ECQF Game Six goal breakdown: Rangers force Game Seven in Washington

This game shall forever be known as the Henrik Lundqvist show. Lundqvist stopped all 27 shots thrown at him, including 12 in the third period, en route to a shutout and a 1-0 win for the Rangers. With the win, the Rangers forced Game Seven in Washington in a series that has seen the home team hold serve in each of the first six games. Braden Holtby dueled Hank shot for shot except for a lone Derick Brassard shot found its way through in the second period. Since there was one goal today, we will get to the goal and then some random game thoughts.

Rangers 1, Caps 0

The Rangers had a good shift here, cycling the puck with Brassard, Rick Nash, and Mats Zuccarello, John Moore, and Anton Stralman on the ice. There was one occasion when Moore pinched in to keep the puck in the Caps’ zone. The puck eventually worked its way back to Moore, who fed it to Brassard in the high slot. Brassard wound up for the shot, hesitated (he later admitted he shot because the fans kept chanting “shoot the puck”), then wound up again and ripped a slap shot that deflected off Steve Oleksy and past Holtby. The goal was a credit to the entire Rangers unit on the ice, and to Nash in front, who screened Holtby. No picture for this goal, nothing came out clear. Sorry about that.

Random thoughts:

  • I really liked that “shoot the puck” chant. The Rangers have this awful habit of passing up great shot opportunities, and while most of the time I don’t agree when fans yell “SHOOT,” this was much-needed. And hey, it led to a goal.
  • That Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan line sure did some great things out there. They were a combined +16 Corsi (6 for Cally, 5 each for Stepan/Hagelin). They generated chances, they played physical hockey. They played Ranger hockey. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that.
  • Brad Richards played less than ten minutes in this game. That’s a testament to his struggles this season. I still don’t think he gets bought out this season, but if he continues to play like this next year, he will be gone.
  • A lot of people are going to point to the four Washington penalties to none for the Rangers as bad officiating. But honestly, does this surprise anyone? The officiating has been horrible throughout this series and throughout the playoffs.
  • Admittedly, I could not watch the entire game (it was Mother’s Day), so I did not see much of Chris Kreider out there. From what I gathered on Twitter, he had a good shift or two. But based on the ice time, he still doesn’t have the trust of the coaching staff in his own zone.
  • Game Seven is tomorrow in Washington. The Rangers (note: Lundqvist) have a good record in their history on the second of back-to-backs. But they’ve one just once in Washington in the playoffs over the past three meetings. Something will need to give tomorrow night.
  • One thing that needs to be addressed: The Derek Dorsett/Mike Green situation. I was watching at this point, and the replays were relatively inconclusive about what Dorsett did. Dorsett is not known as a dirty player (zero suspensions), and the replays show Dorsett losing his balance as his leg gets tangled up with Green. My only thing here is that Dorsett wound up taking the worst of the collision (not the cross check, Dorsett went hard into the boards). I get the feeling that if you’re trying to slewfoot someone, you make sure you aren’t going to wind up going hard into the boards on your knees.

This was the first game where you can say the Rangers not only controlled play (they did, +3 team Corsi), but looked like the Rangers we expect to see. They aren’t going to completely dominate the Caps, the Caps are just too good and playing too well to be dominated. Of course, if the Rangers don’t have Hank, this series is a sweep. Your best player needs to carry you from time to time, and that’s what Hank is doing.

16 Responses to “ECQF Game Six goal breakdown: Rangers force Game Seven in Washington”

  1. Jeff P says:

    I disagree on Lundquist. I think he played very well, and stopped a lot of chances, including several quality chances. But the Rangers dominated this game from start to finish, and should have scored more.
    Lines clicked, Boyle stepped up, Brassard and Zucc are great together, and it’s matter of time until they get Nash going.
    Who was that wearing number 14, because I’m sure Pyatt can’t play that well.

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    As the writing staff here has cited the mantra it will come together. If that was together. I like it a lot.

    Great game around. Maybe they should start listening to the fans and shoot that biscuit.

    I used to have some great respect for ovie, but the sucker punches at the end of the game In the pileup…was cowardly.

  3. The Suit says:

    Life of Pyatt played well.

