Views from the Chase Bridge for a six game winning streak

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Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

I was lucky enough to sit in the Chase Bridge seats for yesterday’s game. The second best seats I’ve ever had (sat on the glass once). It was a great view to see the game unfold and continue the six game winning streak. Since I was at the game, no goal breakdown, but I had some observations.

1. Three goals, three cross-ice (Royal Road) passes. That’s how you win games. All three were beautiful passes. All Pavel Buchnevich and Rick Nash (on the first one) had to do was not miss. But on that second Nash goal, don’t discount the finish. That was a very difficult goal to score.

2. I don’t understand why Marc Staal and Steven Kampfer are continually out on the ice. It’s mind boggling to me. They just aren’t a good defense pairing. I understand that Brendan Smith will eventually replace Kampfer, so at this point I’m just waiting. Each game that it takes, though, is frustrating.

3. Nick Holden had a surprisingly good game. I thought he was spending a lot of time in the offensive zone, and it turns out I was right.

A blip, probably. But I’ll take it.

4. A+ trolling.

5.Jimmy Vesey apparently had his tooth stuck in his lip after taking that brutal boot to the face. He got his mask, and continued playing. Hockey.

6. Remember how we all used to say “forfeit the two minutes” whenever there would be a Rangers powerplay? Not anymore. It’s amazing how the addition of one player can change things. Kevin Shattenkirk’s least appreciated ability is getting pucks through to the net. Think about it, how often do you see his shots going into shin pads? His ability to get the puck through forces them to respect the shot, which opens up the pass to Mika Zibanejad in the Ovi spot. Respecting Zibanejad there opens up the cross-ice passes mentioned above. It’s a beauty to watch.

7. If you ever get the chance, watch a game from the Chase Bridge. What a view.

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36 thoughts on “Views from the Chase Bridge for a six game winning streak

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This was exactly why JG told the public that Hayes was ready to take over the defensive responsibility of Stepan and why they could trade him so easily. He’s played the shutdown role and pk perfectly, imo all he needs is another line helping out on the shutdown role. Mika and Stepan will be better than Brass and Stepan in the long run.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

    For the power play, Stepon is gone too! 2 major changes. The team played well yesterday.
    I do believe our team had much more skill and depth. Who needs 1 superstar when you have depth and Fast on the 4th line like he should.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

      When they get a right handed winger that is better than Fast (or just a righty in general), then Fast belongs on the 4th line. The fact he skates well and plays smart helps but the fact that AV has no other righty wingers is why Fast is there. Ranger GM’s wear horse blinders over the right eye when they take the GM job for the Rangers. It’s like they don’t notice any right handed forwards. This has been an issue for the Rangers for the better part of the last decade. It has hurt them on the PP in years past and imo the fact Shatty is a righty with a good shot is what make the PP go. Zibanejad is a righty forward playing on the off side on the man advantage, the only one on the 2 PP units. If he’s a lefty the PP is not as successful as it’s been.

      • Nov 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        I say when Fasth is ever better than Vesy then I would play him on the 3rd line. Then again I would never play him on the 3rd line.

      • Nov 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        Fast gets top 9 time because he’s an excellent forechecker and can help generate offense. I’m not certain simply replacing him with a more offensive minded player would automatically lead to more goals.

        As for targeting right handed shots, they’re scarce. Only 30% of the league shoots right handed. I don’t think the lack of RH on the team it’s a result of the org wearing blinders.

        • Nov 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm

          Fasth sucks! People are trying to make a nothing into a monster and he is not. He is a 4th line player that’s all.
          Just my opinion but he is the worst forward on the team other than that 3 line center whats his name.

          • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

            Fast sucks? Your hatred of Fast is just beyond bizarre. The PK has been red hot, and it can be traced pretty much to the time he returned to the lineup. And as I’ve said before, the whole team seems to disagree with you, since he is the two time Players’ Player and linemates “beg” AV to put him on their line.

            Find someone else to pick on. You are making yourself into a “Resident Idiot” by going down that rabbit hole.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Is AV still the coach??? LOL

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Is AV the coach that has been out coached and played players with less of an upside? Tell me he wasn’t out coached in Ottowa?
      All I stated was a better option which he did yesterday. Then how am I wrong?

      • Nov 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        Unless you are in the coaches meetings, at the practices, in the locker room, and on the bench with both teams how could you know he was out coached?

