Rangers force Game Seven

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The Rangers forced a Game Seven against the Penguins, winning Game Six by a score of 3-1. The Rangers rode the emotions of the must-win game, but also have been quoted stating they are playing for Martin St. Louis, to not let him down. It’s only fitting that St. Louis got the crowd into it and set the tone for the game by getting to the net and scoring the first goal of the game. Carl Hagelin scored the eventual game winner just minutes later on a soft goal by Marc-Andre Fleury. Henrik Lundqvist was again phenomenal in this game, stopping 36 shots.

This game was not without its feisty-ness. While the Rangers are no saints, I would like to point out the Sidney Crosby nut shot to Dominic Moore, the Crosby slew foot on Dan Girardi, the Chris Kunitz cheap shot to Moore, and of course the Hank squirting Crosby with his water bottle. But yet the Pittsburgh media wants to call out Marc Staal for his cross check to Crosby. Yes, that was a penalty, get over it. It’s not like the Penguins are saints.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Pens 0

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Chris Kreider made a solid play to get the puck deep into the Penguins zone after a long time in the defensive zone. Derek Stepan fought off Kris Letang behind the net. Stepan got the puck to St. Louis at the boards, who fed Anton Stralman at the high slot for a shot. His shot was blocked, but the rebound shot by Hagelin went off St. Louis’ leg into the net for the goal.

Rangers 2, Pens 0

Jussi Jokinen’s pass to Rob Bortozzo was stolen by Hagelin, who raced down the boards with Brad Richards on a 2-on-1 against Rob Scuderi. Scuderi blocked the pass to Richards, and the puck settled at the face-off dot. Hagelin collected the puck and put a backhander through Fleury for a goal that the netminder wanted back. I couldn’t get a good picture on this one, but the shot was not one that Fleury should have let beat him.

Pens 1, Rangers 2

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Brandon Sutter’s shot deflected off John Moore, then Kevin Klein, and past Hank. Pretty flukey. 

Rangers 3, Pens 1

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Derick Brassard continued his hot handed scoring ways, this time he whacked a puck out of mid-air while tumbling over Fleury to regain that important two goal lead. Klein began this play by hitting Brass to gain the zone, who then dumped the puck to Mats Zuccarello at the boards. Zuccarello fed Klein for a shot as he entered the zone, which was deflected by Benoit Pouliot with Brassard at the goal mouth. The shot was stopped, but Brass overpowered Sutter to get positioning and get to the puck.

Fenwick Chart

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Courtesy of ExtraSkater

Lots of score effects in this one. The Pens eventually wound up with a 54% Fenwick advantage (30-22 at even strength), but held just a two shot attempt lead at the time of the Brassard goal (21-19). Following that, the Rangers took just three more even strength shot attempts to the Penguins’ nine. The more telling stat here is the 5v5 Fenwick close (one-goal game or tied in the first two periods, tied in the third period/overtime), which the Rangers held the 54% advantage. That stat shows how the ice was tilted in the Rangers’ favor.

And so it comes down to a Game Seven, as it always does with the Rangers. Tuesday at 7pm, this series is a best of one.

25 Responses to “Rangers force Game Seven”

  1. Walt says:

    You failed to mention that at the end of the second, there was a scrum, and that other piece of sh*t Malkin took a cheap shot on a Ranger while he was down. I hate these two pric*ks, Cindy and Igor, so damn much, and after the game, Cindy goes crying to the offical about some calls, as they were skating off of the ice, what crap!!

    Let’s see if the Rangers have another all out effort, like the last two games, left in them!!! I just want to see Cindy, and that ass coach Bylsma start crying again, it just makes my day!!!

    • Snake says:

      All out effort? The opposition doesn’t end up with a 54% Fenwick in an all out effort. Unlike Game 5, The AV Club played hard for two periods then sat on their lead.

    • Bro. That BS those 2 start only gets them further off their game. The Rangers can handle that stuff as they have all season. The Pens can’t handle themselves and a nice statement was made the other day here. How “Flowers wilt in the Sun”. Very true!

  2. Gary says:

    I was going into shock once from a Yellow Jacket sting. It was a quiet preparation for death by an allergic reaction. Then my wife stuck in the epi pen, I wet my pants and sprung back to life.

    That is what the Rangers are doing. Adrenaline in response to Marty’s situation. This has so obviously focused the team on a single objective, where doubt has no place to enter the picture.

    That includes Hank, who is the difference maker and is playing exactly like the hoped for 5 year average Hank.

  3. Gary says:

    Oh, and is all happening minus the soiled pants I am pleased to say. :-)

    • That really happened? That must have been a scary situation. I was in a comatose like state for a few days after a bad car accident and I kind of felt that same way as I 1st woke up. Major head injury and the end of my playing days. Good old Fayettville, NC.

  4. SalMerc says:

    Gary – TMI
    As for the NYR, had to come out strong and they did. I do not think Richards quarterbacking the PP really helps us as much as it could potentially hurt us. Also, besides the PP, Richards was invisible, as was Dorsett, if he even was on the ice.
    Hags and Brassard make the constant wondering if we should keep them a done deal.
    Kuddos for Nash for playing like a 6’4″ guy, throwing his weight around.

