Nov
09

Rangers play solid 60 minutes, extend win streak to five

November 9, 2017, by
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The Rangers came into last night’s game on a four game winning streak, facing a team that was decimated by injuries. It had the faint smell of a trap game, but it was not to be. The Rangers dominated play for the first 40 minutes, building a 3-1 lead, before clamping down and holding on for the win.

Henrik Lundqvist proved The King is not dead yet, as he was stellar in this game too. The team had a very good game, with solid process for the full 60 minutes. I would have enjoyed it a little more if I didn’t have so many butt-clenching moments in the third, but it wouldn’t be Rangers hockey if we had an easy third period for a win. I’ll take ten out of ten points though.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Bruins 0

Fourth Liner Pavel Buchnevich.

Bruins 1, Rangers 1

Ryan McDonagh turned the puck over at the blue line to Anders Bjork. Nick Holden didn’t pick up Patrice Bergeron at the back door, but was lucky he whiffed on the one-timer. Too bad David Pastrnak went in untouched to tuck in the rebound.

Rangers 2, Bruins 1

Holden’s shot on goal took a ton of crazy bounces off Bruins and Rangers. Buchnevich was able to track it down and get it to the slot where Jimmy Vesey buried it.

Rangers 3, Bruins 1

Vesey gets the puck up to Kevin Shattenkirk at the point. Shatty is very good at getting the puck on net, which he does again, and Vesey is there to bury the loose puck.

Rangers 3, Bruins 2

This looked like a set play by the Bruins off the face off. On this play, you need both McDonagh and Holden to do a better job in the slot. Bergeron was covered by both but still got the shot off.

Rangers 4, Bruins 2

Rick Nash empty netter.

Score Adjusted Corsi 

This is the performance you expect of this team. Against a Bruins team that is dealing with a ton of injuries, they came out and dominated from start to finish. Solid process through and through. That third period was interesting, though.

Scoring Chances (not score adjusted)

This is a high chance clinic by the Rangers. It makes sense though, as the team was up early. As the game continued, they slowly clamped down and adjusted to ensure the chances weren’t there for Boston. Par for the course, including the scary third period.

Shift Chart

Here’s the shift chart. With the Rangers up 3-1 early, there weren’t many surprises in the deployment. The Rangers really dominated play, so there was no reason for AV to change things up. The fourth line did go for an extended period of time without a shift in the second and again in the third. Weird.

This was a game that the Rangers were expected to dominate, as the Bruins were decimated by injuries. They did just that. It may have been the fourth line on most of the goals, but it was still a dominating performance with good process all around. After a poor start to the season, the Rangers have come storming back to relevancy. There are still holes, but it’s nice to see points banked.

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62 comments

  1. Blueseat Bob says:

    Is the sky still falling in Rangerland?

  2. Richter1994 says:

    Not much to complain about lately, but Kampfer for Smith? Kampfer plays hard, bless his heart, he’s just not capable. Snow angel and penalty on one shift, a nice 2 for 1 there.

    Nice that Buch is finally getting noticed as one of the Rangers’ best forwards so far this year.

    Where’s Zuc and what have they done with him?

    Vesey will be traded soon for insubordination, as going to the net is contrary to the Rangers’ game plan.

    D was ok but that was a pretty injury ravaged team the Rangers played last night. Pastrnak is a magnificent player. Wow.

    • SalMerc says:

      Zucc and Brendan Smith rumored to be in witness protection program.

      • Monty says:

        Zucc is playing very well. Points will come! I’m more worried about the invisibility of Kreider…

        • roadrider says:

          I’m more worried about the invisibility of Kreider…

          Five goals in eight games before last night equates to “invisible”?

        • reccer626 says:

          Invisibility of Kreder???

          Do you mean that he was on a bench a lot last night, because you seriously cannot mean his play thus far In the season? Or are you just looking and the G-A-P +/- lines in the box score?

          Kreider has been a beast in front of the net shielding the goalie form a line of sight on at least a half dozen goals.

          Kreider is not Elite in the aspect of being able to do things on his own. He is a very strong complimentary player that needs to be fed the puck properly. He needs to effectively use his strength and speed. Mika passes have shown what Kreider is and what he needs to be a 30+ goal scorer.

        • Eugene says:

          Boston took boards from Rangers transition… that’s what happened yesterday, and it may take 12 games to AV to figure out again something

        • Matt R says:

          Invisibility of Kreider? Tell that to all the goalies he sits in front of that can’t see the puck because of him.

