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Rangers overcome two goal deficit, lose in shootout

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers a game that should be considered par for the course for the season: They dominated puck possession, but one turnover and a few good plays by Columbus put them in a two-goal hole. Luckily the Ranger team that showed up was the Ranger team that knows how to erase deficits. The Rangers, specifically Brian Boyle on that celebration, showed some passion and some life in climbing back to grab a point. Yea, they lost in a shootout, but the shootout is a bad gimmick anyway. If this game ended in a tie, everyone would be happy.

This was actually a very well played game by the Rangers, which makes five of seven (Florida, Pittsburgh) where they’ve played very well. The only reason why they lost was because Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves and played exceptionally well. Henrik Lundqvist made some huge saves in the third and in overtime to keep the Rangers in it, and New York got some timely goals from Rick Nash. Their two big stars showed up. Finally.

On to the goals:

CBJ 1, Rangers 0

No picture for this one because the Rangers didn’t do anything wrong. James Wisniewski simply threw the puck at the net with traffic in front. Nathan Horton and Brandon Dubinsky deflected it, and the puck beat Hank. That’s what happens when you throw the puck at the net with traffic in front. Remember this for later.

Rangers 1, CBJ 1

Another goal that doesn’t really require any real breakdown. With the Rangers on the powerplay Nash collected the puck at the half boards with room, walked in with Chris Kreider screening Bob, and beat him with a good shot. Bob was leaning right, Nash shot left. That’s what shooters do.

CBJ 2, Rangers 1

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Just a bad giveaway in the offensive zone by Anton Stralman led to the Cam Atkinson breakaway. Really bad giveaway there.

CBJ 3, Rangers 1

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For some reason everyone is blaming Hank for this goal. This was another goal where the Rangers didn’t really do anything wrong. After their powerplay expired, the Rangers kept the zone for a bit, but the Jackets were able to move the puck to Dubinsky on the near boards. Dubi hit Wisniewski –who simply burned both Stralman and Derick Brassard, not for lack of effort on the backcheck– with a great pass, and beat Hank with a better shot. You can argue that Hank used to make these saves (and the one on Atkinson), but you can’t expect your goalie to bail you out 24/7…even if he’s done so for the past 7 years.

Rangers 2, CBJ 3

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The Rangers got very lucky on this one, as John Moore’s shot hit Dom Moore –breaking his stick– and ricocheted right to Brian Boyle for the easy goal. Columbus did allow Boyle to sneak in behind four CBJ players though.

Rangers 3, CBJ 3

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Remember that first CBJ goal? This powerplay goal was almost a carbon copy. Nash threw the puck at the net with Stepan and Ryan Callahan in front. Bob never saw it.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

The Rangers had another game where they dominated puck possession, and puck luck worked out for them to get the game tied. In the end they had a 53.6% Corsi advantage, and had a few long stretches in the second and third periods where they just dominated play. Of course the Jackets had most of overtime work in their favor, noted by that sharp red uptick at the end. There was also a very long period after New York’s third goal where the Rangers didn’t even manage a shot attempt. Not perfect by any stretch, but generally you’re happy with this kind of Fenwick graph.

One quick note about Kreider: I don’t believe the hit on Fedor Tyutin was malicious. It really looked like he stopped, and he definitely did not hit him in the numbers. He finished his check with his elbow, which is never really a good thing, but it looked like more of a push than a true elbow. I don’t think he will be suspended for the hit. Then again, I didn’t think Carl Hagelin would be suspended for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson in 2012.

So the Rangers lost in a shootout. Oh well, I hate the shootout anyway. The two stars showed up and were huge factors in getting a point in the game. The team has played five strong games in seven, going 4-2-1 in the process. They are 6-3-2 in their last 11, getting 14 of 21 points (67%) of the points in the process. That’s a solid run for this team, a run they desperately need. Chicago and Dallas are up next, and they will present a big challenge for this team that appears to finally be finding some sort of stride.

24 Responses to “Rangers overcome two goal deficit, lose in shootout”

  1. Rob says:

    How can AV sit the save percentage leader in the NHL?

    I know it is probably unrealistic, but the Rangers should consider trading Hank. Does he have a no-trade clause? Maybe Chicago is interested in an upgrade. Too much money for goalie that has bad body language and is an emotional wreck. Did you see the interview after the game?

    My guess us that somehow the child has altered his sleep/rest pattern. This is a complete stab in the dark.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Why would Chicago trade for Henrik when they have a STANLEY CUP WINNING goalie already locked up for the next half decade?

    • @Centerman21 says:

      Sather just signed him to a monster extension. Why even say that? How do you know Talbot could hold a full 60+ starts as a #1. If other GM’s thought like with 12 starts as the sample size then Sather should package Talbot in a trade. He could get a kings ransom for him being a #1. He’s played in 13 games and the team plays different in his starts defensively.

    • Kevin says:

      Seven years of way above average goaltending is wiped away by about a month or two of average goaltending?

