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Four goal third propels Rangers to victory

Photo: ESPN

Photo: ESPN

The Rangers came into last night’s game on a three game losing streak and in desperate need of two points. They did just that by scoring four times in the third period, erasing a pair of one-goal deficits in the process. New York peppered Anton Khudobin with 44 shots, finally solving him in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, and the two goals were shots in which Hank had no chance.

Martin St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger, assisting on Derek Stepan’s powerplay game winner. The defense didn’t allow the Canes to register a single Fenwick event after gaining a 3-2 lead, which is a very impressive feat. Another impressive feat: With the shorthanded goal tonight, the Rangers scored three straight shorties in the past two games.

On to the goals:

Canes 1, Rangers 0

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Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan went to Alex Semin at the bench, leaving Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty available for a rush into the zone with just Dan Girardi back, as Chris Kreider didn’t cover for the two Rangers. Once Semin chipped the puck to Staal, it was an easy rush. Staal’s shot was a very well placed rocket over Hank’s glove.

Rangers 1, Canes 1

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Rick Nash collected the puck in the corner of the defensive zone and led a shorthanded rush with Stepan. Although both Carolina defensemen were back, McDonagh was able to join the rush as the trailer, beating a completely gassed Eric Staal. Nash hit McDonagh with the pass, and his shot beat Khudobin five-hole.

Canes 2, Rangers 1

Jeff Skinner scored on a penalty shot. No breakdown necessary.

Rangers 2, Canes 2

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During a 4-on-4, John Moore did a good job of keeping the offensive zone by backhanding the puck to Stepan along the boards. Stepan hit Nash down low while Moore circled around and cut to the net. Nash’s pass to Moore hit Andrej Sekera’s stick in the slot and deflected into the net.

Rangers 3, Canes 2

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The Rangers had some good puck movement on this 5-on-3, but were very limited on quality scoring chances. Eventually St. Louis collected the puck down low, and threaded the needle through the crease to Stepan on the back door. Stepan roofed it for the eventual game winner.

Rangers 4, Canes 2

Carl Hagelin empty netter. No breakdown here.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of Extra Skater

Courtesy of Extra Skater

As mentioned above, the Rangers absolutely dominated the Canes from a puck possession standpoint. They held a 63% Fenwick advantage in all situations, even strength, and 5v5 close. Perhaps the most impressive part of this is that the Rangers held the Canes without a registered Fenwick event for the final 2:46 of the game after taking the lead on the 5 on 3. All in all, it was a solid game for the Rangers.

This was a big win for the Rangers, who desperately needed two points to stay in the top three in the division. The four goal explosion in the third period is hopefully a sign of good things to come, as the Rangers have just one even strength goal since the Ryan Callahan trade. The next game is Sunday afternoon against Detroit and represents another four-point swing game against a team the Rangers may need to beat out for a wild card spot.

9 Responses to “Four goal third propels Rangers to victory”

  1. NY to NC says:

    Went to the game last night.

    Now I know why they got Diaz…Klein was terrible and Stralman not far behind him. They both look exhausted.
    Hank not the same since he has returned from Sochi…used to be lights out on breakaways, now he is getting beat cleanly. Hope he gets back to pre-Olympic form soon.
    Best 3 forwards were Zuke, Pouliott and Nash.
    Stepan line invisible 5 on 5. Kreider seems lost.
    Hagelin having zero impact with Richards/St. Louis.
    Will be interesting to see how they play against Red Wings.

    • wwpd says:

      good news for hank is, no shootouts in the NHL playoffs, if you can get there

    • Bloomer says:

      The Rangers did out play the Canes in this one and I am glad they got the 2 points to show for it. Khudobin was a beast in goal standing tall against the attacking Rangers who peppered him with shots. Lundqvist played better but needs to work on his glove hand and catching the puck. He is vulnerable there and every shooter in the NHL knows it.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      He isn’t getting beat cleanly. Players know over the years, you aren’t gonna out wait Hank. So what they do to score is skate 10 feet to the crease and fire a rocket at open netting. None of you fans have any idea how fast that type of shot bears down on a goalie. Hank is one of the fastest moving goalies in the game yet that PS gave him no time to even react. Not 1 goalie in the NHL has a chance at stopping that. If they did it’s a bad shot by the shooter right into the glove or chest area. Hank could do a little work improving his glove hand. I agree but most goals scored on breakaways on Hank are from 5-10 feet out of the crease.

      • Chris A says:

        This.

        If a shooter makes that shot you tip your cap to him. It’s a very difficult thing to do and near impossible for a goalie to stop. Like Puck Luck said it’s a compliment to the Hank that shooters feel their only chance to beat him is a low percentage play.

  2. Walt says:

    Kreider should be moved off of the Nash line to shake things up!!!!!

    • Chris F says:

      Yea, it’s time. Kreider and Hagelin aren’t very noticeable. Swapping them is worth a try.

  3. supermaz says:

    Miller is better than Kreider right now and down the line. Call him up and sit Kreider a game or two to let him know his spot isn’t guaranteed.
    Oh, and Boyle sucks, should have sent him packing on Tuesday.

    • Ray V says:

      I have also said this before. Kreider spaces out for a few games. I totally agree and have said he should be benched when he is in that mind set. It should wake him up. As for Boyle…wish they would have dealt him before this season started. Hags relentless forechecking has not been there this year. He may also need a game or two from the pressbox.