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Goal breakdown: Rangers can’t seal the deal

With Winnipeg losing tonight in regulation to the Capitals, the Rangers had a chance to clinch tonight. Unfortunately, the Rangers just couldn’t cash it in despite dominating puck possession (+25 team corsi), out hitting the Panthers and forcing more turnovers.

The Rangers have 52 points with two games left to garner the 2 points needed to solidify a playoff spot. Winterpeg has 51 points, but they only have one game left. The Jets will face off against the Canadiens at home on Thursday, who have dropped two in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10.

Also at the edge of the playoff cliff are the Ottawa Senators who have 52 points as well, but they have three games remaining. On the positive side, should the Rangers win out, they may be able to nab the 6th seed depending on what happens to the Islanders. Lots of variables here.

On to the goals…

Rangers 0, Panthers 1

(KUBA)

The Panthers opened the scoring early in the 2nd period. The play starts when the Panthers strip Nash of the puck in the offensive zone. From there they go on a transition rush, but every Ranger backchecks and drops into coverage. The puck gets worked to Filip Kuba at the left point. Kuba fires one into traffic, which gets deflected passed Lundqvist. Cheesey goal.

Rangers 1, Panthers 1

(PYATT)

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There was a lot to like on this goal. The play starts with Richards making a nice read on the breakout pass in the defensive zone. Richie hits MZA who leads the rush. Just beyond the right wing blueline MZA threads one through three Panthers to find Moore breaking down the left side. Moore cuts to the net (ala Rick Nash) and gets a shot off. As seen in the picture above, Robak (#47) had Pyatt but doesn’t stick with him. Pyatt makes him pay by tapping in Moore’s rebound off of his foot and in.

Rangers 1, Panthers 2

(PPG – GOC)

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This is an easy one to breakdown. The Rangers were overloading the half boards on the penalty kill, but still weren’t able to clear the zone. The Panthers moved the puck around and eventually the play comes off the wall (pictured above). With McD in no-mans land and Stepan unable to intercept the pass, Goc is wide open in the slot for the put home.

Rangers 1, Panthers 3 

Empty net. No breakdown.

Rangers 2, Panthers 3 

Brassard gets one from Richards in the final seconds, but it was too little too late.

15 Responses to “Goal breakdown: Rangers can’t seal the deal”

  1. supermaz says:

    Did Nash dress tonight ?

  2. Bloomer says:

    Sometimes in hockey the team that played the best doesn’t win. The Rangers shot a lot of rubber at the Florida net, but couldn’t capitalize. Florida made good on the few opportunity they had. The Rangers are in a dogfight for a playoff position. As long as they keep their composure, they will make it in. If they don’t, then it isn’t meant to be.

  3. supermaz says:

    A team that is in a dogfight for a playoff spot, playing basically an AHL squad who is playing out the string, should bury them. No excuses.
    This Rangers team just doesnt have what it takes. One and done.

    • VinceR says:

      Rangers dominated in all facets except save percentage. While I agree on the empty net comment (3rd goal) below, the first goal was a fluke. The second goal (PP) was aggrivating because it was due to a couple of mistakes. It happens. They also fought back after an empty netter, scored, and almost got a deflection shortly after that.

      The Blackhawks historic streak was ended by the 29th place team, there is a lot of parity in the sport. Should the Rangers have won? Yes. Did they play badly? No. Did they deserve to win? Probably. Shit happens.

  4. Tim B says:

    Nice to see Richards continuing to produce

  5. Matt Josephs says:

    I think the Panthers empty net deserves a breakdown. 6 Rangers skaters on the ice vs 4 Panthers skaters. A puck comes to a Panther (Drew Shore) in his defensive zone and somehow no Ranger player gets to him immediately. Shore has a solid 3 seconds to settle the puck turnaround and fire down the ice into the empty net…

    How the Rangers get no one on him in the offensive zone with 6 skaters on a powerplay is mind boggling to say the least.

  6. Walt says:

    Sometimes crap happends, and last night crap happened! When the Panthers scored on the PP, we had chances to clear the puck, but couldn’t, end of story. It’s not over yet, they kick tail tomorrow night at the Garden, clinch, and on to the play-offs!!!!! They had some puck luck last night too.

    On a side note, Asham isn’t the biggest man around, but he stood tall against Parros, and landed a few of his own. He has cast iron gonads going against that moose.

    • supermaz says:

      They are in Carolina tomorrow.
      If they can’t take care of the Panthers what makes u think they will beat a more talented Carolina team?

      • Walt says:

        my wrong, so beat the crap out of Carolina, they have had their number all season haven’t they?

  7. PAL says:

    Last night the Devils beat the Canadians, Philly beat Boston, and Buffalo beat the Penguins. I don’t think this means, a priori, that none of those teams that lost now can’t win against more talented teams than the ones they lost to. Bad teams sometimes beat good teams.

  8. jackelau says:

    we had plenty of SOG last night. this was not the end of a playoff series. Why pull Henrik at that point only down by 1? They can ice the puck all they want and all it took was a bad bounce and a shot down . Just another reason to think Torts is losing it…Did he think they were down by 2? or 3? I’ll take a tie , the point and what ever happens …

  9. HARLEMBLUES says:

    I hungry team pounds the Panthers at the drop of the puck.

  10. Chris F says:

    Pulling Hank was a bad call. I’ve never been a fan of pulling the goalie while on the PP down a single goal.

    The lack of icing allows the PK team to keep firing pucks down at an empty goal.

    Down a single goal, you should just let the PP go to work for 1+ minutes.