Dec
02

Rangers take two much needed points against Carolina

December 2, 2017, by

The Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 last night, capitalizing on the Canes premature pull of goaltender Scott Darling with two minutes left in the third period. Michael Grabner got a hat trick off of two empty net goals and Paul Carey added a last minute trash goal to inflate the score much larger than the actual play would indicate.

The game was pretty evenly matched through the first period and a half, despite Carolina’s goal occurring within one minute of the game opening. You’d never be able to tell from the final scores of each of their matchups, but these two teams are similar: both are fringe playoff teams, both have talent, yet both have glaring issues that need to be fixed in order to go far.

Let’s break down some key points of the game:

  • The opening goal by Justin Williams only 54 seconds into the game was one of those goals you groan over. I was sure we were in for a doozy of a game — in a very negative way — since it looked like one Henrik Lundqvist should have handled.
  • On the replay, it looks like the puck bounced off of Hank’s stick and into the net. You could tell by his body language, though, that he felt he should have had it.
  • One last initial thought, which obviously dissipated: why was Lundqvist even starting this game? The only logical reason would be to give him an opportunity to regain confidence after Tuesday, but at this rate, Lundqvist will have started 75 games by the end of the season.
  • Back to the game as a whole: an early cause for concern was the first Ranger shot on goal coming 4:57 in to the game. This includes a power play. This isn’t “5v5 SOG” or “the first three minutes don’t count” – nearly five whole minutes went by, during which they had two minutes of a man advantage.
  • This was a game with lots of special teams involved: 7 power plays for the Rangers, 3 for the Canes, and one penalty shot missed by Jeff Skinner.
  • Of those power plays, the Rangers converted one into a goal, a mess of a misplay by Scott Darling that proved to be beneficial for David Desharnais and the Rangers. Seriously, if we think Hank is bad with the puck, watch some Darling clips. Woof.
  • The second Rangers goal was by far the most beautiful goal of this game, the first of three for Grabner off a ridiculous cross-ice pass from Kevin Shattenkirk (big thanks to Shayna for the gif):

 

  • Shattenkirk is such a delight to watch. He’s so smart with setting up plays and passing, and it boggles my mind when people complain about his play. Frankly, I wouldn’t want anyone else calling the power play.
  • A bit of lighthearted fun: when the game was 4-1, the Rangers got a power play due to Carolina challenging a call. AV actually put Boo Nieves out on the power play to encourage the rookie’s first NHL goal. Sadly, that went to Paul Carey instead.

Charts below, courtesy of hockeystats.ca:

5v5 Corsi

5v5 shot attempts

Don’t forget that these are for 5 on 5 situations, and that the game was 2-1 until two minutes left in the third period. If you think about this, it only solidifies what we know: this game was controlled by Carolina, and won on the back of Henrik Lundqvist and some seriously sloppy penalties taken by the Hurricanes.

The Rangers have a few days off, embarking on a quick, close road trip on Tuesday to play the lowly Penguins at 7:30.

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20 comments

  1. Richter1994 says:

    From the prior post:

    I was at the game and this kid Aho is just a tremendous offensive player. The speed he has is just incredible, very high end skill.

    I don’t care what the scoreboard says, the Rangers cannot defend worth a dam. I heard that Sam Rosen said that Holden had a strong game. I don’t know what he was looking at because the player got beat no less than 5 times during the game. That I counted.

    Lundqvist continues to make his mates look good, even after giving up a brutal goal 30 seconds in. Henrik still gets, by far and away, the biggest cheers during the pregame introductions and it’s not even close.

    The stat of the night for me that showed up on the scoreboard: Fast is 3rd on the team in hits. Great, and he missed how many games to start the year?

    I felt like the Rangers got better 2nd and in close scoring chances this game. They seemed to go to the net a little more which is a good sign. Maybe the trade rumors are sending messages to the forwards.

    Grabner has been playing well all season, with and without the puck, and in defending with back checks, etc. The last 15 games or so he’s getting rewarded for his great play. Well deserved.

