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Goal breakdown: Rangers control Devils, win 4-1

The Rangers played one of their most complete games of the season as they eliminated the Devils from postseason contention, winning 4-1. The Rangers were the better team throughout led once again by Callahan and Stepan offensively with Henrik Lundqvist again in strong form in net. The Rangers are peaking at the right time. You have to enjoy the Devils mocks from the crowd toward the end. That feels good. So does seeing their head coach get ejected. This was a satisfying win for the Rangers. On to the goal breakdown.

First period

Rangers 1-0; Ryan Callahan

The Rangers struck early; after getting in deep and generating pressure along the boards the puck caroms off the boards to Callahan who, stationed to the right of the Devils goal caught Brodeur off guard to bank it off his right skate in to the net. The goal was basically a result of immediate puck pressure and a strange bounce that Callahan was able to take advantage of.

Rangers 2-0; Derek Stepan

Traffic + puck possession = goals. The Rangers cycled the puck down low effectively then moved the puck to the blueline where it eventually came to Ryan McDonagh. As McDonagh wound up for a shot, two Rangers (Clowe and Stepan) went toward the net and created a heap of traffic in front of Brodeur. McDonagh’s shot from the right point appears to take a deflection in front from Stepan as Brodeur could see very little as the puck found its way in.

Second Period

Rangers 3-0; Taylor Pyatt

Midway through the second, Brad Richards emphasised his recent upturn in form with a great steal to set up the third Rangers goal. After the Rangers had pressured the Devils for several minutes with a great consistent forecheck, Richards intercepted a zone clearing pass by the Devils showing great anticipation. Richards then settled the puck and fed a streaking Taylor Pyatt who beat Brodeur with a great wrist shot up high from the slot. The goal was a great counter punch by the Rangers, in particular Brad Richards.

Third Period

Rangers 4-0; Ryan Callahan (powerplay)

Grabbing a fourth Rangers goal, Callahan chipped one in from the right, over a diving Brodeur on the powerplay as Brad Richards fed him down low. The goal came after a selfish penalty from Patrick Elias negated a Devils powerplay. The goal highlighted some nice puck movement, vision and patience from the Rangers all over the ice. John Moore and Mike Del Zotto moved the puck quickly up high, on to Richards who faked the shot before feeding Callahan to the right. It was another heads up play by Richards, once again showing off some new found confidence.

Rangers 4 Devils 1; Andrei Loktionov

The Rangers gave up a late one to the Devils as Loktionov spoiled Lundqvist’ shutout bid with just over six minutes remaining. Following a turnover around center ice, the puck came to Loktionov to the right of Lundqvist, who was completely open. The Devil skated in closer and sent a low shot under the Rangers goalie into the net. A breakdown all over the ice for the Rangers; poor coverage, a turnover up ice and a shot that Lundqvist would expect to save more often than not.

Summing up

The Rangers harassed the puck carrier all game long. They played smart defensively, their defensemen pinched at the right times while the Rangers won puck battles all over the ice and controlled the boards. With Lundqvist making big saves when required the Rangers played well in almost every facet. They started the game well, and a dip in play at the start of the middle period aside they played with energy, discipline and a consistently aggressive forecheck. Just overall, a great game by the Rangers that underlines their recent improved play. Perhaps evidenced perfectly by Brad Richards’ vast improvement tonight and in recent games, this team appears to be rounding into form at the perfect time in the season.

Star of the game:

Ryan Callahan; once again did absolutely everything.

 

15 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Rangers control Devils, win 4-1”

  1. Spozo says:

    I get that they are playing teams they should beat but how much does this late push remind you of the Kings last season.

    • Rangers fan in Boston says:

      There are a ton of similarities I will admit. Lundquist will have to play like Quick did to have the same success that the Kings had last season. They need a productive Richards also, let’s hope this late push will lead to a productive postseason.

  2. Chris F says:

    What a glorious game! Devils are out; they received two unsportsmanlike bench minors; DeBoer gets tossed from the game.

    What more could we ask for besides maybe a Lundqvist shutout?

    Marty! Marty! Marty! Season’s over!

  3. Joestradamus says:

    What did Asham do to get the game misconduct?

  4. AD says:

    If and when Staal and Dorsett join this team, the starting lineup will be materially stronger than last year’s team — we can only hope both of those players return this season.

    • Matt Josephs says:

      John Moore has helped fill in the place of Staal very nicely. Could end up being the best part of the trade.

  5. Matt Josephs says:

    I’m really beginning to think Boyle coming back in unnecessary at this point. No points throughout the last few games have I found myself saying “Jeez I really wish we had Boyle”.

    Sure Boyle would be an upgrade over Kreider on that 4th line but that’s it. When Boyle returns he should replace Kreider and play 4th line minutes as well as PK time. I just feel like he makes other players play worse that are on his line (even though there might not be total statistics to prove my assertion).

    Rangers have 18 goals in the last 3 games which Boyle didn’t feature in. Sure for the most part some of that is coincidence but how much of it isn’t?

    • Ren says:

      The only coincidence is that these are must win games. Besides,Boyle was playing better. I don’t like all this irrational hate on him. HE IS A ROLE PLAYER, ok so he had a one 20 goal season. That was obiviously way above his career averages. When Boyle is one of your better players your team is not very good. He is where he should be on the 3rd/4th line and doing fine.

      • Matt Josephs says:

        I don’t “hate” Boyle. I acknowledge him for what he is. A solid 4th line guy who can kill penalties. The problem was he was playing 15-18 minutes a game. That can’t continue when he comes back.

        • Walt says:

          Matt

          Say what you want, but Boyle is one of the better PKer’s in the NHL. I agree with Ren, Boyle is not a scorer, and had a fluke year when he got 20, but bottom line, he is very underrated by too many people.

          I also believe that it took this long for Boyle to accept, and or adjust, his game to the fact that his bud Prust is gone. I for one will welcome Boyle back with open arms, because he is valueable to this team!!!!!

  6. cv1919 says:

    Any Clash fans out there? Does Cally not look like Joe Strummer? He certainly has the same intensity.

  7. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Taking care of business good win.

  8. VinceR says:

    Fact: At the time of game end yesterday, the Rangers were number one in the NHL in scoring in the month of April.

    I’m sure the facts won’t get in the way of people screaming “Torts stifling system!”

  9. SalMerc says:

    I was at the game and can tell you this, I understand why Torts has issues with Kreider. All too often he plays like my kids used to play 8 year old soccer; everyone around the ball. He seems not to stay in his position and follows the puck on defense and offense, inevitably not being where he should have been.