Rolling Rangers sink Sens

January 19, 2014, by
Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers came into this game on a 5-1-1 streak, riding their hot play into a four point swing game in Ottawa. Much like they did against Detroit, the Rangers dominated defensively and offensively, putting the Sens away by a score of 4-1. Derek Stepan came alive in this game, notching a goal and two assists. The goal was his first in 14 games. Stepan was really the last Ranger that needed to get it going, and hopefully yesterday was the boost he needed.

Cam Talbot played a great game as usual, stopping 29 of 30 shots for the win. Sam and Joe mentioned this on the broadcast, but the Rangers have done a great job of stifling the opposition’s top lines (thank you Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh), and capitalizing with their own offensive chances. This 6-1-1 streak, including key wins over Ottawa, Detroit, and Philly, have vaulted the Rangers into a comfortable playoff position at this point in the season.

On to the goals:

Sens 1, Rangers 0


Benoit Pouliot coughed the puck up down low to Milan Michalek, who got the puck out to the point to Cody Ceci with Derick Brassard up high. Once the turnover happens, the Rangers forwards were way out of position Brass naturally can’t cover the shot and the pass over to Marc Methot –who creeped over to the top of the far circle– so he covered the shot. Ceci got the puck over to Methot while Cory Conacher provided the screen in front.

Rangers 1, Sens 1


With the Rangers on a 5 on 3, after some questionable decisions to not give the puck to the Sens right away on a delayed call, the powerplay unit put on some good pressure. McDonagh eventually got the puck down low to Stepan. Ryan Callahan was in front setting a pick on Michalek, allowing Stepan to thread the needle through the crease to Brad Richards. Craig Anderson didn’t stand a chance.

Rangers 2, Sens 1


Stepan forced Conacher into a turnover in the high risk area Suit outlined a month ago and flipped the puck over Chris Phillips at the point, springing Rick Nash for a semi-break. Nash beat Anderson with one of the quickest releases I’ve ever seen, picking the top corner in the process.

Rangers 3, Sens 1


Erik Karlsson made a blind backhand pass behind his own net that went to no one. Stepan one-timed the loose puck to the far post and past Anderson for the goal. It was a bit of a weak goal that Anderson wants back, but Karlsson’s pass was real bad.

Rangers 4, Sens 1


Phillips made an ill-advised blind backhand pass to Jason Spezza at the blue line that Zuccarello intercepted easily. Zucc beat Anderson on the ensuing breakaway to ice it.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

The Rangers just dominated this game from about five minutes in to the end of the game. The first Ottawa flat line is the first powerplay for the Rangers, but the second and third were at even strength. The Sens didn’t begin gaining ground on shot attempts until the third, when the Rangers were more or less protecting their two goal lead. The Sens were also pressing very hard in the third, with their defense starting to join the rush and pinch in the offensive zone. The combination of the two led to the Sens eventually catching up in raw Fenwick, but the Rangers dominated where it counted.

The Rangers don’t get a break, with Washington coming to town tomorrow for a Sunday nightcap. But for now, the Rangers will head back to New York on a 10-3-1 streak that has made them one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They are getting the goaltending. They are getting the scoring. And now they are getting the wins.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. Walt says:

    Nice road win for the team, with everyone making a contribution, especially the 3rd line.  Zucc was terrific, and Poutliot is playing like I’ve never seen before.  He seems to want a new contract with the Rangers!.
    Step finally had a very good game, and hopfullly he and Nash will get hot.  We need to get a string of wins, at home, and put some seperation between us, and the rest of the pack.

  2. JoeS. says:

    Great write up Dave, just a small correction, it was Stepan who threaded the needle on the first goal.

    • Dave says:

      Yea, my bad. Was in a rush with this one because I had to be somewhere at 5, right after the game. Thanks.

  3. Paulronty says:

    I was at the game and the rangers were tremendous and team speed was the main factor. Even when the Sens had odd man breakouts, rangers forwards got back into the play quickly. The  rangers passing is a thing to behold in person, crisp, creative work with the puck.  The D was right on top of their game and outplayed the Ottawa D by a huge margin.

  4. Eric says:

    Great road win. This  was a game that a month ago they would play flat and lose. Wow, the players only meeting really worked. 
    After a great road game they need to win tonight.  It is very exciting to see this team buy into the system and succeed. 
    So the team is playing well. Let’s look into the future and say the team is playing well and is in a playoff spot. What do the Rangers do at the deadline?  There a lot of rumblings about Callahan being traded.  I am conflicted on this one, he is our captain but he cannot stay healthy.  he is ufa and he going to get a big deal From someone. I am concerned giving him 6 years at 6 million per. What do you think the return is for Cally and is worth it to move him?  Will he stay healthy in the future and where does he fit in AV system? A 6 year deal scares me.  

    • Walt says:

      As much as I love Callie, the heart and soul of this team, he is not worth $6 mil, 6 years!!  If he will accept $5 and 5  years, sign him up, but if he demands more, he can be replaced!!!  Here comes all the hate now!!

      • Centerman21 says:

        No bro. Not at all. It’s a touchy subject because fans get attached to blue collar players like Callahan. However, the NHL is a business and sometimes you have to make hard decisions for the best interests of the team. I think NYR management should look at Brown’s contract in LA. He was way overpaid even in a good Brown type season and he’s not as prone to injury as Callahan. Brown is having a terrible season but still gets paid. If Callahan really wants to stay here. He has to make concessions. 5 years in the 25-27 mil range should be a sticking point. Let’s just hope Cally doesn’t have a monster Olympics.
        In saying that tho, Sather has 32 mil to play with plus Richies 6.66 if they plan on buying him out. Even if they sign Cally, G, Brass. They should have plenty left to fill holes AV feels need filling. Like a Offensive Dman.

