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Rangers blank Oilers in 5-0 laugher

Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

The Rangers came into Edmonton last night on the heels of an embarrassing loss in Calgary to a bad team. Edmonton, another bad team, paid the price of facing the Rangers after a bad game, and got absolutely dominated en route to a 5-0 shutout. Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello had a pair of goals a piece, Derek Stepan had three assists, and Cam Talbot made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season/career.

The Rangers controlled play from start to finish in this game, using their forecheck to force a shaky Edmonton defense into multiple turnovers that led to goals. Ben Scrivens didn’t have his best game, but the Swiss-cheese Oilers defense didn’t really help him out that much either. This was the perfect rebound game for a New York team headed to the playoffs.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Oilers 0

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Anton Stralman forced David Perron into a bad turnover in the defensive zone, as Perron threw the puck cross ice that none of the three Oilers on the other side could collect. Benoit Pouliot picked up the puck after it caromed off the boards, skated around a lazy stick check from Perron, and fed the biscuit back to Stralman at the point. Stralman let loose a solid wrist shot that Zuccarello deflected past Scrivens. There was no real issue with the Oilers’ defensive setup on the goal, as they were using net side positioning¬†on both Zuccarello and Derick Brassard in front.

Rangers 2, Oilers 0

Brassard simply tried a cross ice pass that deflected off Martin Marincin and past Scrivvens. No picture on this one, it was a bit of a fluke goal.

Rangers 3, Oilers 0

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Stralman, who had a very good game, made a good defensive play in the last seconds of a penalty kill to deflect away a centering pass. Stepan picked up the puck and hit Dan Carcillo out of the box, but that didn’t lead to a shot on net. Carcillo held the zone long enough for help to arrive, and he got the puck back to Stepan at the top of his off-wing circle. Stepan tried to hit Nash back door, but the pass didn’t connect. Nash was able to bank the loose puck off Scrivens from behind the net. Scrivens probably wants this one back.

Rangers 4, Oilers 0

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While shorthanded, Stepan was able to chip a loose puck –from a Taylor Hall shot that didn’t hit the net– past Justin Schultz at the point, creating a 2-on-1 with Nash. Stepan fed Nash in the offensive zone, who beat Scrivens short side.

Rangers 5, Oilers 0

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Again shorthanded, the forecheck from Stepan forced Philip Larsen into a bas pass that Marc Staal picked off at the Rangers blue line. Staal fed Stepan for a 2-on-1 with Zuccarello that didn’t materialize, but Stepan was able to collect the loose puck for a mini 2-on-1 low. Hall can’t block the Stepan pass, and Zucc had an easy goal.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of Extra Skater

Courtesy of Extra Skater

This one is pretty straight forward: The Rangers dominated from start to finish. The dashed lines represent non-even strength play. It’s like the Oilers didn’t even realize the game started until halfway through the first period, and gave up right after the first goal was scored.

Win Expectancy Chart:

Courtesy of Extra Skater

Courtesy of Extra Skater

Again, what you expect from this kind of game.

With the win, the Rangers put themselves back in second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the Flyers and six points ahead of the Blue Jackets. Both teams have a pair of games in hand on the Rangers, but the Rangers hold the tiebreakers on both. The magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now down to ten (any combination of ten points earned by the Rangers or lost by Detroit/Columbus earns them a spot).

22 Responses to “Rangers blank Oilers in 5-0 laugher”

  1. Gary says:

    After watching nearly a full season I think I have figured out what the difference is between Henrik and Cam Talbot. I mean, this is probably Captain Obvious material but to me it has been all about ‘economical and positioning’ (Talbot) vs. ‘overly acrobatic and theatrical’ (the ‘King’).

    In other words, Talbot has found what works for him, which is positioning and fundamentals. He never looks sensational but pretty much just stays on angles, eats rebounds and doesn’t let many goals in.

    Henrik on the hand is always making the highlight reel save. But should they really be highlight reel? Is some of this due his relatively scattered positioning fundamentals? In other words, does he make so many great saves in spite of himself?

    Just thinking aloud, but it sort of feeds into what I had started posting earlier in the season about Hank being a good maybe borderline great goalie but not being up to the standards of the KING-related hype with at least 5 goalies in the league as good as or better than him.

    • Dave says:

      The Rangers play a different style of defense in front of Hank. It shows in the types of chances the opposition gets when Talbot/Hank are in net.

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        Dave why do you think that is? If so then Lundqvuist should have 10 shutouts and 40 wins. I don’t buy that bro

        • Dave says:

          That’s probably a question for Suit/Justin. I don’t know if I can answer that.

          • The Suit says:

            The Rangers have been much more consistent of late with how they play in front of Talbot as with how they play in front of Hank.

            In my opinion Talbot could be an NHL starter.

            • Dave says:

              Starter, no doubt. He would be a solid starter. People are saying he is better than Hank though, which is just not true.

              • Ray says:

                He was better than Hank this year. Not opinion, fact. Which goalie will be better over the next five years is less settled. Numerous goalies get off to a great start before they are “solved”.

              • The Suit says:

                I dont think you can even compare Hank and Talbot. One is a veteran starter the other is a back up who hasn’t been vetted much by opposition scouts.

      • Bloomer says:

        Sorry Dave but wrong. The difference is rebound control, it is a lot easier playing defence when your goalie is controlling the puck (Talbot), rather then kicking out shots to the opposition as been the case with Henk this year. While Lundqvist has had some standout games this years,,,he also had some stinkers. Sorry to burst your bubble but he is only human and doesn’t walk on water like the New York sport writers would led hockey fans to believe.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Question for Justin, the resident goalie expert.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Who in the NHL is as good or better than Hank? Rask? Rinne? Crawford? All of those guys are inconsistent on good or great teams. None of them have done it for as long as Lundqvist has. Rask & Crawford have all star teams in front of them. Hank had trouble early on but only dealing with the new Defensive strategy in front of him.

  2. SalMerc says:

    While MSL still has not put one in the net, his presence on the ice does seem to be opening up space for others out there. Anyone see that?

    • Randy says:

      I agree. Many are quick to judge because he still has not scored a goal, but the reality is that the Rangers are playing very well and have won 6 of the last 7 games without his scoring help. This bodes well for the Rangers, in my mind, because he is going to start scoring eventually, and luckily for the Rangers, it could come at the perfect time in the playoffs. On top of that, guys like Brassard, Zuccarello, and Stepan are getting their scoring confidence up while MSL is trying to find his touch, so we should be firing on all cylinders come first round.

      What do people think about Carcillo last night? Thought he played well and was the right guy to play against a young and weak Edmonton team, but can’t see us competing with him on our first line wing. I would prefer Miller on that line – but what do others think?

      • SalMerc says:

        I am just guessing here, but I think there is more to this Carcillo playing, JT Miller scratched scenario than we know. Carcillo gave a different look to that line.

      • Paco 33 says:

        We may well match-up better with both Philadelphia and Boston with both Dorsett and Carcillo in the line-up. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what AV has in mind.

    • Dave says:

      Now that is a solid idea for a post.

  3. supermaz says:

    Cam > Hank
    Its that simple.
    So many just afraid to admit it.

  4. Steven Cifuentes says:

    Per Larry Brooks the magic number is 7. Wouldnt magic number be based off the captials and not Columbus, as Columbus is in the last playoff spot?