    • Nash is doing his thing and if you believe in the law of avg. then the man is due at a very good time for the NYR.
      As far as the PP and Richard on the point is we don’t really have a puck moving defenseman. AV seems to use 2 D on the other unit but then again the shortage of righties comes into coaches thinking IMO.
      I have to credit Ron Dugay for noting that especially with a lead in the 3rd period. It’s good to put out 4th line players on the PP. Tell em to go play 5 on 5 hockey in there zone. I bet Boyle, Moore, or Dorsett would/could pop one insurance goal. In game 7 why not try that in the right situation like up a goal? Those guys don’t have the angst & frustration of all the Lost PP chances for. I think our 2 normal PP players are moving the puck with authority and with a bit of confidence. I’m not against our
      PP just think that 4th line could go out there and score a big PP goal in a criticle game 7. Which is a chess match between coaches just as much as it’s played by the players. Random thought!

  5. Rockdog says:

    Great to see two strong performances by the Rangers. I am thrilled and surprised that they have forced a game seven, and hope they bring their A game. Is there another team in the NHL that has such a wide spread between games? It seems like the Rangers come to play half the time (and can beat anyone), while the other roughly half the time they just mail it in. I’ve been a fan since the ’79 Cup finals, and can’t recall a Ranger team that was this schizophrenic.

  6. Scully says:

    Huge win. Just have to execute and win a game now. Momentum will only mean as much as their next period.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      But self doubt does permeate over longer stretches. Which team is better off between the ears? I couldn’t unequivocally tell you- “It’s the Rangers.” What I can say, as fact, is that Lundqvist is less mentally volatile than Fleury. Hopefully that means something come tomorrow night.

      • I absolutely agree with you and Hank is our major advantage over them. it’s a chink in their armor we have to exploit to win game 7. The Pens have kind of beaten the Rangers at their own (Possession) game a little bit. FLOwer and Doubt for the Pens team is where we beat them. I think we have we have the mental stability advantage on them as you questioned. That’s just my opinion tho Hat Trick. Everything you said is credible. Don’t want anything taken out of context. I mean that in the best way possible. I just pray we bring the energy and urgency they’ve had for 2 games. Kreider returning I think has been a boost to our lineup and he makes the top line attract more attention from Bylsma.

  7. Hatrick Swayze says:

    yeah buddy

    The highs and lows, peaks and valleys, crests and troughs of this series at the end of the day all are drawn from goaltending.

    If we are to win Game 7, Lundqvist MUST match his performance from last night. Pittsburgh will dominate stretches, get many quality chances and put a ton of rubber on the net. He needs to again be a difference maker for us.

    It’s gonna be awesome. I can’t wait.

  8. Dave says:

    Food for thought: If the Rangers don’t hit 14 posts in Game Three, is this series over?

    • Scully says:

      True, but their horrendous passing also directly led to their two goals given up in that game. I’d say it’s more like… if the Rangers didn’t continually beat themselves this series would be over. Now, they’re not beating themselves, and the last two games they’ve dominated.

      Also Lundqvist > Fleury x100

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      No, because the Rangers can win a series until game 7. That just means Pitt wins either game 5 or 6.

  9. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Nash stepped up last night….great game by him. We can and will win on Tuesday. I as a man who does not like Nash, hope he wins it for us. Mr Nash score one and hit, hit, hit.
    Nash needs Kreider, look at how well he has played since his return. They both had good looks at the net. Most important is the play of Girardi and McD has gotten better as well. They were atrocious beginning of the series.
    One ding I have on Pouliot…he screens but when the shot is taken he mnoves to the side…It will suit him better to stay in front of the Goalie.

    Game 7 coming up, Let’s Go Rangers!!!!

  10. Becky says:

    The Brass goal is grit grit grit. My favorite of the game.

  11. Ray says:

    I thought the Penguins goal was more than bad luck. These own goals seem to happen too often. Klein is moving toward the net as the puck is coming through the crease. Yes, he is trying to keep the Penguin away, but his very action will probably put the puck in the net one time in five.

  12. brooklynVic says:

    Ray, The puck moves faster than the body. Klein is moving in the direction to get positioning on the the Pens. If he isn’t there, the Pens man is and could directly lead to a goal. You can’t blame this on Klein like you can the one on Girardi. Girardi could have let that puck right through to Hank. Klein’s came off a double deflection. Nothing anyone could have done about that. Unlucky… Oddly enough it does happen to us because of our defensive zone collapse… We bring our guys in and every once in a while the puck is sent in at the right time and it pinballs in like it did last night… Unfortunate, that’s all. Also unfortunate, the call against Kreider. If that isn’t a crosscheck or forced interference I don’t know what is… like hybrid icing they need some sort of below the dots hybrid interference call.

  13. tmd39 says:

    So Hank just got a 5k fine for spraying water on Cindy. Of course, no word on a fine for Cindy for a nut shot or a slew foot.