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Rangers “fail to compete” in loss to Bruins

November 30, 2013, by
Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers showed up in Boston aiming to exact some revenge on Tuukka Rask and the Bruins for stealing one in New York earlier this month. However the Rangers, according to coach Alain Vigneault after the game, failed to compete and didn’t appear to be motivated. After taking a 2-1 lead, despite being dominated in the puck possession game, the Rangers just couldn’t hold on to the lead. A blown coverage led to the tying goal, and a turnover led to the eventual winner.

Once again the powerplay failed to convert despite five opportunities, which was just one of the many things that this team failed to execute yesterday. There were turnovers galore, an inability to gain the offensive zone, and numerous blown coverages in the defensive zone. When you play sloppy, good teams will beat you. That’s exactly what the Bruins did. After a strong game in Florida, this game yesterday was definitely a step backwards.

On to the goals:

Bruins 1, Rangers 0

Two guys behind the net is never a good thing.

Two guys behind the net is never a good thing.

On this goal, both Anton Stralman and Marc Staal chased puck behind net. Brad Marchand, who is Staal’s man in this situation, is off screen in the corner but creeps up to bottom of circle. Staal doesn’t see him and the passing lane is left wide open for Zdeno Chara to hit him. All Marchand had to do was hit the net.

Rangers 1, Bruins 1

There is no picture on this one because no picture will do it justice. Rick Nash just completely overpowered Johnny Boychuk behind the net to collect the puck, then overpowered both Chara and Patrice Bergeron on his way to the front of the net. He did this all while maintaining the puck, and just slid it past Rask.

Rangers 2, Bruins 1

Five Bruins on three Rangers.

Five Bruins on three Rangers.

Reilly Smith bit a little too hard on the puck location, which left the weak side point man wide open with oodles of room. Derick Brassard hit that weak side point man in Ryan McDonagh, who used a screen in front to beat Rask short side.

Bruins 2, Rangers 2

Does anyone want to pick up Bergeron here?

Does anyone want to pick up Bergeron here?

This goal was a combination of bad luck and bad defensive zone coverage. Bergeron was left wide open in the slot for a one-timer that Henrik Lundqvist was able to stop, but the rebound ricocheted off Dan Girardi and into the net. It seems that there are a lot of goals that ricochet off Girardi and in, but if Bergeron is covered, that one-timer never happens.

Bruins 3, Rangers 2



Staal started this by turning the puck over while the Rangers prepped for the breakout, which left Benoit Pouliot all the way on the far side (circled in red). I piggy backed off NBC’s yellow arrows here since they broke it down nicely. After the turnover, Pouliot couldn’t get to Chara in time. Chara’s 103 MPH slap shot is one of the few shots that can beat Hank clean with no screen.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

It’s amazing how different this chart is from the last time these two teams played. The Bruins just dominated puck possession from start to finish. There’s a long stretch in the second period where the Rangers didn’t even register a Fenwick event. I don’t know the exact timing here, but it looks like about 10 minutes without registering a single shot attempt that wasn’t blocked (missed shots and SOG only for Fenwick). There was a stretch in the third where the Rangers contained Boston for a bit as they tried to regain the lead, but Boston kept coming back, and didn’t stop even after they took the lead.

Every team has a bad game, and this was one of those for the Rangers. The Tampa game was ugly, as was this one (albeit closer), but this team still went 3-2 on a five game road trip against some tough competition. That said, Boston has now beaten this team twice this season. If the Rangers can’t beat the team to beat in the East, then the playoffs will end sooner than we want.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. flatbush says:

    Keys to the loss Sloppy D zone and blind turnovers. The longer you stay the less time spent in the other end and bad things bound to happen.

    PP they stunk

    Sat on the 2-1 lead

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    I’m starting to think its the bad 70s porno mustaches they are all starting to sport.

    I am concerned av is now talking changes to grind out low scoring games.

    With people like stepan nash brassard Mza pouliot and Richards there is no excuse to turtle.

    • AD says:

      Making this a grinding team that wins 2-1 is exactly what Tortorella constructed. And he did it better than I’ve seen before!

      We didn’t need a coaching change at end of last season — we needed a GM change. Asham, Powe, Pouliot and Pyatt are > $4mm cap hit which could have been spent on 1 winger that can play at that $comp level.

  3. Walt says:

    As flatbush said, they sat on the lead!

    There was zero fore check, and no life in the 3rd period. Why does this team not play like the Pens, try to run up the score? They do it, the Flyers do it, and several others as well, while we sit on a one goal lead for over a period, and a half. Just sickening!!!!!!!

  4. Craig says:

    Soon as the Bruins got physical the game turned around
    To soft, to small, to many unskilled, and to slow are the Rangers
    Need major changes now!

  5. John S. says:

    And that about sums it up. This team has zero consistency.

  6. paulronty says:

    This team just lacks that killer instinct to beat a team like Boston. Boston is the opposite, like in last year’s playoffs where they were able to impose their will on TO & the Rangers.

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    All the above comments sound like a pre tortorella post renney led rangers game.

    That’s … Not good.

  8. BobM says:

    I saw this live on TV but the photo clearly shows on the 3rd Bruin goal, that they have 6 guys out on the ice. The guy coming off was not even close to the boards.

    Irregardless, which I know is not a word, I can count on one hand the time the name Haglan, Richards, Staal, etc. was mentioned Richards looked lost again, the deer in the headlights syndrome from last year.

    It is obvious that we are being beaten at the points, and the defensive coverage is not working for this group.

    I was at the Panthers game and the Rangers waltzed through the first half of each period. They do not play a complete game from beginning to end.

    Even Calahan was not his usual pesky self. Although he is not great, Justin Falk over MDZ just looks better. Kreider was not his usual beast self. The day after turkey or not, this was unacceptable.

    Well, there have been detractors, such as myself, who have been saying that this team is doomed, and the cockeyed optimists who wanted to wait and have things even out. Anyone have a change of heart yet?

    • John S. says:

      Not yet, it is still too early in the year, loong way to go yet. Hate to see the trigger pulled too early, that is panic mode, not a good way to make deals. Wait until the deadline, if the team hasn’t found its’ consistency, then overhaul. A better deal will be made when other teams come to terms with their weaknesses as well. We would not get a better deal now, than later.

  9. bloomer says:

    The rangers need to be more attentive in their own end. They still seem to have problems with their defensive assignments. Better coverage in their own zone will create them more offence as they can create a turnover faster and gain puck possesion faster then chasing around their opponents in their own end. The have defend and attack as a unit. Thats not happening as their is too many passengers right now.

  10. PopsTwitTar says:

    That was probably the worst game Marc Staal’s ever played. He was slow, weak on the puck, couldnt make a pass to save his life.

  11. Ray says:

    Boston may have controlled play, but they couldn’t control the score until they started matching lines, realizing they could score at will if they put their top guys against the Rangers’ weakest line (Richards-Nash-Hagelin).

    Giving this line most of the OZ starts and playing time seems to have halted the momentum of the Stepan line.

  12. TxRanger says:

    You gotta admit, Rick Nash’s goal was total beast mode. I agree that Boyle fighting Chara was a good move.