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Rangers shutout 3-0 again, this time by Boston

January 16, 2015, by

The New York Rangers had their second rough game in a row, falling to the Boston Bruins 3-0. This was the second time in a row that the Rangers were blanked by this score, with the first coming three nights ago against the New York Islanders. This game wasn’t even close to be honest, and it started in the first period with lazy defensive coverage, bad/nonexistent forechecking, and slow skating.

Cam Talbot was fine in net, you can’t fault him for this one. The defense hung him out to dry on all three goals with some awful, awful play. Talbot bailed them out a bunch of times, but couldn’t stop them all.

The focus on Twitter was on faceoffs, but that’s just silly. The issue wasn’t faceoffs, the issue was bad defense and forechecking, and a nonexistent offense that barely generated quality chances. Tuukka Rask played well and did bail out the Bruins when they were faced with a few penalty kills.

On to the goals:

Bruins 1, Rangers 0


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Yea, Derrick Brassard lost the faceoff. That’s not the issue here. The issue is that he took a nap after the initial shot and allowed Patrice Bergeron to get to the rebound uncontested.

Bruins 2, Rangers 0


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This was another goal where the Rangers fell asleep. Watch them just chase and watch Torey Krug here. Ryan McDonagh is the worst culprit, following him all around the ice and completely deserting his man, David Krejci in front. Eventually Krug got it to Krejci for the easy goal.

Bruins 3, Rangers 0


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Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Dom Moore all go to Carl Soderberg at the front of the net, but no one decides to put a body on Loui Ericsson at the back door. He had all day to roof it over Talbot.

Carl Hagelin post:


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This is up here because there was a GIF available and there was something worth noting. Notice after the puck hits the post, it goes right by Dominic Moore, who had his stick in the air? That’s why your stick is always on the ice folks.

The Slewfoot:


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Putting this one up here because Brad Marchand is just a bit dirty. Brassard is lucky he came away unscathed here.┬áThere wasn’t a GIF for the Chris Kreider hit, but that was a bad hit as well.

These charts are with 18:47 to go in the third period. War-on-ice didn’t update, and I had an early start to my Friday, so I needed to get to bed.

Fenwick Chart:

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Ugly.

Scoring Chances:

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Uglier.

Individual Corsi:

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Back to ugly.

Shift Chart:

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Alain Vigneault played with his lines halfway through this game. Not unexpected given Derek Stepan’s absence.

Shot Locations:

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Two bad games in a row against division and conference playoff teams. Not exactly the best timing, but we knew some sort of regression would hit this team after spinning off 13 of 14 before this. The Rangers don’t have any time to regroup either, as they have the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are finally getting healthy, tomorrow night. That’s another team that plays more physical and less speed. Then again, so do the Kings. So, it’s a matter of execution.

All gifs courtesy of gifgoldmine.com.

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9 comments

  1. Craig says:

    Without exercising their speed game, their biggest strength (which has disappeared the last two games), the Rangers are dead meat to the bigger physical teams. Where is Duclair, a definite spark that may be of help now? Speed kills!

  2. Walt says:

    Rask was hot, Marchand was dirty, and we didn’t skate. This is the perfect receipt for a loss!!!!

    Now is the time to see what this team is made of when we play the Pens, and Bluejackets, both must win games.

  3. SalMerc says:

    Make all the excuses you want, but getting shut out 2 games in a row gets me thinking about our offense. Absent of Nash, who else is a force out there? Stepan being hurt weakens us, but (in the last 2 games) I did not see Brass, MSL, or Brass pick it up. I also think Stempy and Hags have no chemistry.

    I think these 2 teams prepared well for us, stopping our speed game. What is our counter-move? AV and the staff need to find one. Also, I think the B’s speed up front made our defense look even slower than normal.

    Not on the ledge, but we need to show up against Carolina.

  4. SalMerc says:

    I hear a 6 year deal for Stall is on the table. $5.6 – $5.9 per

    • Walt says:

      Bad move for the cap hit, and the term. What the hell is Slats thinking here???????

  5. ROBERT MINTZ says:

    Had to watch it on the NHL Network and listen to the Bs announcers.

    You should have heard them saying, oh, that was no slewfoot.

    Yeah right.

    Like the Islander game, I turned it off after the second period.

    To tell ya the truth, they were not the best team on the ice with either LA or The Sharks but got lucky.

    Luck only goes so far.

    These two games were painful to watch.

    I think that the Rangers started believing their own hype.

    To make matters worst still, no Lundquist on the All Star team, but Halak is.