    • Joel says:

      Sam and Joe made a salient point? Maybe they’re improving along with the team.

  5. Bloomer says:

    I agree with you Walt. At the end of the day hockey is a business and effective cap management is needed for a team to be successful.  The Rangers overpaid when they signed Lundquist to a long-term 8.5 per contract whereas the Hawks signed Corey Crawford to a 6 million per and his performance has been as good if not better then Lundquist as he backstopped Chicago to a Stanley Cup Championship.
    When it comes to signing free or soon to be free agents Glen Sather is a push over in negotiations. He needs to toughen up or their be nothing left to sign the upcoming younger Ranger restricted free agents.

    • Spozo says:

      I agree on the cally part but you lose me at the comparison of Lundqvist and Crawford. You’re saying if you switched Hank and Crawford that Chicago doesn’t win two cups and the Rangers do?

      Put a team as talented as Chicago in front of Hank and he has more than two cups.

      • Bloomer says:

        Lundquist has had the good fortune to play for coaches that had solid defence first systems. He also has had some good defenseman play in front of him that blocked a lot of shots that he didn’t have to save. Yes, if Crawford was in goal for New York instead of Lundquist, the team would be just as successful.  Lundquist playing for a offensive dynamo team like the Hawks would not have the same numbers as he has playing in New York.  Its odd how the fans praise Lundquist when the team wins, but craps all over the defenseman when he sucks and the team loses. You would think Lundquist won the Vezina Trophy all by himself.

        • Spozo says:

          He’s had the good fortune of playing for teams that call scoring two goals a night a good days work. Playing in front of a sound defense but also have that little voice in the back of your head that says if you let two goals in there is a good chance you lose. Sounds like he really got lucky there.

          • Bloomer says:

            So far this season the King has been outplayed by a goalie that the Rangers brought up from the minors. What does that tell you about him being irreplaceable?

            • Spozo says:

              7 years of world class play was the exception. The rule must be half the season of average play (nevermind the whole team was a fustercluck front of him).

              He has rounded back into his usual self the last ten games.

              Actually on second thought let’s throw this all out the window. Let’s go with Talbot. Any betting person worth anything can surely take it to the bank that he keeps up this 1.60 gaa and .940 sv%.

            • VinceR says:

              Outplayed? Really?  Lets take a look at the shot count/scoring chances per game.  Do you honestly think if we played Talbot instead of Hank that we would have won more games?

        • "The Original" Rob says:

          “Lundquist has had the good fortune to play for coaches that had solid defence first systems”  Sorry but this statement is off.  If anything he played in one of the most offensive systems under Torts!  System wise a 2-1-2 with very aggressive strong side D- pinching in is as offensive as you can get.  Please don’t succumb to the incorrect general media hype that took just one element of “blocking shots” into this Jaque Lemaire like style of Hockey, as this is the furthest thing from the truth.  Just think about how many times Hank had to stop 2 on 1’s, 3 on 2’s breakaways etc. over the years.  The NHL media, especially our own Joe Micheletti, took just one element of “Blocking Shots” and blew it way out of proportion, incorrectly labeling the team as a “Defensive System.”.

    • RobC610 says:

      I disagree that he is a pushover in negotiations. On the contrary he has a reputation of being a tough negotiator. They may have overpaid slightly for Lundqvist but he has been the backbone of this team for a long time and the face of the franchise. Why don’t you ask Stepan and Dubinsky if Sather was a pushover?

    • Eric says:

      We needed to keep Hank. This deal is fair For both sides. If he hit the open market he would get a max deal. The Kung is one player the rangers couldn’t lose. 

    • cv19 says:

      Comparing Crawford to Lundqvist is weak.  Lundqvist is easily the most consistent goaltender in the world over the past eight seasons.  Crawford is not comparable.  

  6. RobC610 says:

    Cally is going nowhere. He is the heart and soul of this team. That cannot be overstated. A deal will get done which is fair for both sides. Richards contract will be gone and the cap is supposed to go up. Cally is going nowhere. Period.

    • Eric says:

      it would not surprise to me if Cally is gone. There is a definite health issue with him. I agree he is a heart and soul guy. The deal cannot be longer then 5 years and needs to get done before he tests free agency, if he gets to free agency he will get overpaid and longer term then any Ranger fan will feel comfortable. 
      I do like Cally but this is a very different system then the last regime where he is the exact player to flourish in that system.  I think when it is all said and done he will be Ranger. It would be curious the return in a trade and then resigning himm just like Keith Tchuck. 

    • Bloomer says:

      You will get no argument from me or anyone on this site that Cally is a heart and soul player.  However, the Rangers can not overpay for him or any other player, it hurts the team in the long run. Hockey is a team sport no one player can win a game by himself, not even Ovechkin or Crosby.

      • JoeS. says:

        I was a season ticket holder for the past nine seasons before giving them up this year due to travel and time constraints. Every year, in a survey sent to me, I proclaimed that I stop buying tickets if Cally is ever traded. You don’t trade Cally. If this team wants to go anywhere this year it is with, not without, Cally! Try to sign him at a reasonable UFA at the end, if he takes more to go elsewhere, then wish him luck, and know you did what was best for the Rangers, and it was his decision to leave.

  7. cv19 says:

    “comfortable playoff position”? Can’t say that I feel the same way Dave. Trending nicely, but I’m still not comfortable.

    • Chris F says:

      Yes, the Rangers hot streak has coincided with streaks by Philadelphia, Columbus, and NYI.

      Yesterday’s win didn’t give the Rangers much ground, because Flyers won too (along with Columbus and Carolina). Rangers had second place for a couple of hours before falling back to third. Tonight’s game against Washington is very important.

      But things are way to tight and there is way too much season left to get comfortable.