        • Monty says:

          I feel really unpopular now! :)))

          • Matt R says:

            Haha it’s ok man, I think people in here are just relieved that the Rangers are finally winning again. Don’t worry, me and E3 can make a comment about how AV is still the same coach he was at the start of the season and players are FINALLY starting to put complete games together and all the hate will switch over from you to us 🙂

            • Jeff says:

              Great response to Monty, showing fan brotherhood. I am with you…….speak your mind Monty………..1 year we’ll all go for brews before a game. Can u imagine?

              • Matt R says:

                I agree, all I want is to see a crying King hold the cup above his head.. that’s all. I think we all share the same desire.

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            I’ve been a critic of Kreider, but he certainly hasn’t been invisible. He’s not yet, in my book anyway, the consistent “elite beast” player he is inaccurately portrayed as being out here, but his presence has been noticeable, especially during this winning streak.

            That being said….welcome to the team Monty! 🙂

        • Mintgecko says:

          Let us not forget about the trade rumors during this past streak by Kreider. He’s simply getting by with a good center and winger who clearly have their confidence high and nice chemistry going on. I think Monty was just saying that this still isn’t the beast mode Kreider that most have anticipated for. He doesn’t put in as much work in a shift as I remember Cally use too, Dustin Brown with that built would be scary. I just think that he’s still a bit soft in his end and the neutral zone. He had chances all over the slot that guys like Simmonds would have ate those up.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Zuc is lost out there right now, based on what you would expect from him. But he will come around.

    • sherrane says:

      Why complain about Smith not playing? Kampfer is a very limited player who works hard whereas Smith is a much more talented player who has played the role of Captain Mistake this season. Smith was benched in the 3rd period when Vegas lead 4-2 (around the 4:00 mark of the 3rd, Kreider cut it to 4-3 at 5:31) and has been in the Press Box since. This 5-game winning streak has been achieved without any “help” from him. Some here have lamented trading Stepan while others criticized allowing Vegas to draft Lindberg, but right now re-signing Smith was the biggest mistake this offseason.

      • Dave says:

        You are incorrectly assuming that Smith’s benching caused this run. Kampfer, on the whole, has not been good. Neither has Holden.

        Staal, ironically enough, hasn’t been bad.

        • Steve C says:

          I think long term AV wants and knows Smith has to be the answer, but when a player shows up to camp, after a huge pay raise, out of shape and then plays bad hockey when he is in, why should AV give him a shot when the team is winning.

          Are they winning because of Kampfur, of course not, but is he making more mistakes then Smith was or do we only remember his bad plays because we all know Smith is the better long term play?

          Short Term Kampfur/Holden deserve to play over Smith. There really is no argument based on how Smith was playing worse then both of them.

          • upstate tom says:

            if smith was out of shape, they’ve probably got him working on getting in shape !!!!! also why change while you’re winning ?

        • sherrane says:

          I didn’t assume anything. I am pointing out that Smith has not played in 5 (last 4 games + Montreal) of the 8 Rangers wins and was benched during the 4-goal 3rd period of the win against Vegas. This is not an attempt to scapegoat Smith, but I wouldn’t play him until either this streak gets snapped of someone can’t go.

      • Itsapowerplaygoal says:

        Might be good to get Smith in line-up since we paid him $4.5MM. He is clearly better than Kamper (see last year playoffs). The answer is not to sit him! Agree he has not played great but he has to be part of the long term plans. If not then trade him for something…part of a package for a center?

        AV deployment is still stupid. Kamper & Holden have not played well. You cannot compete for Cup with Staal/Kamper/Holden as 50% of your D. Sorry

        • Girardi Jr says:

          We have won 5 in a row doing thing you all hate, maybe AV is smarter than you guys.

          • Bloomer says:

            The Rangers are showing what they are capable of and the level of talent this team has. AV didnt have his squad ready to play at the start of the season. This is on the coach.

            Good coaching is in preparation through a strong training camp and a competitive preseason.

        • Chris A says:

          Smith will play when he proves he’s ready. Let’s not forget this is now Smith’s second extended benching of the season. AV gave him a second chance and Smith blew it.

          Now, It is on Smith to work his butt off and patiently wait his turn until one of Staal/Holden/Kampher begin to tail off.

          The irony is that AV is doing exactly what everyone has been asking him to do, bench an underperforming vet, and he’s still catching heat for it.

          • Walt says:

            The irony is that AV is doing exactly what everyone has been asking him to do, bench an underperforming vet, and he’s still catching heat for it.

            On this I have to agree with you!!

      • Richter1994 says:

        yeah what Dave said, this current run has zero to do with Kampfer.

