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Bishop steals one at The Garden, halts Rangers win streak

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This loss is a tough one to really get upset over. Sure, the Rangers got burned on the second goal due to a nine second brain fart. But Ben Bishop made 33 saves –a lot of them very difficult saves– en route to stealing this win in his return to action. The game was actually very evenly matched throughout, with both teams exchanging scoring chances and playing a bit of a run-and-gun style. It wasn’t until the third period when the Rangers started to pull away in the shot attempt department as Tampa Bay started sitting on their lead.

The Rangers had 15 third period shot attempts, 11 on net, and Bishop got them all, including several solid chances on two separate powerplays. Such is life, and goalies steal games every now and then. This time the Rangers were victimized by a goalie who is undefeated with ridiculous numbers (sub-1.00 GAA, roughly .975 SV%) against them. Even with the loss, the Rangers are still 8-3-1 in their last 12 games.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Lightning 0

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After an offensive zone faceoff win, the Rangers generated two solid chances by Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. When Hagelin’s shot went wide, Ryan Callahan came behind the net to collect the loose puck. Cally fed Brad Richards at a relatively bad angle, who beat Bishop. I would think Bishop wants this one back because of the angle, but I don’t think he expected that quick of a release from Richards, especially from that angle. The Lightning didn’t have a breakdown here. Richards was covered at the bad angle, which you’re generally comfortable with. You don’t want two guys behind the net, but the slot was still covered.

Lightning 1, Rangers 1

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There isn’t much to breakdown here. Victor Hedman simply let loose a cannon from the point while on the powerplay. It was just a great shot.

Lightning 2, Rangers 1

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This was not a smart play by the Rangers, specifically Michael Del Zotto. Tampa runs this set play off the face off, where the winger moves towards the boards after a face off win, then cuts to the middle looking for a pass. Martin St. Louis tried it earlier in the game. This time NIkita Kucherov tried it, and caught MDZ sleeping as he took the pass from Radko Gudas for the breakaway goal. Alain Vigneault was notably upset with the team on that one.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

As mentioned above, the game was pretty tight throughout the first two periods. But it’s worth noting that the Rangers held the Lightning for several long stretches without a registered shot attempt. Tampa didn’t have a shot attempt from shortly after the Rangers goal until they scored both of their goals in the second. There were two other notably long stretches in the second where they went without a Fenwick event as well. The two long stretches in the third were due to powerplays for the Rangers. The Rangers pressed hard to tie, eventually winding up with a 59% Fenwick advantage, but Bishop was the difference.

These losses happen. It’s not like the Rangers played poorly and handed the game over to Tampa on a silver platter. It was actually one of the more exciting low scoring games I’ve seen in a while. Even with the loss, the Rangers have the chance of a big month. The important thing was that they did the right things, for the most part. Have to stop that set play off the face off though.

21 Responses to “Bishop steals one at The Garden, halts Rangers win streak”

  1. tommy t says:

    as a die hard fan since i was born (28yr old) last night was a tough pill to swallow an here is why:
    1) This was my first game at the new garden.. and its gorgeous. The fact that the place has priced out the casual die hard lunatic ranger fans kills me. Walking the corridors and escalators i didnt hear one “Lets go rangers” or “Potvin Sucks” chant. What happened to our home barn? The building has zero passion anymore, the fans sit quietly for the most part. I heard more cheering during a TV timeout than during the game. 
    2) the on ice product was really fun to watch minus those brutal 9 seconds. (unfortunately all the goals where scored right in front of me). Seeing the Overload system and set break out plays work with relative ease was wonderful. The teams has really started to gel and come together.  Hopefully we can get some more puck luck and some bounces to the back of the net.  
     

    • Gary says:

      I remember that same effect when the Bruins moved out of the gold Garden to whatever it called now; the [blank] Center or the [blank] Garden.  There were big haired girls there w/ their Neely jerseys on with their boyfriends wearing stone washed jeans and their Borque jerseys.  But they just walked around all wide eyed, as if in a fantasy theme park.  The old Garden was a nut house with an organ playing.  Now, they have canned music and Ice Girls and a Jumbotron that tells them when to make noise.  Ah, progress.