        • Nov 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm

          good for you

      • Nov 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Also out coached against a very inferior team in montreal!!!! Which we should have swept……

        • Nov 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

          Maybe if they had a 6.5 million dollar center who played to his contract than they would have won vs Ottawa.

          • Nov 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

            I usually agree with you but the coach was directly responsible for 3 playoff losses last year, 2 in the Ottawa series.

            That’s why the over 600 regular season wins are meaningless, IMO. The man has had the 2 best goalies in this era, Hank and Luongo. They deserve more of the credit for those wins.

            • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm

              Well, obviously the Rangers braintrust seems to disagree with you (big contract and still here), since they undoubtedly realize that what REALLY happened was AV tried every combo under the sun, none of them worked late, and at the end of the day, our so-called stars failed to show up. That’s why we lost. Plain and simple.

              And if we are going to denigrate AV for 600+ wins because he had goalies who were great, no problem. Then lets also destroy Ruff and Quinn. Heck, why not rip on Arbour and Bowman too, since they had rosters that probably half the coaches in the league could have won with? When it comes to AV, all things in the positive are because of the players. All things negative are on him it seems.

              AV is what he is, a highly successful coach who is among the very best in the game today. I will take regular season performance any day of the year, especially in a league with competitive balance like this one, even making the playoffs year after year is pretty hard to do.

              And, again. You lavish praise on Hank because like me you agree that he has been one lone star on an otherwise starless team over the years. But somehow, AV continuing to win year after year with the same flawed roster makes his accomplishments meaningless.

              Sorry buddy, that makes no sense.

          • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

            You’re so accepting of Hayes’ non-production, yet still obsessed with a guy on the Coyotes. Give it a rest already.

            By the way:

            Stepan-1G, 3A last year vs Ottawa in playoffs

            Hayes-0G, 2A last year vs Ottawa in playoffs

            One of these days, Hayes might actually back up your inflated opinion of him. Wouldn’t hold my breath though.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I thought seats in Section 215 were great seats, lol.

    We can beat the D man deployment to death but you can get away with it in the regular season but not in the playoffs. And that’s why you play the kids now to see what you have for the playoffs. It’s all about the playoffs.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      And again, as I said on the other page, no you do not. Not until the kids show they are ready in the AHL. And so far, they have not. You don’t risk messing up what is working right now. Every point is crucial. The playoffs dont mean a thing if you dont make them.

      • Nov 13, 2017 at 6:26 am

        E3, what is working right now won’t be what’s working 2 months from now, much less March and April.

        Again, you just look to be in it in Oct and Nov and then teams start to play once January comes around. You know as well as I do that this is a long season with ebbs and flows that change throughout the year.

        Kampfer is not a season long answer. If you think he is then I will say that you are not forecasting what NHL play will be like in 3 months or so.

        Crosby has been awful so far, somehow I think that changes at some point.

        • Nov 13, 2017 at 7:51 am

          Think about this. The Rangers have won six in a row. Yet despite this, they’ve hardly moved in the standings and as of this moment, they would be out of the playoffs if the season ended today. It appears that the East (other than TB on the high end and Florida, Buffalo and Carolina on the low end), will be a dog fight all season long. There is very little margin for error.

          If the Rangers were in TB’s shoes, with enough of a lead at the moment, then ok, maybe. But no team is going to risk pissing away valuable points on the “Hail Mary” hope that young players like ADA or Pionk or Graves (or whatever other young “savior” we choose to overrate this month), guys who are, at the moment, playing just ok at Hartford, are suddenly going to come in and upgrade what is working on the NHL level. How long of a trial should we give them? 5-10 games? More?

          You have said before—“In Gorton we trust”. Ok, then why do you not trust the process of letting young players develop properly in the “A”, let them prove themselves there, and then when and if they prove they are ready, THEN you bring them up? We are fans and most of us have no idea if any of them are ready. This is not a jury that has to have it proven to us that these kids are ready. If you don’t trust the GM, then well, what can I tell you? It seems to me management’s judgments on when to go all in with young players and when not to has been pretty spot on over the years.

          You’re overrarching point I agree with. Kampfer probably is not the answer. Hopefully Smith is not too far away from being ready. Maybe ADA or one of the other kids will figure things out down in Hartford at some point. Maybe there is a trade possibility. Who knows?

          But the fact is, this alignment is working now. No way the Rangers or any team would mess with what’s working unless there was a clear upgrade option, which at the moment there is not. Your solution smells of panic, and there is no need to panic at the moment when the lineup as is is working.