        When I go to the games, which is most of them at home, and there is pressure from the opponent, I look up at the scoreboard and I see “47” on the board, meaning he’s on the ice.

        Plus, you know eventually Smith plays over him, so what’s the issue? No one seems to know.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          Hey buddy!

          Don LaGreca said the other night that the word is Smith came to camp out of shape. So presumably he’s working hard to get himself in shape.

          I know you and I don’t see eye to eye on defensemen, but I dont think Holden or Kampfer have been the “tire fires” you and others make them out to be, anymore than Girardi was. Are these flawed players? Sure. Show me an NHL team that doesn’t have some defensive depth issues. Maybe a small handful like Nashville perhaps.

          But in Kampfer, I am seeing a max effort guy who can play physical. And, have to disagree with Dave, I do think there is a cause and effect here. The team has played better since Smith sat. I’m not saying it’s entirely because of that, of course not. But if a player is out of shape, then he should be sitting and he is.

          Hopefully, Smith gets his act together and soon.

          • Matt R says:

            I haven’t been shy on my feelings about Smith, but when playing well, he is certainly a higher quality defenseman than Kampfer. The difference between the two is visually obvious.. one understands they have a limited skillset and have come to terms with it, the other doesn’t realize that he lacks the speed to make up for the chances he takes. All in all, we shouldn’t be concerned about Smith this season, he will start to put it together shortly. Be concerned next season.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Hey bro!!

            I love Kampfer’s effort but I will use your past rationale: How old is he and how many NHL games has he played? And for how many teams?

            He’s not good. Not at all. He’s dead last in corsi for Ranger D men, does that surprise anyone? Coincidentally DeAngelo is #1 and we know where he is.

            You would think that AV would love puck moving D men and despise slow moving D men. But yet, we have Staal, Kampfer, and Holden (a better skater than the other 2 for sure) in the same line up.

            “Up tempo” requires better skaters/players than this. Again, the coach’s logic here makes zero sense to me based on the system he likes to deploy. Complete contradiction of the process and deployment.

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              To paraphrase an old saying, coaches do not live by fancy stats alone. We already know what the fancy stats said about McIlrath and Clendo, who are now toiling in the AHL. ADA is obviously not ready and needs some seasoning.

              Don’t be so quick to disregard intangibles. Girardi IMO had that. Kampfer, possibly does. He’s been fine.

              Again, the options are who now? ADA, who isn’t even distinguishing himself in the “A”, and Smith, who is out of shape? I think it makes perfect sense why AV is playing Kampfer at the moment.

              Long range, he’s clearly not the answer. Short range he’s fine. They are winning. Ride what is working for now.

              • Richter1994 says:

                “Kampfer, possibly does. He’s been fine.”

                based on what E3? I’m listening. He tries, he’s giving his all, etc. Love him for it, but he’s played a grand total of 151 NHL games for a reason, to paraphrase a wise poster here with a heart condition that has 3 first names in his ID name with “!” in it, lol.

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                For me, it’s the eye test. Our eyes see it differently. I dont think he’s been bad. He hasn’t been great. Nor is he our long term answer. But for now, he’s more than serviceable. That will do until either Smith gets his act together and/or ADA proves he’s a legit NHL option.

                Oh, and just for total accuracy, heart condition is a total thing of the past. Heart by pass done. Heart is 100%! 🙂

              • Richter1994 says:

                Congrats on the heart being 100%. I was a little concerned with all the thumbs downs you get though, lol.

    • Bloomer says:

      Zuc will reappear when the time is right. That’s how it works with hobbits.

  3. amy says:

    the boys played really well Vesey looked great and Zucc the points will come just play great I will see you guys November 19 when Ottawa and brass come in

  4. roadrider says:

    Amazing what happens when you get the puck to the net with traffic in front and guys keep their sticks on the ice.

  5. Pas44 says:

    Smith not playing sends a strange message about the GM’s decision to sign him to his contract. Are there trades being worked on? showcases?

    Rick Nash looks like he is about to have one of his nice runs of scoring goals!
    That move he made in the first, no goal but he was moving like Elvis on Ice out there baby!

    BUCH#89 – HOLY MOSCOW BABY!!!!

    • Mintgecko says:

      I don’t really see it about Nash and if anything his age imo has already started to show in his game. I’m a huge fan of his and would make that trade again to acquire him. He’s gets caught on any of his breakaways with a backcheck, come on that’s not the real Nash. His hands are still good but his speed has noticeably slowed down so he can’t really stick handle through other teams anymore and that’s 50% of his offense. I say trade him now if there’s no plans on keeping him after this season which in that case then trade Zucc. San Jose would be a good team to bargain Nash off to as long as Tierney or Karlsson are involved to come back.