      You really want to leave this team in the hands of fourteen games of .938 SV% which bound to fall back to earth very soon

      • Ray says:

        In half a season, Lundqvist has pretty much played the Rangers out of contention for the playoffs. This would be true except for Talbot’s amazing results to date. I’ve loved Lundqvist for years, just as I loved Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter. But I wouldn’t want either of those guys in net today and Hank may be in the same class.

        Personally I say play him sparingly until the Olympics and see if he can turn things around in Sochi.

  2. SalMerc says:

    I just get frustrated watching other teams out-work us in the 3rd period. Unsure if it is conditioning or desire, but many times we are back on our heels when we should be pushing forward.

    Team has 3 good players and 17 3rd line players.

    • @Centerman21 says:

      Not true at all but look at Phoenix. What stars do they have? By your standards that entire team is 3rd liners and maybe 2-3 2nd line players. Yet they get it done with 1/2 the payrole.

      • SalMerc says:

        They have heart and desire. We seem content at times. Most of the 3rd period saw CBJ cycling behind our net. For the most part, we seem happy to dump and chase or take 35′ shots. Without a screen in front, that does little. Our “d” past McD is soft.

  3. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Dave,

    You mention:
    “You can argue that Hank used to make these saves (and the one on Atkinson), but you can’t expect your goalie to bail you out 24/7…even if he’s done so for the past 7 years.”

    True, but there’s the argument that Henrik is expected to make those saves. You hate to bring the contract into it, but he’s paid like he is for a reason, and that’s where the animosity comes from. When performance decreases while compensation increases, that’s where fans get upset.

    • Dave says:

      I don’t disagree that Hank needs to start making some of these saves to keep the Rangers in it. But I believe that the defense needs to be better.

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        I’m not absolving the defense. That has been the biggest difference between last year and this year.

        Just saying there’s a reason why there’s animosity towards the King right now.

  4. The Suit says:

    Hank has to be better against odd man rushes. No argument from me.

    • @Centerman21 says:

      The Atkinson breakaway was IMO the only whiff on the night by Hank. He was off balance and out of position. Then again it was a breakaway. You expect a goal on those. Can’t allow it. The 5 skaters have to be better at controlling the puck. Real messy play by Strahlman on the play.

  5. Becky says:

    The Hags suspension for his hit on Alfie is still giving me nightmares

    • AD says:

      Particularly since it was immediately followed by a hit to the head from Chris Neill on Brian Boyle, leading to his concussion but no suspension for Neill (if my memory serves me correctly).

      • Chris F says:

        Yes and Carkner only received 1 game that series for attacking Boyle along the boards and punching him in the head while he was only the ice. Similar to Thorton’s recent attack on Orpik (15 games).

      • Becky says:

        My favorite part was Sens fans who said Hags was a notoriously dirty player. lololol

  6. Walt says:

    Hank has been shakey ever since the begining of this season. I questioned if it was equipment related, contract issues, new child, new coach, or even if the team in front of him isn’t playing with the passion that they do for Talbot, but can’t come up with a reason!

    He played sub par for the game until we tied it, then he started making some great saves. I didn’t realize that we were dressing Jekyll & Hyde as our goalie.

    During the shoot out he looked like he was afraid to made a mistake, and so he did, twice. Bottom line, Hank is not the man we knew, and Sather should have waited until season end to sign him, or trade him, as some have called for!!

  7. supermaz says:

    On the Wisniewski goal, why doesnt Stralman have his stick on the ice? No reason why he can’t stop that pass….just a lazy play. Our defense much too often looks lazy to me.

  8. ranger17 says:

    Is it me or what but every time Hank plays the puck behind the net he always puts it on the other teams stick to keep it in the O/Z . JUst saying even when the D has a chance to play the puck he just shoots it around the boards .

  9. supermaz says:

    Is there a stat kept for how many times a pass jumps over a player’s stick?…because I think that may be one category that Del Zotto leads the league.

  10. craig says:

    Hats off to Sergei Bobrovsky who make some great saves to keep Columbus in the game, but there was still a lack of consistent hitting and toughness (especially in front of Hank). Puck possession alone although necessary, is not enough at times to hold an opposing team down for any length of time. Most NHL teams can stay or keep up with the puck procession game and neutralize any quality shots on goal. You need agitators and intimidators to at times stifle the momentum of an opposing team and stir up things. The Ranger defense is way to soft with Stralman, Girardi, Staul, Del Zoto, J. Moore. Most of the forwards are also soft players. Trade now, the soon to be FA,S for some bigger and more physical players. Go to the elite teams farm systems (players struck in the minors) and search out some good prospects that have skill, potential and toughness. It’s time now for a major shakeup. This team is not a championship group by no means.

  11. Kevin says:

    A couple of observations from being at the game

    1) Hank was actually pretty damn good, can’t really fault him for a deflection, a nifty break away move and a well placed howitzer on a 2 on 1

    2) That was a perfect example of a top 10 possession team losing because of a bottom 5 shooting% which is showing signs of regression

    3) It’s amazing how Chris Kreider speeds this offense up and how Brad Richards really slows it down