    • James1090 says:

      I agree with you about Aho. He’s very impressive. I’m also impressed with there young defense. There very quick skaters and should be a force as the progress. They also have a couple good defensive prospects in their system.

      Even McDonagh can’t help Holden. He’s just not that good. I would prefer Smith to play with McDonagh.

      The Rangers aren’t a physical team so the fact that Fast is 3rd in hits doesn’t surprise me at all. I would like some of the players like Kredier, Miller and Smith to play with more of an edge.

      Grabner just fits in so well with this team. His speed always makes him a factor and he’s noticeable every game. If he can be resigned on a good contract its a no brainer.

      On Nieves. He’s just so unimpressive to me. He’s a decent skater, but not much else. He’s not physical, he doesn’t have the greatest hands and he’s just okay on face offs. I hope the Rangers can get an upgrade at 4th line center.

      • Richter1994 says:

        I don’t know what the love for Nieves is. He stinks and even if Boo is playing then Lettieri should be playing before Carey anyway.

        Holden is much worse in person than on TV, trust me on that.

        • James1090 says:

          I haven’t been to a game since last year, but he wasn’t good then either. He’s a passable 6/7 defenseman, but that’s it.

          Me either, Nieves is terrible. I wish they added another piece to the Sproul trade so they could have gotten Sheahan too. he would be the perfect 4th line center.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Holden should be a healthy 7th D man scratch or a #6 on a team that has 5 other fairly strong D men, which the Rangers do not.

  2. Bobby B says:

    The game was much closer than the score. This team will be lucky to make the playoffs, let alone go deep into them. Gorton needs to pull over a blockbuster trade. The Devils are in first place and they go out and get Sami. Buffalo Sabers going no where fast, lets send Mcdonagh, Hayes and Veecy to Buffalo for Jack Eichel and Evander Kane.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      That’s $15 million in salary coming from Buffalo, with roughly $8 million in salary going from NYR. This trade will never happen for that reason alone, never mind the fact that Eichel is not a trade candidate—they love the guy in Buffalo.

      Evander Kane is a pig, someone who’s been accused of sexual assault at least twice, and he’s demonstrated a total lack of self-awareness throughout his career (his money phone stunt in Winnipeg was particularly pathetic and cheesy, as was his rep for cutting out in the check at area restaurants). No way should this guy be a Ranger. Let him go to the Devils or the Caps—they are organizations that are comfortable employing creepy players with disturbing off-ice behavior (like Scott Stevens, Martin Broderick, Dino Ciccarelli, Neil Sheehy etc).

      • Mancunian Candidate says:

        Martin Broderick? Thanks a lot autocorrect! Should be Martin Brodeur, famed for winning games and breaking up 2 marriages simultaneously by sleeping with his sister-in-law.

        • Spozo says:

          “Uncle Daddy” is still the greatest chant to ever grace a hockey rink.

          • Fotiu is God says:

            Dude, not even close.

            BEAT YOUR WIFE, POTVIN… BEAT YOUR WIFE

            F**k, that was a beaut. Still resonant.

            Second, the chant that played on Pelle Lindbergh’s fiery death in his Porsche.

            Sure; it was nasty. Brutally uncouth to downright-evil. Totally unacceptable to anybody but those of us with souls darkened by too many vicious beatings at the hands of The Flyers.

            Hereupon, you analytics types will never get the passion, the intensity, the rivalries if not the colorful personalities that once defined Our Game.

            Today’s NHL is a nanny-state.

            Last night’s game was so vanilla, so whitey-politey–completely absent even one decent hit–as to be unwatchable.

            Inasmuch, thank you, Becky, for your breakdown.