  6. Rod Seiling's Twilight Zone says:

    Did Buchnevich have one shift where he wasn’t effective?

  7. Randy says:

    Why are you still calling Buch a fourth liner? He played the entire game last night on the first line with Kreider and Zibby. Maybe AV has finally come to his senses with the kid.

  8. Al Dugan says:

    Buchnevich just made Zdeno Chara his bitch.

    Dave,

    You and your site are better than using terms and statements like this. This is perjorative, homophobic and not really something that should be used anymore.

    You aren’t 17 any more.

    • Bloomer says:

      I thought it was a colourful statement. But I forgot we lived in a super sensitive touchy feeling world.

      • Chris A says:

        It’s not very professional and this is a very well run blog.

        If your boss disciplined you for using inappropriate language in front of a client, would you tell your boss he’s being touchy feely and should lighten up?

        Dave is a good writer and is normally better than that. Worst of all, it’s not even a good line. It’s a tired line that is about ten years past it’s prime (like Chara … zing!), not colorful in the least.

    • Dave says:

      I apologize if I offended you.

      • tanto says:

        Not sure why anyone would down vote your apology. Al is right about the implications, but I imagine it was just an inappropriate figure of speech to say Buch owned Chara on the play.

    • Egelstein says:

      “You aren’t 17 any more.”

      Al, you and your comments are better than taking a tone like this. This is age bias/ageism (which is a form of discrimination), and not really something that should be used anymore.

      • Walt says:

        Great comment!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Richter1994 says:

        One of the biggest problems of today’s world is people pick and choose when to admonish. Plus the sensitivity level is way too low.

        Dave probably shouldn’t have said it but tell me people don’t say shit like that all day long. And if they say they don’t, then they’re liars as well.

        Plus, I don’t know Dave but I doubt there was any morsel of bad intent.

  9. Rangers Rock says:

    Stupid AV got Vesy to score 2 goals! Good job.

  10. Richter1994 says:

    With all the complaining about Henrik this year, the bottom line is that he basically always starts slow and gets better as time moves on.

    But then again, unless there is no defense in front of him, the blame of the goal will be placed at his feet anyway. The level of goal NOT blamed on him is as rare as Trump not tweeting once in a 24 hour period.

  11. Peter says:

    There is no need for any panic moves to be made at this time. The team is playing much better, and the forecheck has returned. They should give it a few weeks to see how the team performs and to see if Chytil might be capable of coming to the big club. DD is OK as a stop gap until the kid can come and either be 3C or a wing on a line with Miller at center. Of course, if they could move Holden and bring up DeAngelo or Graves or Pionk that could be done now.

  12. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    Ok, a few random thoughts here……

    1) I’ve had it with this team. Done with them. The effort is a disgrace. The coach has TOTALLY lost the room and needs to be fired yesterday. The coach and GM clearly are NOT on the same page, and frankly the GM needs to be out as well. And the aging future HOFer and face of the franchise needs to sit and make way for the younger guys!

    (oh wait…I meant to post that on the Giants blog, where all these things I mentioned are ACTUALLY TRUE…..forgive me, same color scheme in the uniforms, it gets confusing at times. 🙂 Only in the make believe world are these things actually happening to the Rangers, who might well be called the “anti-Giants”!)

    2) Rich (and others) and I have had our debates about whether we have any truly elite, great players other than our goalie. Greatness in my mind is a label you earn over time, when you produce results at a high level CONSISTENTLY. I had a great moment once at MSG. Remember the old bowling alley there. Well, I was a pretty good bowler and played in a tournament there many years ago. On that particular day, I bowled a 256!!!!! Had a 300 game going until the 7th frame. At that moment, I was arguably better than any bowler in the world. But I never came close to doing it again, so I was not a GREAT bowler. I simply bowled GREAT that day. (BTW, when I lost my 300 game, the crowd watching me booed and walked away. Totally humiliated. A classic moment!).

    Point is, lots of guys can be great in short spurts. But truly GREAT athletes, like Messier, or Leetch, are consistently great.

    I am very, very impressed with Buch and Zib so far. Kreider and Miller, who I’ve been critical of, have played really well. But are they great players yet? To me, not until they prove it over a lengthy period of time. Let them be in the conversation for a spot on the all-star team for a change. Maybe they will show up on someone’s list for “Top winger/centers” in the league. Maybe be in the conversation for post-season honors. I don’t know, maybe show up on the cover of The Hockey News, is that so much to ask? But it is hardly unreasonable to ask that they prove they are truly special, difference making players beyind just a handful of games. Remember, in the case of Miller, Hayes and Kreider, these were guys who became no-show players from mid-February right through the playoffs. Can we trust them enough to say “they’ve arrived”?

