure on everyone else.
    Richards is another in the long list of “star” players that come to the NYR to cash in on money and not the rewards, fame and accolades of adoring fans. He is no better than Drury, Fleury, Gomez, Brad Beck, etc., etc.