Apr
01

Rangers tie it late, lose in shootout to Penguins

April 1, 2017, by

Photo: Jim McIsaac

The Rangers hosted the ailing Penguins, missing half their roster, and still managed to get outplayed for most of the game. Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding all game, bailing the Rangers out with multiple sequences of marvelous saves (here, here, here, here, and here. There were others, but my NHL.tv crapped out on me in the third period). But even with Lundqvist standing on his head, the Rangers couldn’t get anything going against the Penguins and Matt Murray.

All that said, the Rangers were able to keep it close and get a last second (literally) goal to tie it. They pressured hard in the third, and it was Chris Kreider who buried the equalizer with 1.2 seconds left. They were pressing so hard, in fact, they gave up a 2-on-0 rush with Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby. Hank stopped Sheary then swatted the puck away from Crosby. That kept it a close game, and gave the Rangers a chance to tie it. Kreider answered that call.

After an exciting overtime, the shootout was quick. Kessel and Crosby made quick work of the Rangers as the Pens got the extra point.

On to the goals:

Penguins 1, Rangers 0

Dan Girardi cheated too much to Phil Kessel low. Kessel wasn’t scoring from there, and it opened up a lane to Sidney Crosby. When the pass got through, Brendan Smith cheated to Crosby, which left Jake Guentzel open in front for the easy tap-in. There was some talk regarding Jesper Fast, but he was in the right spot, protecting the high slot. The front like that is supposed to be on Girardi/Smith. However you need to give credit to Kessel and Crosby for their phenomenal passing.

Penguins 2, Rangers 0

Hank was barely off the post, but that’s all Crosby needs really.

Penguins 2, Rangers 1

Nick Holden’s point shot on the powerplay hit off Tom Kuhnackl and past Matt Murray.

Penguins 3, Rangers 1

At this point, my NHL.tv crapped out on me, so no gifs from this one on. Sorry.

Bryan Rust was left all alone in front. Ian Cole just had to get him the puck.

Penguins 3, Rangers 2

J.T. Miller’s pass to Rick Nash got deflected, which took Murray out of position. Nash wound up with a lot of empty net short side to shoot at.

Score Adjusted Corsi

The Rangers and Pens actually had very similar Corsi numbers throughout the game. But that doesn’t factor in quality, in which it felt like the Penguins had more. I have nothing to verify that though, since those numbers are still down at hockeystats.ca. But this surprised me. I wonder what it would look like if the Penguins were healthy, though.

The result of the game doesn’t really matter, but I liked that the Rangers showed some cajones and got a point when they could have folded and gone home. Overall though, I’d like to see the Rangers play actual defense and stop allowing quality opportunities. Playing like this and allowing this many chances in the playoffs will lead to a quick exit.

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36 comments

  1. flatbush says:

    Thanks for the goal breakdown. The Rangers are one dimensional. Play fast, open hockey, non check team. Too many smiles no snarl. That game was meaningless? If so, they should have benched a lot of guys and played the lower depth chart. Playing a decimated team and we had no heart. So tired of hearing the MSG announcers talk BS. “We almost scored the puck just slid off his stick!”. “If MacD was playing!”. If a bull had — it be a cow. Dave Maloney is honest. The team does not have the DNA to bang, play tough with the exception of a very few.
    So tired hearing how wonderful AV is getting to consecutive consecutive playoffs. The truth is he has been giving the players he wants. Compare the skill levels of the Rangers vs Columbus and the Pens just as a example. There is no comparison. So whats missing? Torts and Sully may be mad men but watch the passion when they address their team. On our time out Scott takes out the board and AV hold his chin. I know its style and AV has a right to his philosophy but they are not a balanced team. And lets stop bitching about the D men. What other teams have the market cornered on D? Just disgusted listening to excuses.

    • Dave says:

      I understand your frustration.

      However let’s take a step back. In August, when the team was finalized and we knew what the roster would be, we all had a feeling this team would struggle to make the playoffs. A good number of people had a feeling that the team we are seeing in March is the team we were going to see all year.