    If they have arrrived, then they will have truly earned the “Untouchable” moniker, and more importantly, then the Rangers will be a legit Cup contender. I still maintain that winning it all almost requires that you have at least one or two of those legit “elite beasts”. Let’s see if any of our guys will become that.

    3) Flip side to this. The Rangers are 8-7-2, and at the moment a borderline playoff team—exactly what many expected they would be. They were a .500 team from mid-February on and in the playoffs. They are still a .500 team. They are on course for a high 80s point total, which will not get it done. There’s an old saying—you are never as bad as you appear when you are going bad, and never as good as you appear when you are going good. So before we decide who is an elite beast or not, and whether this team has truly turned it around, we need to see a lot more.

    4) This one is for Leather, Sieve and the other Hank Haters. Did you or anyone watch the Rangers Extra on MSG following last night’s game? This is what Dave Maloney (who IMO has forgotten more hockey than all of us combined have ever known), had to say about Hank and the team? (Paraphrasing….)

    “For most of the past decade, the Rangers path to victory has been primarily because of Hank. When Hank was great, the Rangers would win. When he was ordinary, the team was usually not talented enough to bail him out. But Hank is 35 years old now. He can’t do that every game. So now, it’s the younger up and coming guys who need to carry him more. If the Rangers can keep doing what they are doing, Hank can relax, he doesn’t have to be letter perfect, and the team can still succeed. But that burden now has to be shared.”

    That is EXACTLY what I have been trying to say. Hank has been THE primary reason why the Rangers have been one of the most successful NHL teams post-lockout. But now it is time for other guys to carry more of the responsibility. So banging on Hank every time the guy makes a mistake is ridiculous. I’m harsher on the “Untouchables” because they need to play like their unofficial name more frequently. To quote Yoda, “There is no try, only do”. It’s time for Kreider, Miller and Hayes to “do”. Consistently.

    5) A few of our very learned commentators who will remain nameless made some interesting comments recently. “AV had a practice right off of the plane….FIRE HIM INTO THE SUN!!!!!” Yeah, well, they played two of their best games of the season following that “horrific” decision. Much ado (or much blather) about absolutely nothing…as usual. And then another resident genius blasted AV the other day for sitting Vesey for a stretch after he struggled in the Columbus game……lo and behold….he plays his best game of the season last night. Hmmmmm…I don’t know, maybe try NOT to make a federal case about stuff that is more than logical and reasonable for a coach to do?

    I’ll comment on Buch on the “Buch Page”.

    • Richter1994 says:

      “And then another resident genius blasted AV the other day for sitting Vesey for a stretch after he struggled in the Columbus game”

      I never refer myself as a “genius” lol. But Vesey is one of the “dogs” on the team. He seems to take abuse for some reason. I think he plays a very under the radar type of game. It may not show up in the boxscore but I think he’s smart and knows where to be most of the time.

      Roll the 4 lines, that’s how they win and how they will win in the playoffs, if they make it.

      Otherwise, good post. AV is safe for now but you have to wonder what’s happened that turned this around.

      And BTW, very bad start followed up by a nice streak, which results in a record that people would expect after 17 games played. They just went about it in a strange way, lol.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        Oh, I was NOT referring to you as a “resident genius” in the sarcastic sense. That was for someone else who made a big deal about the Vesey benching. Someone with the first letter of each of his names that reads like something that runs under MSG in Penn Station. You are a “legit” resident genius, even when we disagree. 🙂

        I really think the slow start was more about all the changes. Bloomer mentioned this above and blamed the coach. Sure, it’s fair to hold the coaching staff accountable for the bad start as long as the reverse is true and they get high marks for the turnaround. I would hold management (coach and GM) responsible for a perplexing schedule and all that time off between the last pre-season game and the opener. I suspect they might re-think that next year.

        But the real reason is not about the coach. You lose two guys wearing a letter. Half your centers. That’s a lot, especially on a team that has no high end talent to cover for the losses. The team looked totally disjointed and I think everyone was just trying to find their way. That’s my take anyway.

    • Rangers Rock says:

      Booo!

    • Hockey Sittoo says:

      Also saw that Maloney piece and I couldn’t agree more. Hank is still a great goalie, but he won’t be the best player on the ice every night. Time to give him the structure and support he deserves!

  13. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Sorry … All I heard was blah blah blah blah