Lundqvist’s heroics not enough to steal two points

February 6, 2018, by
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Photo Credit: AP / Ron Jenkins

The Rangers went into Dallas last night trying to steal two points with half the roster comprised of Hartford or AAAA players. The result was what anyone would have expected. Dallas absolutely manhandled the Rangers all over the ice. However Henrik Lundqvist was again a difference maker, keeping the Rangers relevant enough to stay within one goal for the loss.

Our Blueshirts were badly outplayed from start to finish. The Stars finished the night with 41 shots on goal, with Hank stopped 39 of them. However 18 of them came in the first, and another 13 in the second. That’s just inexcusable. I get that we all know they are selling, but this is a poor performance all around. It’s yet another performance where they gave up 30+ shots, which is the running theme lately. The Rangers could be considered mediocre, but are downright bad right now.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Stars 0

The Rangers caught the Dallas forwards in a change, which gave Vinny Lettieri time to get the puck low to David Desharnais for the shot. The shot was at a bad angle and stopped, but Ben Bishop left the rebound in a bad spot and Stephen Johns let little Desharnais skate right by him to tap in the rebound.

Stars 1, Rangers 1

The Stars had an extra skater here, and the Rangers got a little unlucky. Jason Spezza won a foot race to the puck in the corner, and his centering pass was to no one. But it hit Jesper Fast’s stick and went right to Tyler Seguin. What a ripper off the short side post.

Stars 2, Rangers 1

Martin Hanzal got in behind Nick Holden for the easy deflection. I wish that wasn’t the design of the net-front play in front of Hank, but it is.

Score Adjusted Corsi (even strength)


Scoring Chances (even strength – not score adjusted)


Food for thought. The Stars really limited the Rangers shooters all night under Ken Hitchcock. Part of that is due to the Blueshirts preferring quality over quantity, sure. But isn’t it funny that last year’s Stars team, under Lindy Ruff, bled shots at a bottom-third rate? It’s the system. It’s the coaches.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier, either. Unless the Blueshirts get healthy, we should start expecting a good number of losses. I wish that weren’t the case. As much as I know the selling and losing is coming (and probably good for the team in the long run), I want them to win. Is this rock bottom?

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  1. Richter1994 says:

    Can we just forfeit the rest of the games and call it a day?

    I heard Bettman is already preparing for the Rangers to be in the lottery. The Rangers’ ping pong ball looks eerily like a golf ball (“since when does a ping pong ball have dimples?”).

  2. Richter1994 says:

    Dave, Ulfie, Beuk, Ruff, same results, it’s the head coach.

    • orangemike says:

      Or….it could be the players. When the team is basically an AHL roster there is a good possibility the results won’t be stellar against NHL teams. So we can look at this one of two ways. Way #1- fire the coaches, shoot all the players, burn down the Garden and bulldoze the site and a couple of city blocks around it. Plant petunias there. Set your hair on fire and run around naked in the street screaming. Many of the posters here will probably agree with this process.

      Way #2- accept the fact that the team is a middle-of-the-road roster with several injuries. Even when healthy, the present roster is a result of trading away draft picks for veterans in an effort to catch lightning in a bottle. It worked for a few years; the team got within a couple bounces of the puck of a Cup. I don’t know what their draft situation is this summer; I don’t really keep track. Maybe some of you do. Is there a Conor McDavid this year? I don’t know.

      Anyway I have things to do today so I can’t sit here all day. This team, even with all the farferal, is three points out of a playoff spot. If everyone wants the Rangers to lose all the rest of their games this season and get a high draft pick, if that’s what you want, then so be it. Again, three points out of a playoff spot. Personally, I would be against firing the coach. That’s just me; you can now all give me the thumbs downs, and yell and scream at me. It’s always easy to say “fire the coach!” It’s what we do. But this coach just signed an extension, if I’m not mistaken. What coach is out there who would be an improvement WITH THIS ROSTER? I don’t know. What’s going on with Kreider? I don’t know. What’s the salary cap situation? I don’t have all the details.

      To the best of my knowledge, there’s a game tomorrow night. This will play out; I’m as upset as most of you, but I’m not losing sleep over it.

      At least we’re not blaming Sam Rosen.

      Enjoy your day, everyone. Regards- orange

      • dannydr44 says:

        For anyone that’s been paying attention to this organization, since the last lock out…the Rangers have played more playoff games, than any other team in the league. They’ve been competitive (for the most part) but have been giving away, their draft picks and youth…in order to win the cup (just like you mentioned). Yes, they lost to the Kings but it was a close series…and I blame AV and the coaching staff, for the way they deployed their players, during that series. Player management, anyone? This organization and coaching staff, has had (since the lock out…if not longer) a terrible track record, for developing young players. Not to mention, AV does a terrible job, of managing them and/or not helping their overall development. It’s time to sell and aim for the future, fire the coaching staff, yes damn it, fire the whole coaching staff and reevaluate the entire organization.

        Oh and personally, I’m all for setting my hair on fire and running NYC (especially the financial district) naked. I support the no pants subway ride, why not take a step further!?!?