      We did not. We got a significantly better team that may have overachieved. If anything, I’ll take this season as a giant step forward to competing with Pittsburgh and Washington.

      I’d like to see changes on the blue line, someone who can skate and deliver a hit and play with some snarl. I, however, don’t want to sacrifice skill and speed for snarl. It’s a delicate balance.

      • Spozo says:

        I’ve been saying this for months! The same people that said this team would struggle to make the playoffs are now complaining about how they won’t win the cup! This team has surpassed most people’s expectations!
        If you asked everything single fan in September if they thought this team would be able to rest players and tinker with lines for most of March because they had a big enough playoff cushion, they would have called you delusional!

        • Tom O Hawk says:

          Very well put. As I read these comments all the time I say the same thing. Nobody thought this team was going anywhere before the season started. Everyone cries to let the kids play and learn as if they have the patience to wait for them to grow and are willing to sacrifice a few seasons so we can be a cup contender at that time. Now when we have a team that has clinched a playoff spot early on they complain we’re not good enough. I never thought this team was a cup contender but I think it has a good future once we fix our blue line.

      • Ray says:

        We did not ALL think that. Only the people who think the defense is a tire fire thought that, the people obsessed with possession stats.

        Still, it is a lot easier to say that AV worked miracles with the team than to admit that you got it wrong.

      • Jon says:

        Honestly Dave I agree with you. I think the 80’s are gone from hockey forever. The broad st bullies would be chasing the puck all game looking for a hit when the puck was already in the back of the net. Teams load up on Speed and skill now and win with depth at those attributes.
        The Rangers problem is that they lack a threat to carry the puck up ice on the back end. The defense scares nobody.
        You can’t create rush attempts every game all game long. You need defense that can execute breakouts with smart 1st passes. The Rangers hardly ever get that from their defense man. More often than not that 1st pass is picked off and headed back at Lundqvist.

      • flatbush says:

        Dave, agree somewhat that some , not all, thought we would struggle to make the playoffs. If my memory serves well, we came out like gangbusters and everyone was saying how deadly this team was mainly due to its speed. AV has his vision on how to play and early on I think we dominated with speed and skill. As time went on other teams figure out how to play against us. So I think its not valid to say that we got better. I think we are the same and the league has caught up to us. Granted the younger players gained experience but we are exactly the same team. The only answer and change was to bring back Glass which doesn’t do anything. You are correct its a delicate balance between skill and snarl. Our problem is we are very unbalanced.

  2. Jack says:

    I’m more then sure that no matter how the playoffs turn out that Stepan and one of the twins (Girardi or Staal) won’t be a NYR by next season. Any outing before the 2 round and I will put money down on that bet. “One last shot at the can” most definitely meant those names. I’m not sure how the team will transform into but I seriously cannot picture Gorton leaving those names around, and assuming that he probably wants to change the leadership group around on the account that there basically isn’t one. All I see and hear is Mcd the captain and Nash as a lead by example type. I won’t even touch the raises within the next 3 summers or about how the team still needs to revamp the D meaning room, money and pawns that don’t fully earn their checks have got to go.

    I’m just giving a heads up to anyone that still cheers for them to maybe try and soak up these final days as a NYR lol.

  3. Jack says:

    On the flip side I think that Hayes and JT will be full time top 6 players by next season. Its not like AV doesn’t use them like that anyways with all the DZ starts, going against top lines, above average 3rd line minutes ect. I think that if a miracle happened and a 1c could be had then they should move Mika over to their wing because that would be a underrated line imo, use Mika like a Jacob Voracek. Obviously that’s a rare scenic so maybe make a move to get Evander Kane to put with them especially next to Hayes. He has better hands and a two way than Grabner and would play well with them since he can win a lot of his board battles and shoot on the rush. I could see Hayes leading the league again in SH points next to a guy like Kane, I’m sure the chemistry would be instant between those 3.

