Zuccarello sends Rangers home happy in Brooklyn

The Rangers may be terrible, but at least they did give the Islanders fits this season, ending the four game set with the Isles with a 2-2 split. Yesterday afternoon’s final game was not as exciting as the one before. It didn’t have the same amount of action. But it did have the drama, with Mats Zuccarello deflecting the deciding goal off his skate with five minutes remaining in the third to secure the win.

The win may not have helped #TheVision, but it was nice to see the Isles lose. Alex Georgiev improved to 2-0 against the Islanders this year, with the 5-0 drubbing earlier this year being his first career shutout. The game wasn’t completely dominated late by the Rangers like Thursday’s contest, but this one did result in a win.

Isles 1, Rangers 0

I don’t understand how someone can be this open down low. Anthony Beauvillier has enough time to take the pass, spin, and move around Georgiev. Unreal.

Rangers 1, Isles 1

Boo Nieves made a great read to force the turnover. Then he drew the defenders to him before dishing to Filip Chytil on a great pass. Chytil is a finisher, and that’s what he did.

Rangers 2, Isles 1

Zuccarello’s deflection off his skate was done purposefully, even if the route the puck takes to the net is flukey. This may be the last great memory we have of Zuccarello in a Rangers uniform, so let’s enjoy it.

Shot Heatmap

This game was significantly closer in terms of overall possession, with the Rangers finally getting sustained pressure in front. However they also gave up the majority of the Isles chances in front. I guess that’s expected nowadays.

The Rangers don’t have much time to celebrate their first win of the 2019 calendar year, as they host Columbus tonight at MSG. The Blueshirts have played at least every other night this month, with this back-to-back. That’s a lot of hockey, but they will have nine days off after next weekend.

12 thoughts on “Zuccarello sends Rangers home happy in Brooklyn

  • Jan 13, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Nothing like a little bit of luck on Zucc’s goal!!!!!!!!!

    • Jan 13, 2019 at 10:25 am
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      depends how you define luck. a bounce that probably cost one spot in lotto odds?

      • Jan 13, 2019 at 11:50 am
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        The chance of getting the #1 pick, even if the team finishes dead last, is only 18.5%. Even if they finish in the bottom 3, it’s still only 43.5%, less than even money. And, don’t forget, not only is there no guarantee they get the #1 pick, they could lose ground, as well. They could end up dead last and still end up with the 15th pick. THAT would really suck, wouldn’t it?

        • Jan 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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          That lottery should be held live …. simple. Last place team gets 15 balls , 2nd to last place gets 14 and so on down the line. Make the drawing live , team get their pick the balls come out. That behind the door crap and their way of doing it is junk. Most like if the Rangers finish last they will still find a way to give the #1 pick to another market.

          • Jan 13, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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            The Rangers’ ping pong balls have a layer of led paint on them. Compliments of Gary Bettman.

            • Jan 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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              Gary, you hit the thumbs down on my post? lol

        • Jan 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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          Haha that’s not how the draft lottery works. No team can fall more than three positions from where it finishes. I.e. Last place team will pick no worse than 4th, 8th to last place team no worse than 11th,etc.

  • Jan 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    Another competitive game, no complaints.

    Georgiev making a real case for himself with his play. I like him a lot.

    • Jan 13, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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      Competitive I suppose – looked a bit like rope a dope….

      Goergiev looked very good – Are we gonna have another year where the team sucks in front of Hank and plays well with the back-up is in the net? If so – let’s Tank with Hank 🙂

      And then there is Staal….

      • Jan 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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        Staal has a NMC and evidently a lifetime contract like Sather does.

        I mean, I feel bad that injuries ruined his career but enough is enough. Smith may be the buyout next year, not Staal.

  • Jan 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    How wasn’t Georgiev the 1st star from last night?

  • Jan 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Georgiev is a real good prospect in goal. With the busy stretch the Rangers have coming up prior to the bye week, I would hope that he gets a lot of work. He needs to play regularly.

    Good grief, I sound like an endless loop these days!

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