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The Rangers were not at their finest last night, struggling to keep up with a Buffalo Sabres team that had the entire team –including Henrik Lundqvist– chasing the puck. Lundqvist had the eye-opener first goal, which seemed to affect his confidence as he was consistently out of position for the rest of the game. It wasn’t just Hank, as the Rangers were running around their own zone most of this game.

Just when you thought the Rangers might win this game, the Sabres’ continued dominance eventually broke through in the third. Down one, and with Hank having a strong period to that point, Jack Eichel put up a pair of goals (both of questionable strength) to give the Sabres the lead. In all fairness, Hank –who had a weak game– had been preserving the lead almost singlehandedly until that point.

This was not a good game by the Rangers. Every single player on the ice was sloppy. They couldn’t sustain offensive pressure. They couldn’t play defense at all. The goaltending was off. Just a giant egg from every single player.

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Nov
30

Rangers eke out a win against Carolina

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The Rangers beat the Hurricanes last night in a win that could be described in a few words – bizarre, ugly, concerning – but no matter what, a win is a win. This was a win the Rangers needed to turn around from the slight slump the top-scoring offense in the NHL needed, however strange and ugly that win may be.

Let’s take a period-by-period look at this game in bulleted form:

  • Carolina opened the game with a ton of pressure, consistently swarming the Rangers when they’d make it to the offensive zone and forcing turnovers.
  • Once trapped in their own zone, the Rangers main move was to attempt to chip the puck out to the neutral zone. When this worked, all it did was come right back in.

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The Rangers have had a poor stretch of games lately, and while they haven’t lost all of them, the continued poor play is a cause for concern. It seems to have come to a head last night, as the Rangers played poorly and were blanked by a tired Ottawa Senators team. The defense certainly failed with a bunch of miscues, but the offense couldn’t get anything going until the third period either.

Craig Anderson had one of the easier shutouts he’s ever had, as the Rangers failed to sustain any consistent pressure throughout. Couple that with the aforementioned defensive miscues, and the Rangers were doomed to a mediocre game. It wasn’t until the second half of the third, when Ottawa started to shell, that the chances started flowing. Too little, too late.

It’s clear the Rangers miss Mika Zibanejad on the powerplay. They won’t get much done with five lefties on the man-advantage. Also, it’s clear the Rangers have a lot of trouble when teams clog the neutral zone.

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matt puempel

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Henrik Lundqvist showed why he’s still the best goalie in the world, standing on his head and allowing just one flukey goal and one teammate-deflection goal as he carried the Rangers to a 3-2 win. The Rangers didn’t generate much sustained offense in this game, but did a good job capitalizing on turnovers to turn those into quick strike goals. It wasn’t the best showing, but a win is a win. After the debacle on Wednesday, you take the two points.

The defense struggled a lot, leaving slot men open almost regularly and forcing Lundqvist to make point blank saves. The forwards were having trouble sustaining offensive pressure as well. But Matt Puempel got his first goal as a Ranger on a goal that also marked Josh Jooris’ first assist as a Ranger. So that was cool.

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It’s been a few games since I’ve written one of these and made gifs. So….hooray I’m back!

The Rangers came out last night in Pittsburgh very sluggish, spotting the Penguins a quick two-goal lead while playing sloppy hockey. But the second period, which has been their favorite period, proved to be the difference again. The Rangers scored three times in the second, from three different goal scorers to take the lead for good. A fourth goal was added in the third (and a fifth into the empty net) as the Rangers continued to press for insurance.

This was a much better overall game than we’ve seen in games past, and a great character win for a team that needed to right the ship. They were sloppy early, they tightened it up in the second, and then let the offensive juices flow. Antti Raanta was shaky early too, but was much better after a weak goal. He outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury, with both goalies making some solid saves.

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Nov
21

Zibanejad injured in Rangers OT Loss

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"but why do they always boo?"

“but why do they always boo?”

The Rangers game last night was chock full of choppy ice and sloppy play. The Florida Panthers came to New York after beating Ottawa Saturday night to a rested Rangers squad. There were messy goals, homecomings, and a brutal injury to Mika Zibanejad all in the first overtime game all year. Let’s dive in:

  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello played out of their minds. They’re all animals this year and thank the hockey gods.
  • I’m saying this despite Hayes taking the most Hayes penalty of all time, basically clotheslining James Reimer accidentally because he couldn’t quite stop in front of the net.

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sleep-meme

These western trips are killer. I didn’t watch the game at all last night. So here’s a Twitter breakdown of the game. I’ll get to some of tonight’s game, and maybe some of Tuesday’s. No promises though.

No. No I’m not. Fine. I’ll go shave.

 

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jt miller

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The run of wins and goals was bound to end, but many didn’t expect to end like this. The Rangers laid an egg against a terrible Vancouver team, giving up five goals to a team that managed to get shutout four times in five games a week prior. The Rangers were slow and possibly fatigued, as they seemed to play down to their opponent all night. A strong effort by Jacob Markstrom helped doom the Rangers to their first real clunker of the season.

But on the humorous side, even with a loss the Rangers got three goals, so Papa John’s is inching closer to going broke. Rick Nash got his 400th goal as well, so there’s that. The Rangers have three days off now before their Western Canada road trip, so I’d expect them to regroup and be rested for that run. Losses happen, even ugly ones.

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My apologies for a lack of a goal breakdown for last night’s game. Saturday night games are pretty tough, as I –believe it or not– do have a social life. With Becky in Boston running the Snapchat (snap: Blueseatblogs) and Pat indisposed, that meant there would be no breakdown or recap. So when that happens, I turn to you, oh Twitter faithful, to see what you thought of the game.

Ominous foreshadowing, or sly prediction?

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kevin hayes

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The Rangers and Oilers battled hard last night, but it was a three goal third by the Rangers that propelled them to victory. Down 3-2 late in the third, Brady Skjei, Rick Nash, and J.T. Miller all scored to give the Rangers a 5-3 win. Scoring depth reigned supreme for the Rangers again, as five different players scored. But it was the third line of Miller, Kevin Hayes, and Michael Grabner that shined with seven combined points.

Henrik Lundqvist made big saves when he needed to, ensuring the Ranger were in striking distance all game despite giving up some great chances. Skjei shined as well, with another strong game and some timely defensive plays. This wasn’t the dominating effort we’ve seen for the past few games, but it was still a solid win over a red hot Edmonton team.

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