          • Nov 14, 2017 at 6:26 am

            this line up is working, yes. but is Henrik playing every game for the rest of the year? Is Smith ever going to see the ice?

            Oct/Nov does not a season make. Fans were awarding the Cup to the Rangers last year at this time, and my simple response was “let’s see what they do in March/April.” that’s when it counts.

            Teams rev up their play starting in January. Kampfer is useable only because teams haven’t started playing yet. Maybe Gorton is trying to trade Smith and they don’t want him to get hurt. Possibly, but there are others in Hartford that should be playing now to see their worth.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Seats on the glass suck

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I agree my friend. I’m in 215 right next to the old press row. Only 5 seats in our row and the 5th one is never sold. Love those seats, will never give them up. I like looking down on the ice, seeing the plays develop.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Anywhere near #15 as in Glass is awesome!!!!

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Yeah, McJesus totally mocked Sam.. saw it when he scored.. Karma is a bitch son… Just rewatch Buch’s and Nasher PP strikes

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    …I don’t understand why Marc Staal and Steven Kampfer are continually out on the ice. It’s mind boggling to me…

    They have won those six games. That is why. You play to win the game. Not to score fantasy points.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you! The very idea those two should be playing! Horror of horrors! 🙂

      The defense has been fine. The roster is what it is at the moment. Hopefully Smith will get himself in shape and we will see him soon, and/or someone in the AHL will prove they are a better option.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Amazing how the PP clicks when you put players on their off hand to accept 1 timers. You would think that nobody had ever done that before, ever.

    Yet AV is a HOF coach.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Isn’t a LH shot on the right side the same thing? We’ve had that, but it never really worked out. This is not an issue that simply got resolved because AV made some small, overdue change.

      The reason for the success is that Zibanejad’s shooting has been lethal on the left side, Buchnevich has been dangerous on the right, Kreider has been causing screens, and Shattenkirk is playmaking from the point and getting through shots when needed.

      We have the personnel now to execute the game plan. That’s the difference.

      • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Chris, don’t inject any common sense into the discussion. Some fans seem to be a bit grumpy even with the six game winning streak. Their dream of seeing AV canned in favor of some marginal nobody who likely has the franchise regress has been squashed, so they have to complain about something.

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Right. Of course. It has nothing to do with the fact that they now have Shatty and a matured Buch and Zib. The failures before were ALL because our coach was an idiot, but now his players are bailing him out. Of course!

      You do realize that, despite the issues with the PP, the last two years the PP has been ther best it has been since the Jagr days—a dramatic upgrade over what the previous coach was able to deliver. Guess the clueless coach did a pretty good job even before the talent upgrades.

      But I forget. All things good with the Rangers—players. All things bad with the Rangers—coach.

  • Nov 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Took my son, and his boy to see the Rangers yesterday, and the play that stood out the most was that tic-tac-toe with Mac Truck to Nash for the finishing touch. That was a thing of beauty………….

    This is the third year in a row that we took Jake to see a game. He’ll be 9 in January, but talk about a fan, the kid bleeds Ranger blue. He said something to me that may my heart swell, how much he loves going to the game with his dad, and Poppi. There aren’t many afternoon games in the season, but we make sure to take the little guy to as many as we can, what a great day for us all.

    And the icing on the cake was we WON!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nov 12, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      I started taking my daughter to games when she was about that age, which was more than a few years ago. I’ll never forget how proud she was when she figured out how to get to the concessions and rest room by herself, going down the stairs and along the old promenade to the exit. (Of course, she never noticed that I was about 10 feet behind her all the way.) She’s still a hockey fan to this day, even though we don’t get to go to many games anymore.

      • Nov 13, 2017 at 7:15 am


        I did the same with my three, and for the record, my daughter became the biggest fan of the three!!!!!! These are wonderful memories, and I hope to be around with Jake for a number of years more……..Now I have to work on my other three boys, in Pittsburgh, to become Ranger fans as well, LOL!!!!!!

  • Nov 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Were you in a seat or in a bar stool? I’ve been up there twice, once in a seat and once in a bar stool and thought the bar stool was slightly better because of the downward angle you get from being seated even higher up. And I totally agree. If you get the chance to sit up there, do it.

  • Nov 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Only time at MSG was a bar stool on the bridge. Absolutely loved it.

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