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Rangers right the ship, Lundqvist gets the shutout

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Rangers finally put together a complete team effort tonight, beating the Washington Capitals by a score of 2-0. The win was Henrik Lundqvist’s first shutout of the season. Every player on the Rangers played well, and the systemic breakdowns in defensive zone coverage were few and far between. This team wasn’t perfect, but they limited their mistakes and made the Caps pay for theirs.

The goal to this game was staying out of the box, and it was something that the Rangers failed to do, taking four penalties and giving the Caps a 5-on-3 opportunity. Despite the strong overall play, discipline needs to be worked on. Aside from that, it was a very complete game from New York.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Sharks 0

Turn around Carlson.

Turn around Carlson.

The Rangers had a solid cycle and puck movement on this 4 on 4 goal. There was a lot of player movement, finding open ice, and attacking that open ice. John Moore eventually wound up down low, and from there he circled back to high slot. The rotation confused Washington, and they left him wide open for the feed from Brad Richards. Moore let loose a quick wrister that went right over Braden Holtby’s shoulder.

Rangers 2, Caps 0

One step is all you need in this league.

One step is all you need in this league.

This goal was the result of another great shift by New York, something that was relatively consistent throughout the game. A lot of hard work, a lot of cycling, a lot of board work and blue-collar Ranger hockey. Eventually, with Richards maintaining possession at the boards, Ryan Callahan gained a step on John Carlson. Richards fed Cally in front, and the puck ricocheted in the air and Cally batted it into the net in one movement. It was a pretty goal.

The Rangers really did a great job of building off the positives from St. Louis and put together a solid team victory tonight. This was game one of a stretch of three where the Rangers are playing opponents who are struggling. They are in New Jersey on Saturday, and Philadelphia next week. A nice little win streak puts that whole west coast mess behind them. This is the Ranger team we are used to seeing.

20 Responses to “Rangers right the ship, Lundqvist gets the shutout”

  1. Seahorse says:

    their ability to recover pucks in the offensive zone was impeccable tonight

  2. Chris F says:

    Really liked just everything I saw from the Rangers tonight! Great win!

  3. paulronty says:

    Really liked those lines tonight. We could be a real force when Nash & Hags come back. This team could be a force if they play like this. I’ll even become an AV fan if they do, because he’s not soft like I thought. He dropped the hammer very effectively.

  4. SteveM says:

    I believe that’s 3 straight shutouts against the Caps dating back to Game 6 of last years playoff series

  5. Bloomer says:

    A great team effort but its only one game. They still only played 5 percent of their games. Its long season.

  6. rwa says:

    Solid game tonight.

    !) Best 60 minute effort in a long, long, time.

    2) Seemed like NYR vacated AV’s new system and collapsed around Lundqvist all night. My question is, did the team revert to the old way of playing, or did they just do a better job with the new systems

    • Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

      It looked like they played a little more zone. The PK won them the game. The 5 on 3 kill was nice. I thought for sure the Caps would score at least 1 on that. The Rangers decided to stick it to the Caps in the 2nd. They won that period and split the 1st before locking down in the 3rd. They still had a few breakdowns but Hank seems to be getting back to himself.

    • Dave says:

      The overload is not a straight zone or man coverage. It’s both. They executed it better last night, but there were still some issues (one play in the 2nd where I watched Girardi follow his man behind the net and up to the blue line).

  7. Ren says:

    Now lets see if they can sustain this. They did have a similar win vs the Kings. However this time around they have some easier competition to face the next few games.

    By the way, the first goal break down says “Rangers 1, Sharks 0″ :p

  8. Mikeyyy says:

    A win yes. New system. No

    As jonesy put it. “Unless there is a roster overhaul. The rangers will keep playing this way ”

    Good game. You bet it was.

    In other news, B leetch is on the player safety board after not getting his asst coach job with messier.

  9. Gary says:

    Everybody on the same page. Staal no longer looks lost, Girardi improved… the whole D looked solid. Yes, it looked like some zone but also tight man at times. I think they are getting to understand their roles back there. A couple gaps but this work in progress is tightening up.

    Hank was Hank and boy was it good to see that guy back. My ‘over rated’ comment looks like a bad one and I hope it looks ridiculous by the end of the season.

    I am buying on Richards. His energy is back and there is no reason that can not keep up. Imagine if he is Brad Richards again? It’ll be like getting a player for free since he was written off everywhere except the books.

    Overall the team looked like a TEAM. Liked the 3rd and 4th line grinding, and the way the other lines worked together offensively. A couple voids in Zucc and Pouliot, but… Finally, the guy everyone hates, Pyatt, looked good. Lumbering around and doing his job.

    What a fun game. Now they need to re focus and get this style ingrained and habitual.

  10. WilliamW says:

    Best game of the year, no question about it. The 2nd period in particular was complete domination. Richards looked great again, like him on the wing, and the D group picked up their games.

    Noticed that towards the end of the 3rd there was a Pyatt-DMoore-Boyle line that took nearly all the dZone draws. Think that’s an indication of what we could see when Nash and Hagelin return? Would mean the 3C spot is open

  11. Pete says:

    I wonder how many people got off the ledge with this win?

    On a side note, Yakupov is on the block. What do you guys think it would take and would it be a good move?

  12. Walt says:

    Let me start by saying BR looked good last night, and if I have to eat crow, so be it!

    J. Moore’s quick release, and score with the 4 on 4 play was beautiful. If I were MDZ, I’d be worried, this kid is quick, physical, and can shoot, and is fluid on his skates, everything MDZ is NOT!

    If Pouliot doesn’t come out of his coma, he may be sitting. I can’t believe he was a #1 pick, and been traded so many times, what the hell!

    PETE
    If the Oilers are in need of a D-man, and are willing to trade Yakupov, in a heart beat, AMF MDZ. He would be the sniper we need, along with Nash, and the kids developing at the AHL, let’s make a deal.

    • Pete says:

      I was thinking the same things Walt. A package around MDZ, a prospect and a pick, at this point I wouldn’t even care if Kreider was also going the other way…

  13. Joe says:

    What I saw was the best of Torts combined with AVs puck possession and movement. Looks good to me.

    • Walt says:

      The establishment of the fore check in the second was terrific, that is what won the game last night!

  14. Eric says:

    Solid 60 minutes of hockey. Hank and the defense looked good. I think Del Zotto will be gone sooner then later if Moore could string a few strong games together. I just think Moore should play with Staal.

    Callahan is a beast. Richards has been our best forward this season. If Richards plays this way the whole season he will not be bought out. Dominic Moore is turning out to be a very good signing.

    I think being out West for 3 weeks really hurt this team a ton. Traveling for work for extended period is brutal, even if you are pro athlete in the best hotels.

    I am feeling better about this team.

  15. Lou says:

    Its only one win, but it sure feels good!

    Roster changes still needed. Pouliot has to go. Tired of him trying to chip it out of the zone and just ice dancing around. Send him along with AHL player for Glencross.

    Pyatt has to go….cant see using a slow / cumbersome forward on penalty kills…replace with Powe.

    Fast replaced by Hagelin.

    Brassard’s best game so far, but still need some forward to stand in front of net….meaning Zuc needs to be used as spare player when play softer competition and we need big body forward.

    And finally, cant see us in biog games or playoffs with both Stralman and Del Z……need to hold onto Del Z and combine with either Kreider or Fast for Byflein.