    • Bobby B says:

      Jack, spot on comments. I have been pushing for Evander Kane as a Ranger for a while. Not only can he put the puck in the net , but he adds a physical presence that is no existing on this roster. We also need a physical presence on the Defense, that is a must. 2 other future stars our there that I would love to see in Ranger land, Josh Mason, Matthew Tkachuck.

      • Walt says:

        Along those same lines, during the intermission between the 1st, and 2nd, one of the Pens broadcast team, name unknown to me, remarked how soft the Rangers D was, and that in time they would cave, hit the nail right on the head!!! Interesting to hear other broadcasters view, vs our guys!!!!

        • paulronty says:

          Dave Maloney was complaining about how the Rangers play without an “edge”, and lamented that they come out dominating and after about 6 minutes get dominated in turn. He was constantly complaining initially about the Girardi-Holden pair being totally at sea. Watching the replay of the Rust goal, I’m shaking my head watching Holden out in no man’s land doing his Zen Statue pose. That guy has no idea where the front of the net is, & even if he is there, he has no net front presence. One last thing I’ll repeat over & over, Jesper Fast sucks on the PK!

          • Reenavipul says:

            I just don’t get the love for Fast. Great skater, good on the forecheck & ok offensive vision; but no shooting touch, undersized and makes poor reads in his own end.

            People are really worried about losing him in the expansion draft?

            • Jack says:

              Fast is going to be expensive soon but I personally wish we could replace Oscar instead. He’s not a ideal 4c, his two way game is more overrated than Fast who could at least hound you. I still don’t see how he’s on any of the top two pk units when last year he was 1st with Stepanand Moore for majority of the season and the Rangers were ranked 25th or 26th. I could go for a entire revamp of the 4th line and getting names like Roussel and Wingles here instead.

              • Peter says:

                I am not a big Fast fan. But I disagree completely on Oscar. He is going to be a very good 4th line center.

          • Jon says:

            Fast sucks on the penalty kill? There was a season where he went 80 games without being on the ice for a PP goal against. The only one that went in on Fast was an Ovechkin slap shot that tipped off Kevin Klein’s hand and went top shelf.
            Klein was hurt on the play and that was the only goal Fast was on the ice for at 4v5. I think it was 14/15. Fast is one of the best penalty killers on the team. The defense sucks, they front the goalie all the time and forwards have no trouble getting net front position. That’s the issue, not Fast.

          • Walt says:

            It’s play-off time, and D-men with an edge will shine, while our Mr Softies will wilt under the pressure, and physical play. The wide open game is fun for the regular season, now tight checking games will be the norm. The ice surface will shrink, making it a bit tough for our guys to play, when that happens we don’t do well..Let’s see what the genius does to address this problem?????

            • Bobby B says:

              Walt, the lack of toughness, is personified 10x come playoff time, because we are SUPER SOFT ( see mediocre player smashing Hank through the boards, no retaliation??, that episode is still talked about today). I get the impression this group plays Go Fish ( card game ) and drinks Lemonade, while the rest of the NHL teams play poker and drink Jack Daniels..

            • paulronty says:

              I’m always looking to get better. At the end of the day, if I’m not my biggest critic I can’t ask the players to do the same thing.”–Ben McAdoo

              Sage advice that the genius should follow.

            • Ranger 11 says:

              You’re still having a problem with your Mr. Softie? That’s a shame man. They got pills for that now ya know.

      • Jack says:

        If we’re talking about stars coming from the Calgary then I would give them Stepan and Kreider for Johnny hockey. Anything in between to make more sense for both sides then I say just do it. I could only imagine what it would look like to have Johnny connecting with his bff Hayes but as a center this time around and with JT as the other winger. I would give up Kreids dimension to bring over those hands, creativity and speed.

        Realistically Kane would get the done on a line with those two. The dude is the perfectly type of hot head that we need aka it stems from wanting to win and yes he’s very physical/chippy type of player. I expect a trade at that level this summer.

  4. DAVID k says:

    How long will it take for Mika to get his timing back he either misses the net or flubs it. I can’t understand this by this time his timing should be on target.