        This team will not be competitive enough, to get past the first round of the playoffs. They shouldn’t rush, any of their players back from an injury and gave a shot (evaluate) some of their AHL players, on the NHL level. Not just Vinny Lettieri either. Just a thought…I’m not knocking your opinion but do think, there’s much more going on, within the organization and I’m sure as hell not losing sleep about it either…unless I was a season ticket holder again.

        Anyway…let’s go Knights!!! Ha!

        • Richter1994 says:

          I’ve said it many times, I would like to see a different coach with the same players to see how that would play out.

          But that ship has long sailed. Instead of this group getting another kick at the can, they are getting their can kicked.

        • orangemike says:

          Danny I appreciate your sense of humor; it’s in short supply here. But with all due respect, if you think the problem in the Final a couple of years back was AV’s “player deployment”, then you’re a better coach than I am. Sometimes the puck doesn’t bounce in your direction; that happens. Enjoy your evening, my friend.

          Regards- orange

      • Richter1994 says:

        Hey orange, there were different players throughout AV’s regime, but the same results. While I agree that we have not had the greatest of roster talent, they’re not this bad either.

        Even when they were winning they were bleeding shots at an alarming rate. If you ask me what the Rangers’ “system” is I do not think that I can really tell you.

        Let the rebuild begin, including coaches.

        • orangemike says:

          Yeah but Richter the core is the same. Nash, Kreider, McDonogh, Hank, Zucc, Staal. In my mind, a plan that just says “let’s fire the coach and see what happens” isn’t a plan at all. With all due respect. Look, I’ll say it again for the hundredth time- if everyone here is OK with 2-3 years of Buffalo-type seasons of 75 points, I might, I say might, be with you on starting over on a coaching staff. But I don’t want to hear it next year at this time when they’re battling Buffalo and Ottawa for last place with a bunch of 21-yr olds. Just sayin’.

          Regards- orange

          • Richter1994 says:

            I am excited for a rebuild my friend, this current group, including coaches, are done.

            • orangemike says:

              You might be right. All I’m saying is I don’t want to hear the screaming and whining on this board for the next 2-3 years when they’re out of playoff contention in early December. That’s all. Enjoy your day, everyone- a foot of snow here in Rochester.

              Regards- orange

  3. Walt says:

    “The Rangers could be considered mediocre, but are downright bad right now.”

    With all the injuries I can give them slack for their play, but the clock has run out on Clarabelle! For the first time in what seems forever, AV looked like maybe he was concerned towards the end of the game. Where was that desperation all season long? AMF AV !!!!!!!

  4. joe cafardo says:

    The only thing bothering me is whether or not there is an overall strategic plan to this abattoir we are witnessing. Because if that dimwit Dolan is allowing this….with no overarching plan to gut the head coach and this process of his that requires a couple of Gretzky’s and 3 Bossy’s ( god forbid that name) who can snipe like HOF’ers to work….then Hank should simply refuse to play any more because if the owners dont care…how can you expect the best player to.

  5. Andy says:

    You have to look on the bright side of things. As much as losing sucks it is forcing management in to doing what is needed and selling. If you don’t make the play offs the lower you go the better. We could fall as lose as 5 here, Hard to see us fall below Arizona, Buffalo and Ottawa but we will be in good draft positioning. And in reality that is the most important thing this team is facing is getting good returns for their assets and improving them self at the draft. I believe AV will be gone but what’s the point in firing him now? So Lindy Ruff can take over? We’re riddled with injuries. This is not our season. And in a rebuild AV is definitely not your guy. So here’s praying we can somehow get Dahlin ion the draft…

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      They haven’t sold yet ! … you get rid of McD and then we have nobody that plays any kinda D or u keep him and eat salary … no winning that one in short time.

  6. Brendan says:

    That was painful to watch, even with this roster. I live and die with the Rangers… through the ups and these downs… ironically I’m excited to see what comes from the looming trades, despite this wash of a season.

  7. Hatrick Swayze says:

    Let’s try to look at some positives.

    1) I’m enjoying DeAngelo in a Ranger uniform. Still very unpolished but he’s got some confidence and swag with the puck that is refreshing. He skated 18 minutes last night which certainly beats the 12 I was expecting him to skate. If anything, the organization is using this debacle of a season to see what they have in him.

    2) Nick Holden’s career as a Ranger should be coming to an end. Either in the next couple weeks (if we’re lucky) or the next couple months. Between already having an immobile Staal and an under-performing Smith (what happened there??) on the blueline, I’m ready to see him go.

    • Ray says:

      I hate DeAngelo personally and don’t criticize AV for playing veterans and even I agree with you.

      Holden’s over the glass penalty was classic bad hockey. Instead of clearing the zone, he kept backing up and boxed himself into the corner, then his desperation clear was a penalty. OTOH, DeAngelo’s penalty, which led to the tying goal was just a hockey play near the goal, felt bad for the kid as that Dallas possession began with a rush that DeAngelo played beautifully.

