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Some heart, some effort, some results

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

It is not a secret that I was unable to watch last night’s game. I am traveling for work, and the place I am visiting does not carry Rangers hockey. However I was able to watch the highlights and read Twitter, so I got a general feel of how the game went. Combined with the Fenwick chart above, I can make some educated guesses about how the game went.

Even though this team came out strong against a bad team on the second of back-to-backs, they had two bad defensive zone  breakdowns that led to a 2-0 deficit. They got one back, but the puck possession battle was indicative of what we have seen in the past: A team that has no fight and will lose once giving up the first goal. But that’s why hockey is a 60 minute game.

The team kept battling, and they eventually tied the game in the second. From then on, it was all Rangers in terms of puck possession and shot attempts. They gave the Flames another lead, but again fought back to tie it up. This is not what we had seen from the Rangers this month. It is a good sign that the team had some fight in them.

By now, you all know how to read these Fenwick charts. So you know how the team was still able to fight and finally convert. But what is more telling is the 5v5 close (+/- 1 goal) Fenwick results (the above chart is all situations). The Rangers dominated the Flames with a 65.3% FF% during 5v5 close situations. 5v5 tied situations had the same result: A 78.6% FF% advantage for the Rangers.

Considering the Rangers never led in this game, this is a team that dominated puck possession when trailing by a goal or tied. It was a sign of life from a team that had given us nothing for the past two weeks. Perhaps this is the game that they needed. The game where they trailed, fought back, erased a deficit twice, and eventually won it. Maybe this is a sign of turning the corner.

"Some heart, some effort, some results", 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

13 Responses to “Some heart, some effort, some results”

  1. Scott Rankin says:

    It is good to see a good effort and passion for a change.I believe the RANGERS have enough talent but are lacking passion and desire.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ETHIC PLEASE

  2. Christian says:

    The boys need a few battle-back wins. Last night is a good start.

    Also I’m wondering if the Rangers needed a shootout or two to teach them how to put the puck on goal vs. opposing goalies and not just in practice.

  3. Becky says:

    You couldn’t watch the game last night?

  4. Mr. Snrub says:

    In fairness, Calgary is 25th in the league in CF% close. NYR should dominate them.

    Sort of disappointed in you Dave, that you don’t have Gamecenter. Though as an out-of-market guy I sort of need it, and I guess it’s not a must buy for in-market fans

  5. @Centerman21 says:

    @Centerman21 on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:41 am
    That was a good win. Certainly nice to get points after being down 2-0. Who’s that Pouliot guy flying around? A call up? Jeez! By far his best 60 mins of hockey. That’s what I personally expected when he signed here. I know he’s a good skater and a skilled player along with being as inconsistent as they come. Sure didn’t think it’d take 30+ games to get his head out from his arse!
    The Rangers forechecked! Can you believe it. Read all about it. There’s a bunch of players that have been just skating for a paycheck like Icecapades or the circus. Greatest show on ice or something. Then last night they fought back no matter how deep the doo doo was. Let’s just see if they play that way next game.
    I have a feeling a word or two may have come from Boss Hog himself. Sather may have seen enough and threatened to send some players packing with the Flames back to Calgary if there wasn’t a return to grace. Whatever it was it worked for the time being. I’d like to believe this will turn them around but the last 2 weeks of bad hockey has been about a lack of effort. I’m in the belief that this team needs a bottom 6. A veteran like Stepniak and maybe a banger like Smith would really help this team. A puck moving defenseman would help as well.

  6. Bloomer says:

    Hags was playing last night like his hair was on fire, the Ranger need that from him. The Rangers do have players in the lineup who can skate when they want too and they have too in order to play a puck support type of game.

    They still have a few things to work on in their own end, but this was a game a team can build on. Don’t write off Calgary as a weak team, they have been playing better of late and are in a division that is far superior then the Metrosexual division.

  7. flatbush says:

    Any time you get two points its good so why the negative thoughts. The number one factor missing is mental discipline. Skills, tactics and opinions of who sucks or who needs to be traded are part of the equation. Hand speed and foot speed are skills that are tangible, easy to see and measure. Tactics are also easy to analyze but all these measurable factors can become convenient excuses. Easier said than done, but unless the guys in the room jump in with two feet and ten toes and look at themselves we will sputter through with inconsistent results. They can’t start to analyze tactics, line mates or poor decisions made by team members. They all need to take off the lacy underwear and put on the big boy pants. We as fans can have all the fun and say what should be but the guys in the room can’t succumb to those thoughts. Thats mental weakness. Three skills, Feet, Hands and Mind. You can go buy the first two but without the third you won’t go far.

  8. Frank Cerbone says:

    Pittsburgh is playing Rangers tonite missing Malkin, Neal,Glass, & FIVE starting defenseman Letang, Orpik, Martin, Scuderi,Engelland. If Rangers can’t beat this team, it’s time to get Pyatt, Asham, Boyle,Falk out of here. I can’t remember ANY NHL TEAM in the 40 plus years I have been following hockey that will not dress 5 starting defenseman for a game. How can a Pittsburgh organization be that deep on defense.

  9. Lou says:

    Anyone that saw the last game and didnt feel completely disheartened in the performance is either drinking the Koolaide or hasnt been watching enough hockey.

    This was a listless performance. No life. No determination. No balls.

    Sure they came from behind – but it was more about Calgary losing than the Rangers winning. And there is a big difference.

    If any of you doubt what it takes to succeed in hockey I encourage you to watch 24/7 maple leafs/red wings. The cussing, the hitting, the intimidation is amazing.

    And that is what is lacking on this team. Can anyone really say the Canadians have a better roster than the Rangers? But for their small team they play with grit. Whereas the Rangers — Pyatt, Boyle, Brassard, DMoore, Girardi, MDZ –these overpaid primadonnas go into the boards ass first to hit someone.

    Get in some men to play on our team and give up on this group of soft boys!

  10. kurt says:

    … Or this was a team that was simply due for a win. Just as the old saying goes, “you can’t win’em all”; in the Rangers’ case, you can’t lose’em all. No offense Flames-fans, but the Rangers beat another sub-mediocre team. It’s not like they beat the Av’s, Hawks, Ducks, Sharks, Bruins, Mapleleafs, or penguins (recently anyway). Once again, it’s time to re-build