      • Gary says:

        Well honestly, I didn’t really mind the ice girls.  :-)

      • Walt says:

        In my travels when I was still working, I managed to go to the Boston Garden, smallish place, with plenty of buzz in the building.  When my son was assigned Boston as his first territory, I went to see him, and went to the new arena, and it had a steril atmosphere to it, something different.  Loved the old Boston Garden, the new place, you can keep it!!

    • Paco33 says:

      Same thing in Montreal – The Forum felt special the moment you walked in; The Bell Centre has the feel and character of a mall.

    • @Centerman21 says:

      Why was it a tough pill to swallow? You didn’t really explain that part. The Rangers played well enough to win but they ran into a hot goalie. Simple as that! This was a winnable game and TB played Monday. I thought the Rangers were the better team but they allowed that set play to happen.

  2. Walt says:

    Last nights game for the most part was played well by the team.  The call on Callie was the usual BS from the officials, leading to a PP goal against us.  The second goal, what 8-9 seconds later was a set play from what I understand, and there is plenty of fault to go around on this one.
    I have in the past asked this question, and no one has bothered to respond, but I’ll try again.  Has anyone ever noticed when Hank lets in a goal, good or bad against him, he seems to loose focus, and gives up a second goal within a minute or two?? 
    I’m not picking on the guy, but I noticed this right from the begining of his career, and last night when Tampa scored, I feared the very thing that happened, would happen!
    We had more than our share of time, and shots on goal that hit the cross bar, and posts that could have tied, and won the game, but we had no puck luck to speak of.  I’m not putting this on anyone.  Tampa, and Bishop played a very good game.  Crap will happen, and they won, we have to give them credit for it.

    • The Suit says:

      Haven’t noticed that about Hank at all.

    • Brendan says:

      I think that’s because Lundqvist takes every goal scored on him personally… but I have nothing wrong with that… more often than not his intensity leads to better goaltending.

    • @Centerman21 says:

      I don’t think there’s any facts to back that up. I think Hank plays well after giving up a goal. Aside from the west coast massacre early on in SJ & Anaheim, I don’t think he’s allowed 2 goals in any
      2-3 min span all year. If you have facts to prove a trend then point out what games this happened. It must be more than a few for it to be a trend.

      • Walt says:

        Hay, it’s my imagination!!!  Just asking a question that’s all.

        • @Centerman21 says:

          I wasn’t criticizing you at all. Just don’t see it. You’re a fan of the best team in the NHL and have a right to your opinion. No reason to fight among each other. We should save it for fans of the other 29 NHL teams. Especially the NJD & NYI. Pens & Caps. If you’re a NYR fan, you’re ok in my book!
          Perron-(Edm) is a player Sather could go after by trading DZ. Thoughts?
          Stafford-(Buf) is also a righty and might be having a bad year because he’s in Buffalo loosing every game. Might be a diamond in the ruff. Thoughts? To me the Rangers need a top 6 righty. A guy that scores from in the crease.

  3. JerseyRanger says:

    Bishop is  a good goalie…his stats are crazy.  Still we hit the pipes 3 times….

  4. Brendan says:

    I was afraid that after the Rangers hadn’t scored on those early opportunities, that those saves would be the difference maker. Another solid effort by Bishop indeed, yet another game lost despite having more scoring chances.

  5. rayp says:

    We gave that game away there was very little forecheck and a lot of standing around by the entire team for most of the first 2 periods, no one took charge not much checking. the opposite of our usual game plan. AV should have shorten the bench, till they woke up.

  6. Ray says:

    Interesting fact.  The Rangers have a goalie on their roster with a 1.66 GAA and a 9-3 record.  Granted, Lundqvist has turned the corner and is now an average NHL goalie, but why not give him more rest in this Olympic year.

  7. paulronty says:

    I’ll say it over & over again but Bishop is exactly the reason why the nets have to get bigger. It started with Khabibulen & NHL teams are using bigger & bigger goalies and they block so much of the net you have to be lucky to score.  There is so much butterflying now, you have to shoot high to score or rely on deflections.  There are a lot of goals scored by deflections & screens.

  8. HARLEMBLUES says:

    This lost shows me  the Rangers are still not there yet.Great teams, even good teams, pound teams on  home ice and play 5hundred on the road.That not in our house  mentality isn’t there .Not yet.Can someone receive a pass and 1time it.Things have been trending up.Still more work to be done.