      Incidentally, I thought Kampfer played well.

      • Peter says:

        Ray, DeAngelo has been conducting himself well since he returned to NY. He has also been making a real effort to be responsible in the defensive zone. Give the kid a break already, I am hoping that he fulfills his potential and matures too. I hate seeing talented players washout, even jerks! 🙂

        • Ray says:

          My comment was certainly supportive of his game yesterday. And as far as his behavioral and attitude issues go, I have heard nothing since he joined the Ranger organization, which seems like a good thing.

          People can change and I’m thrilled if he is no longer a jerk. Unlike you however, in the hypothetical case where he continued to be a jerk, I would be rooting for washout. I don’t want truly bad people to succeed even if they are on my team.

          Again though, at this point character-wise, he may deserve the benefit of the doubt.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Do people know DeAngelo personally? Because people talk about him like they personally know him.

        He’s probably just another young man that says stupid things. And it makes me laugh that people, who have probably done and said dumb things in their young and old lives also, love to pile on this kid like they’ve spent a large amount of time with him.

        Didn’t mean to pick you out Raymond but you opened the door with your post.

        • Ray says:

          among other things, laying his hands on a referee. So it is not all talk — and this is not about saying stupid things. It is about saying offensive things – and that’s not the same thing as saying stupid things.

          No, I have not done any such stuff – and I hope the same is true for most people here.

          I do not have to know someone personally to judge him. In fact, for truly evil people, personal knowledge is more often a hindrance.

          I have little doubt that DeAngelo was a person the world would have been better off without when he was younger. I do not have any recent information and it is certainly true that some people do change, especially young ones. I hope he has.

          JFTR, I considered Ulf Samuelson to be a despicable human being during his playing career because he intentionally tried to hurt people and his joining the Rangers didn’t stop me from wishing him ill.


          Finally, did you or anyone else who thumbs downed my comment actually read it. I praised DeAngelo’s play, excused his penalty, and said I felt sorry for him.

          • Richter1994 says:

            I do not do thumbs down, period.

            I don’t condone any of the things the kid allegedly did, at all. I’m just saying that if the barometer for killing people is doing dumb things then very few would be spared.

            Glad to hear you’re absolved from criticism.

        • Ray says:

          Richter, on a completely separate note, did you know that Cam Talbot, who is “hurt more than he plays”, has started three more games than Lundqvist over the last 2-1/2 years. And that’s even with getting benched for a stretch. Plus, while he played less than Hank while a Ranger, he didn’t miss games due to injury while Hank was out for a stretch. [So it’s a wonder Hank gets in enough games that people even remember him.]

          Cam Talbot has struggled this season and is playing below Hank’s absolute bottom. Lundqvist > Talbot

          But that doesn’t mean you can just make up stuff and say anything you want.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Actually, I can say whatever I want.

            This year, games played:

            Henrik 45
            Talbot 40

            And what’s the age difference? Not to mention that Talbot’s game is already declining after 2 years as a starter.

            Please, the insinuation that Talbot or the great Raanta is in the same class as Henrik, even at his advanced age, is an insult.

  8. Bloomer says:

    Dallas had their share of defensive breakdowns and Bishop also had to come up with some big saves. He stopped 31 of 32 Ranger shots. This game wasn’t as one sided as the fancy stats display. Most of the Stars shots and one of their goals came on the man advantage.

    However, the Rangers defencemen are not strong along the boards and Dallas had no problem establishing the cycle game. The Ranger counter with their quick fast break which results in a one and done offence as the puck is quickly turn over.

    The Rangers are not a team that should be playing firewagon hockey.

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Oh no you didn’t say there was another goalie there … He made a few tough saves , most shots were clear saves and some good rebound control
      Main problem was lack of effort for loose pucks and yeah Holden really sux

  9. Andy says:

    I know things suck. Any chance you guys can do a story on the draft prospects? Maybe top 10? I have been looking at stuff, but I appreciate your views on that subject.

  10. James Carr says:

    Roster can’t sustain injuries to Krieder buch staal shattenkirk and vesey…

  11. Ray says:

    What really killed the Rangers was their inability to generate enough chances and put the puck in the net. The defense looked bad, but in some ways it is designed to offer lots of opportunities to the opponent, but give Hank maximum control over the situation. Frankly, when Hank is at the very top of his game (and he absolutely was last night), the opponents are lucky to get two goals even in a game like last night’s.

    Of course, if Hank isn’t razor sharp, it can get ugly.

    I don’t just care about highlight reel saves. I am interested in the whole game, rebounds, playing the puck, etc. Maybe I missed something, but I didn’t see anything Hank did wrong the entire game – well, not scoring I guess.

    • craig says:

      What you said Ray is par for the course with the Rangers just about every game this year and most of the past years, even when they are healthy. They for the most part, can’t finish a play or put the puck in the net (lack of enough highly skilled players), They have a lack of chemistry and physicality, and without Hank bailing them out night after night, they usually lose. O, I forgot their wonderful steady defense. Can’t wait to see changes!