    • Jack says:

      Eh…. He has like 2 or 3 goals less than our top paid center while he has missed half of the season? I’m more worried about connecting the dots like Stepan seeing top line minutes next to our best passer but yet has only had 7 or 8 goals on home ice dating back to January of 16 to this day in April 1st of 2017. Lol add that to the main issue of why NYR stink on home ice. Mika is either going to be a passenger or the dark horse in order for the Rangers to succeed in the playoffs but they’re are other names to worry about.

  5. Chris F says:

    I think Kreider scored with 11.2 seconds remaining actually, because I remember the Pens had time for a rush and a little pressure in the zone after the Kreider goal faceoff.

  6. Larry says:

    Buchnevich should be off the playoff roster, he will be a disaster in the playoffs for the Rangers at this time of his career. He needs more seasoning in the minors for his game, especially the smaller rinks the NHL.
    .

  7. Ranger17 says:

    Next years D will have McD – Skjei – Staal – G for sure maybe Smith . With out a B/O of the pylons it just wont change , and a B/O is toooo costly for both .Evander Kane would be a good edition but will be costly to get him .Don’t think Puempel or Pirri will be on the roster next year and it will depend on who we lose to LV in the draft . If we lose Fast it will end AV playing him up in the line up as well as Glass . We will need at least one 4th liner to hopefully play with Lindberg and Grabner if Fast is not taken then he would fit in , than we would need some one to play with Hayes and Miller .
    Nash -Z – Buchnevich
    CK -$tepan -Zucc
    Miller Hayes – Vesey
    Lindberg – Grabner – XXXX
    Best case would be to lose Raanta as i think we can replace him or fast better than we could replace Grabner or Lindberg . Lots of things JG can do with the roster next year after we win the Cup this year . LGR

    • Al Dugan says:

      Grabner has scored 1 goal in 45 days. Buchnevich hasn’t showed enough yet for me to say he’s going to be something. Not enough strength to not be bounced off the puck. And last nights half assed effort to get the puck out of the zone created their third goal.

      Joe Fortunato was right to say dump Grabs at the deadline.

      • Jack says:

        Yup and you counter Grabner’s speed by revamping the 4th line with a north and south type players who have some speed and blue collar personality that transitions with Fast. Hayes is exposing Grabner at this point, it’s not even the typical breakaway’s but more of the A1 passes that leads to open nets that he’s not cashing in on.

    • Jack says:

      Lol you’re insane if you truly believe that Gorton would bring back the whole roster again like that again. “One last shot at the can” not my words and this phrase was used again recently in AV’s interview after he signed that extension along with Gorton. I’m a Nash fan and chances are he might be gone a little early as well but you’re truly living in fantasy island to think all those fat contracts would back. Read the outline bro, there’s a new core, 3/4 D men that don’t fit the coach’s system who btw just got a extension and Hank who’s in final years that rest on all of this.

      Expect to see Vesey and Buch on the 3rd line seeing 12-13 minutes with a new 3c in 17-18.

      • Al Dugan says:

        Except 3rd lines don’t do 12-13 minutes.

        Buch needs to do a LOT more over the summer to be ready at this level..

  8. Jon says:

    The Rangers are in for an early exit. I think it’s a shame the defense is so bad with how good they are up front. While adding a guy like Kevin Shattenkirk would have seriously helped the Rangers compete, they need to do more than can be done at any trade deadline. I know it’s ugly but Gorton has to use a buyout on Staal or Girardi to have the money to fix what needs to be fixed.

    • Blueshirts94 says:

      Staal’s buyout is brutal, and he seems to have more value around the league. I think we could find a taker (potentially Dallas) if we retained half his cap hit.

      Girardi needs to go. His buyout is rough, but manageable, and it opens up much needed cap space. I’d like to see Holden and/or Klein moved too because we might actually get a solid return for one of them.

      Next year?
      McDonagh-Shattenkirk
      Skjei-Smith
      Staal (assuming he can’t be moved)-Clendening/Graves