A night of redemption as Rangers end road trip on high note

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers looked like the Rangers last night, playing a solid overall game and besting a good Detroit Red Wings team by a score of 3-2 in overtime. It was a night of redemption for three key forwards, as Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, and Derick Brassard scored the three goals for New York in the win. Rookie Cam Talbot was spectacular in net, getting his first win of his NHL career.

Despite being ravaged by injuries, the Rangers played AV’s systems to a ‘T’ last night, dominating in puck possession and looking like a team that appears to have finally caught on to their new coach’s styles. This was one of the few games this year where it looked like the Rangers had a compete level that met the expectations of the fans of an NHL club.

On to the goals:

Wings 1, Rangers 0

Get it deep.

Get it deep.

On the ruch, Zuccarello forced a pass, trying to get the puck to the weak side for either Jesper Fast or Anton Stralman. Instead, the pass deflected off Dominic Moore, and right to a backchecking Drew Miller. Miller scooped up the puck and raced back on the 2-on-1 against Marc Staal. Staal took away the pass, but Miller beat Talbot short side for the 1-0 lead. The red arrow is Miller off-screen, and the green arrows show what should have been done. The smart play is getting the puck deep and allowing Fast to collect the puck behind the net. At a worst case scenario, the puck is turned over and Detroit needs to go 200 feet for a chance.

Rangers 1, Wings 1

Go to the net, good things happen.

Go to the net, good things happen.

Another powerplay goal for the Rangers as Pouliot got some nice redemption. After a face off win, Ryan McDonagh was down low working the boards, so Pouliot covered at the point. Eventually the puck was worked to Pouliot, whose shot on net didn’t get through. Pouliot didn’t stop with the shot, he followed it up by charging the net, and was able to get it in the net following a scramble for the loose puck that his shot caused. Joakim Andersson was the guy who Pouliot was able to sneak around on his charge to the net.

Wings 2, Rangers 1

As it should be

As it should be

After an ill-advised penalty by Taylor Pyatt, the Wings went to work on the powerplay. The first picture (above) shows the Rangers diamond penalty kill as it should be, as the formation leaves the puck carrier with only one choice. The pass to the slot and backdoor are covered, the pass to the man in front is covered, and the pass to the point is covered. The only option here is to ring it around the boards.

Two guys watching the puck

Two guys watching the puck

This second picture above shows the failed coverage, as Daniel Alfredsson is left open in the slot. Dominic Moore (circled) was looking at the weak side and back door, as he should be. The problem arose when both Ryan McDonagh and Derek Dorsett were caught watching the puck carrier, instead of one focusing on Alfie in the slot. With that passing lane wide open, it was an easy rip.

Rangers 2, Wings 2

No blown coverage, just a great effort.

No blown coverage, just a great effort.

Fast forced a turnover in the neutral zone, and the Rangers were able to convert that into a goal. After the Rangers were able to get the puck deep. After the initial point shot following the turnover was stopped, Andersson (again) wasn’t able to stop Zuccarello from banging home the rebound, even though Zucc was falling as he shot it. This goal was Zuccarello’s redemption for his earlier misdeed and an overall poor first eight games. This was a great effort on his part.

Rangers 3, Wings 2 (OT)

Tough call for Kronwall.

Tough call for Kronwall.

This goal was all Pouliot. A solid effort along the boards led to him chipping the puck past Kyle Quincey in the defensive zone. With Quincey beat and Brassard streaking down the ice with Pouliot, Niklas Kronwall was left in a tough position. He had to make a choice of defending the 2-on-1 and hoping Quincey could catch Pouliot on the backcheck, or make an aggressive play and force Pouliot to chip it past him. He chose the latter, and it backfired. Pouliot chipped it by Kronwall, and Brassard had the breakaway winner with less than 30 seconds remaining in overtime.

The long road trip is finally over for the Rangers. They ended the trip 3-6, which is worse than the 4-4-1 we would have hoped for. Regardless, they now get to play a schedule that resembles one for a normal NHL club. The home opener is Monday against Montreal, and they should be bringing the momentum from their first complete win home with them.

13 Responses to “A night of redemption as Rangers end road trip on high note”

  1. Walt says:

    The first of the season for 3 guys, Zucc, Brass, and Pouliot. It’s about time!!

    This kid Talbot looks pretty good in net, real cool, doesn’t seem to get off his game under pressure.

    Monday, at home, lets get some sort of winning streak going.

  2. Sally says:

    After this game, I’m not so gloomy about the season opener and Hags will be back.

  3. Sally says:

    Oh, and other people other than Richards can score.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    No comment from frank? I guess when we are winnings game it’s hard to complain

    3-6. Is ok. So to maintain .500 we need to go 7-4. Still doable. See patience. Everything reverts to the mean. If that’s the case I’m expecting some offensive breakouts here soon.

  5. Gary says:

    A somewhat disgruntled fan yesterday:

    “I realize I hopped on the BellyAching Express here with everyone else but I think they are going to beat Detroit tonight. 3-2 in OT.”

    A pretty happy fan today. ;-)

  6. Centerman21 says:

    Boyler had a great game last night. He was all over the place. The defense played well and I think that’s why we won this game but it was almost a complete team win. 17 players worked to get a win. Pyatt not included. He took bad penalties and coughed the puck up.

  7. AD says:

    Two games in a row where the compete level was ok (vs Philly) to good (vs Detroit). Something to build upon.

    Let’s hope this is the beginning of some consistency (and points!).

  8. Bloomer says:

    Compete level in this game was really good and I thought both goaltenders put on a good show. When you see young players like Miller, Kreider, Fast, Moore and Talbot in the line up it gives one hope for the franchise. Sather still has to go.

  9. Eric says:

    I was a disgruntled, depressed Rangers fan that was not happy with this team. I am glad to eat crow after my post on this site yesterday.

    I called out Puliot and he came through in spades. The defense played well and it looks like they are grasping AV ‘s system.

    I am hoping we have turned the corner and will play like this team could play. I felt this way after the Kings and Caps game and this team laid eggs in the next game. Hopefully they will beat the Candians.

  10. Craig says:

    Good sign, but lets hope for more consistency. We need to reel off 3 or 4 wins in a row. Who was saying we have no other good goaltender in our system? The more confidence Talbot gets, the better he will get. I was sorry the Rangers gave up so quick on Chad Johnson but things are working out with Talbot
    Pyatt must go. This guy bring little or nothing to the table. Bring up another kid or make a trade.

    • branted says:

      Pyatt was the lone sore spot on the night for me. Hope he’s scratched on Monday, give Masher another go here, at least he’s willing to handle some of the heavy lifting.