            • Pete says:

              Years ago My brother and I were at a Rangers’ game the Garden in January. On the big TV the Garden starts playing a tribute to a bunch of Rangers’ fans who braved a blizzard to go see the Blueshirts play the Caps in D.C. Unfortunately for those hardy souls, the game ended up being cancelled in D.C. due to the inclement weather. As the tale was winding down on the screen, a low ‘a-hole’ chant could be heard building and it grew until the completion of the segment. Now, THAT is a tough crowd! 😀

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              As I recall, the chant following Lindbergh’s tragic death was directed at Hextall. For years after that it was “Buy a Porsche Hextall, Buy a Porsche.” My sensibilities being what they are today I could never participate in such a hideous chant now. But somehow, in the the mid to late 80s, there was that demented side to my personality that I must confess found that slightly amusing—I justified it because, as Fotiu said, it was the Flyers we were talking about…and they were evil!!!!!

              The best day ever in the blue seats (at least for me) easily was during the 1986 playoffs between the Rangers and Flyers. The Rangers were huge underdogs in that series, yet they beat Philly in Game 1. But in Game 2 the Flyers notorious brawler Dave Brown (who I hated even more than Dave Schultz) took a cheap shot run at Beezer. We all hated Brown, so when the scene shifted to the Garden for Game 3, the place was just electric. During the National Anthem, someone unfurled a banner right near the American Flag. It said, “Dave Brown Eat S%$# and Die!”

              I swear, we were sitting up in the blue seats at center ice right near the front of the mezzanine, and we all almost tumbled over we were all laughing so hard. Then the game was incredible. Rangers won, highlighted by a great fight between George McPhee and Rick Tocchet (McPhee got the better of him and I thought the roof would blow off the place!). Mike Keenan I thought was going to burst every blood vessel in his body he was so mad! Then I think in that same game, near the end of it, Bobby Clarke exited his box and did so going through our section. Guys started tearing at his suit. It was unreal!

              Rangers win the series in 5….still one of my all time favorite moments!

              • Stevem says:

                That was a great run that season.. 2 games under .500 under Ted Sator.. but we beat the Flyers who just gooned it up all series, then beat a much more superior Caps team.. if not for Patty Roy, we probably go to the finals that year against the Flames

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                Actually 4 games under .500. That team was going nowhere. Sator was alienating players all season. He demoted Pierre Larouche to the minors for a time. But they had Beezer, who was having a Vezina season. Come playoff time, Larouche was back, and the team clicked.

                Think about this. The Rangers finished with 78 points that season. They knocked off the defending Eastern Conference Champs, the Flyers, who finished 32 points ahead of them in the standings, and then did the same to the Caps, who finished 29 points ahead of them. Astounding.

                In my book, I don’t know if there’s ever been a more stunning pair of playoff upsets in back to back series in NHL history then what the Rangers pulled off that Spring.

                What a blast that was!

            • Stevem says:

              Ah Yes, the good ol’ Drive a Porsche Potvin chant..

      • Mancunian D-Bag Candidate says:

        blah blah blah blah

    • Ranger17 says:

      Eichelis a me me me me player no thank you to him

  3. DAVID k says:

    Can anyone explain how we got the call on Carey’s goal and didn’t on the goal that was waived off against the Panthers that would have tied the game and yes Holden gets beat all the time its like he does not know how to step up and nail someone coming right at him. When are the Rangers going to get an assistant that can teach Holden how to read and react?

    • Bloomer says:

      Holden is paired up with McDonough and they are matched against the other teams best forwards. Holden is not the most mobile defenseman in the he world. So at times when he’s playing against the likes of Aho and Skinner he’s going to look bad.

      To compensate against quick forwards it’s important for a defenseman to play closer to the middle and take away the skating lanes to the net. Despite the shot clock last night I thought the Rangers defencemen did a good job in keeping Carolina forwards to the outside. They didn’t allow many scoring chances from the wheelhouse. This is an improvement from last year. However, work still needs to be done in limiting their defensive end turnovers.

  4. Pete says:

    Looks like the Rangers have the Canes’ number. But Penguins, even if not playing that well, are a test to see if the defense is functioning well and if the forwards are being defensively responsible. It will be very interesting…

    As far as last night is concerned, all I can say is: Be like Mike!

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