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Category: Game Wrap-ups

Rangers win snooze-fest in Edmonton

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson

Last night’s game was an absolute snooze-fest. The Rangers came in knowing they were playing a bad team, and the Oilers came in just like the bad team they are. The teams combined for just 38 shots on goal, which was probably less than the number of icings we saw in this game. Neither team came prepared to play, there were turnovers galore, no forecheck, no sense of urgency, and no real passion from either team.

Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves, most from the outside, en route to his fifth shutout of the year. Kevin Hayes was extremely noticeable in a good way, showing that his development has come a long way since the beginning of the year. There’s really not much else to say about this game though.

On to the goals:

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Rangers roll through Canucks with offensive outburst

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers started off their western road trip with an incredibly convincing 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks last night.  The Rangers blitzed the Canucks for five straight goals, including the first three of the game in a four-minute span. The Canucks gave the Rangers way too much room int he neutral zone, and the Rangers took every inch of ice given to them, gaining a boatload of carry-in zone entries.

The Rangers constantly turned that neutral zone open ice into odd-man rushes and goals, with the Canucks defense also picking inopportune times to pinch, resulting in more odd-man rushes. Give the Rangers credit, they capitalized on almost all of their prime opportunities, which ended this game very quickly.

Sorry this part of the post is light, but I’m starting to get delirious. On to the goals:

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Rangers blow another two goal lead, come out with victory in OT (Goal breakdown now with GIFs!)

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers sure are a weird team. They put up a giant oh-fer against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but in three games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they are 2-0-1 and were almost 3-0. This is a team that blew another two goal lead, but didn’t let it get to them as Kevin Klein –again– was able win it in overtime for the good guys, sending Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin home, wondering how they are 1-5-1 in their last 7 against the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, Dominic Moore contributed two assists, and eight other Rangers contributed with points in the victory. While the victory was big, the fact that they blew another two goal lead –for the second night in a row– is somewhat alarming. But you know what, I’ll take points in the standings, and work out the kinks as we keep moving along.

On to the goals:

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Rangers blow 2-0 lead, fall to Red Wings

Sorry folks, no goal breakdown from last night’s game. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game. So, use this to discuss the game, the “two lazy backchecks” that AlainVigneault called out in the second period, the awful 5-on-3 (or 5-on-2 1/2, since one player didn’t have a stick).

Again, sorry about that.

Shaky defense gifts third straight loss to Tampa Bay

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The New York Rangers played some pretty shaky defense against a very talented Tampa Bay Lightning team, and it cost them dearly. Three straight gaffes cost them three straight goals, and an empty netter sealed the deal as the Lightning swept the season series with the 6-3 win. For some inexplicable reason, people were blaming Henrik Lundqvist for the loss, but as we get into the goal breakdown, you’ll see why that’s pretty silly.

The Rangers did what I asked them to do, which was shut down Ryan Callahan. Too bad they let Tyler Johnson (2-1-3), Brett Connolly (2-0-2), and Victor Hedman (0-3-3) run over them all night long. That Tampa Bay team is deep, talented, and solid in all three zones. They are scary good. That said, this was a game the Rangers could have won, had they played defense.

On to the goals:

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Three third period goals lifts Rangers over Flyers

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Rangers scored four straight goals, including three in the third period, en route to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The win gives the Rangers a 3-0 record against the Flyers so far this season. The win also puts a lot of distance between the Rangers and Flyers in the standings (seven points) and in the tiebreaker, as the Rangers now own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves, but 12 of them came in the third period as the Rangers took and preserved the lead. Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist, as the new fourth line (with Dominic Moore) put on a clinic. Derick Brassard scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game winner, and Kevin Klein contributed a pair of assists to continue his offensive streak.

On to the goals (no pictures, sorry):

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Rangers blank Flyers to start the back-to-back series

Cam kisses are becoming the norm

Cam kisses are becoming the norm

The Rangers played the Thanksgiving Classic on a national broadcast yesterday as the first of their back-to-back afternoon home and home games against the Flyers. The national broadcast was on NBC, so we got the opportunity to listen to some fine pre- and postgame analysis from the Milbury-Jones outstanding duo. How lucky.

From 1pm unti the puck dropped around 1:20, the analysis focused on Henrik Lundqvist’s “not king-like” season, which apparently is why Cam Talbot started yesterday. I guess it has nothing to do with back-to-back games, but I’m not sure. Some things to actually note about this game are that Tanner Glass was out with the flu and Ryan McDonagh is back from his injury.

On to some points..

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Rangers blank Habs, make it six straight shutout periods

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers followed up their strong performance and shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers with another well played shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. Unlike the game against Philly, this game was never in doubt. The defense was very solid again, with Henrik Lundqvist only needing to make 21 saves to preserve the shutout against a very hot Habs team.

Martin St. Louis was a wizard in this game, notching a goal and an assist. On the goal, MSL pick pocketed Alexei Emelin. For the assist, MSL gave a backhanded feed to Derek Stepan, one that we are still trying to figure out how he made that pass. Also kudos to Kevin Klein, who dropped the mitts with Brandon Prust after he ran Hank (although Prust did try to stop).

On to the goals:

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Rangers defense shows up, Talbot blanks Flyers

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The New York Rangers defense played an excellent game last night, doing a good job of keeping the Philadelphia Flyers to the outside for 31 chances –all stopped by Cam Talbot– en route to a 2-0 blanking on national television. Talbot was also excellent, stopping 13 of those 31 in the third period to preserve the 2-0 lead. The effort last night was a complete 180 from Tuesday’s against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and if not for Steve Mason, this would have been a lot better than 2-0.

Kevin Klein continued his usual scoring ways, notching the eventual game winner in the first period after a blown coverage by Wayne Simmonds. Rick Nash gave the Rangers a cushion on the powerplay, putting home an easy goal after a pretty sweet passing play with Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis. Dominic Moore, who won’t show up on the scoreboard, was sensational as well.

On to the goals:

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Effort lacking as Rangers blown out by Callahan, Lightning

Ryan Callahan made his return known to the Rangers, potting two goals –including the eventual game winner– as the Tampa Bay Lightning blew out the New York Rangers 5-1. This game could have been a lot worse, as I can count at least two other opportunities where Henrik Lundqvist came up huge, including once in the second that kept the game at 2-1. I know that you guys are expecting a goal breakdown, but I was at the game, and didn’t get home until 10:30. I do have a full time job that I need to be awake for, and bullet points are significantly quicker than goal breakdowns. So here we go:

  • The Rangers really didn’t show much last night. They looked sluggish, were getting beat to every loose puck, getting outmuscled in the corners, shying away from contact and from body checks. No one covered the slot, bad turnovers, minimal forecheck, terrible defense. This team really hung Hank out to dry.
  • That said, Tampa Bay is really good. They shut down the zone entries. They forced turnovers. They neutralized the Rangers speed by cutting off passing lanes and forcing the play to the outside. They got in shooting lanes. This is a very balanced team playing without its best defenseman (Victor Hedman). There’s a reason why we all went “oh crap” when we saw the moves they made.
  • On the second Cally goal, the defense was nowhere to be found. Marc Staal and Dan Girardi were behind the net, despite only one Lightning player (Steven Stamkos) in that area.

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