  4. Ray V says:

    I will take the win……
    Can we please force Boyle to take practice shots at hitting the net. He seems to miss on 9-10.
    Torts – just sit Richards. His game had been as blank as the look he always seems to have on the bench.

  5. Evan says:

    Brassard’s play may force the Rangers hand on richards this summer. I think we should keep him next year, but then there is the fear he gets injured and then cannot be bought out.

    I personally believe the Rangers should have had 7-8 power plays if anyone can even believe that. After the rangers were given 3 in the first period, the refs swallowed their whistles on many hooks and holding the sticks by washington. They did whatever they could to keep it even, but then Green’s cross check and ward’s shove were pretty obvious calls to make. Then again, with how our PP plays, we would need 20 chances to score. (0 for 3 on 5 on 3 chances this postseason.)

    On that subject, if the rangers had even a mid level PP this season, this series would have been over in 5. We have done a great job of getting PPs since game 1, just unfortunate we do not convert.

    Rangers are 1-10 in our last 11 playoff games in washington. I really cannot explain the discrepancy in our play at home and on the road this series. Literally night and day in terms of energy level and chances, but we are due for a win there! WE CAN DO IT!

    Hoping for the best! GO RANGERS and Boston-leafs going to 7!

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      Fully agree on the penalty assessment and the fact that the refs kept their arms down on many caps plays as the game went on.

      Off the top of my head I really didnt see much that the refs missed on behalf of the Rangers- save the poor initial call on the Calahan Hillen incident. We definitely got a gift there. After that though, they played a clean game.

      The caps, on the other hand, seemed very frustrated. I’m sure Oates is not happy with his teams execution. We will not see the same Caps team tomorrow. I expect Oates to get a handle on them and put a more dangerous team on the ice tomorrow night. Our compete level is going to have to be through the roof to pull this one out.

      Playoff hockey is the best god dang thing there is.

      • becky says:

        Caps play frustrated and with zero discipline, and then the coach blames the refs after the game. This is why they’re not going to go very far, even if they do advance tonight.

  6. Bloomer says:

    The line combos looked good tonight. Even the 4th. line with Richards flanked by Asham and Kreider had spark. That should of been 5 for Green on the vicious crosscheck to the face of Dorcett. I thought the league was clamping down on that garbage. That Moore kid continues to impress me, he is going to be a very good NHL player. Nash is due for a breakout game, playing with fellow Blue Jacket outcast Brassard and the Hobbit will give him some chances to use his lethal shot.

  7. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    This game should have been a 3-0 or 4-0 win. Give Holtby credit. He was stellar. That Dorsett play, it didn’t look good, I’ll keep it at that.

    I think the back to back is a benefit for the Rangers. It can only help that they have less time to think about how they’re going to win a game in DC.

    • VinceR says:

      Agreed, especially since I think Hank is more used to playing a lot with short/no rest…Holtby not so much (I saw a stat earlier today and his record in back to backs *I believe* is 1-4, with 3.7ish GAA)

  8. Chris F says:

    I love how all my Caps fan friends see the zero Washington PPs and claim the refs handed the Rangers this game, yet none can cite any missed calls.

    We all call out this team when they dont perform and when they are outworked. Too bad Capitals fans don’t seem to have the same integrity when it comes to assessing their losses.

    • Chris F says:

      And Puck Daddy has the fact that the Rangers took no penalties listed under its Dishonorable Mentions. Wow…

  9. SalMerc says:

    While it was a goalie show, the strategy of shutting down Nash and you shut down the Rangers offense seems to be very well thought out. We need to get something going on the other lines. Doubt there will be any changes tonight, but may need to play the 4th liners a bit more tonight as I fear fatigue may set in somewhere late in the 2nd period.

  10. Walt says:

    Just a thought, with the PP being so piss poor, why not put Kreider on one of the units?

    Watching the recap of the game on MSG, I thought I was watching “Hockey Night in Canada” with a younger version of Don Cherry. Ron Dugay looked like Bozo the clown with his jacket!! OK Ron, maybe not Bozo, but a clown just the same. LOL!!

  11. Rangers407 says:

    Trading Gaborik is looking better every day.