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Category: Game Wrap-ups

Rangers can’t solve Mason, Flyers tie series

Stupid live boards (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Stupid live boards (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The Rangers can’t seem to get a two game lead in a playoff series lately. This time around Steve Mason made 37 saves, many of them pretty spectacular, on 38 shots to give the Flyers a 2-1 win and a series tie heading back to New York. There really isn’t much else to say on this one: Steve Mason was the difference maker in this game, although the Flyers did cash in on a pair of defensive miscues for their two goals.

The Rangers were all over the Flyers in the first period, using their superior speed to skate right past the slow Flyers defensemen and create opportunities. The Flyers adjusted after the first period, and it was then when the ice started to tilt a bit more towards even. By the end of the game the Flyers knew where every breakout pass was going to be. They also stood up at the blue line, forcing the Rangers to dump-and-chase, playing to Mason’s strengths as a puck handler.

On to the goals:

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Rangers take 2-1 series lead on Lundqvist’s 31 saves

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Rangers followed up their dud in Game Two with a convincing 4-1 win in Philly last night to take a 2-1 series lead. The win was a complete team effort with great goaltending, solid defense, and balanced offense. But don’t be fooled by the score, Philly controlled most of this game, generating a 65.2% Corsi advantage for the game (score effects). Good teams find ways to win games in which they are dominated, and the Rangers did just that by taking advantage of some terrible goaltending.

Martin St. Louis (1-1-2), Dan Girardi (1-1-2), and Rick Nash (0-2-2) all had multi-point games. Dan Carcillo played the best game I’ve ever seen him play in his entire career. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves, including some very difficult saves late.

On to the goals:

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Rangers blow 2-0 lead, Flyers even series

This was a really bad play. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

This was a really bad play. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The Rangers got out to a quick start yesterday afternoon, quickly nabbing a two goal lead early in the first period. But it was the Flyers who took advantage of three Ranger defensive miscues to eventually win the game by a score of 4-2. Ray Emery kept the Flyers in it, making 31 saves on 33 shots, but it was two blown coverages and a flat-footed defenseman that eventually cost the Rangers a chance at a 2-0 series lead.

Before the Flyers took the 3-2 lead, the game was pretty evenly matched in terms of puck possession. The Rangers held a lead just 1 Fenwick event in the game when Luke Schenn scored the eventual game winner. After that, the Flyers sat back a bit, and the Rangers poured it on, but couldn’t solve Emery. It certainly wasn’t the strongest game the Rangers have played, but that’s why it’s a seven game series.

On to the goals:

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Rangers take Game One over Flyers with dominating performance

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and the Rangers drew first blood. New York scored three goals in the third period en route to their 4-1 win at MSG. Brad Richards had a fantastic night, notching a goal and two assists. Martin St. Louis had two assists. Carl Hagelin scored a goal and drew a four-minute high sticking penalty that the Rangers scored twice on. The fourth line did their thing, playing solid defense and stifling Claude Giroux and the high-powered Flyers offense.

Henrik Lundqvist was forced to make only 14 saves, with just one of those coming in the third period. The Rangers absolutely dominated the game, and Hank just had to sit back and make the saves when he had to. If the Rangers continue to play like this, it will be a short series.

On to the goals:

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Goal breakdown (sorta): Rangers/Canadiens

This is going to be a brutally honest post: I did not watch the game last night. I had another commitment, but I DVR’d the game to do the goal breakdown this morning. Alas, there were no goals scored at all that were worth breaking down. And by that, I mean I’m not breaking down a penalty shot. I saw the replay, was the right call on the play. So, there is no real point of a goal breakdown today. The game was meaningless, and the first time since the end of the 2011-2012 regular season the Rangers have played a meaningless game.

So, the Rangers have clinched the #2 seed, and will play the Flyers in the opening round. Game 1 is on Thursday, giving the Rangers four more days of rest before the playoffs. Time of the game is TBD, but we can assume that since Game 1 is Thursday, Game 2 will be Saturday, Game 3 Monday, etc.

It’s the first nice weekend we’ve had here in New York since…October? Something like that. Go out, enjoy. Use this as your open thread for the day. Talk about whatever, but keep it civil.

Rangers clinch #2 seed in Metro with win, Flyers loss

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers will have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs, as the combination of their 2-1 win over Buffalo and Philly’s 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay sealed the deal for the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Division.  It took a while to solve fourth string goalie Matt Hackett, who played a great game, but the Rangers were able to crack him twice. Hackett finished the game with 28 saves. Across the ice, Henrik Lundqvist was the main reason why the Rangers won the game, making 23 pretty difficult saves for his 33rd win of the season.

The Rangers came out slow –again– in the first period, allowing a bad Buffalo team to walk all over them. But the Rangers absolutely dominated the second period, to the tune of an 18-2 Fenwick advantage at even strength. They got the tying goal with seconds left in the period, and got the winner with under two minutes to go in the game. It wasn’t pretty, but they got the big two points and the home-ice.

On to the goals:

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Rangers inch closer to home ice with win over Carolina

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Rangers gained ground on both Columbus and Philly last night, beating Carolina by a score of 4-1. The Rangers came out a bit soft against the Canes, a bit of a repeat of their last matchup, but collected themselves and scored four straight en route to the victory. With the win, the Rangers have moved closer to clinching a non-wild card spot, as the magic number is now down to two. The magic number to clinch home ice against the Flyers in the first round is down to four.

The big guns for the Rangers showed up last night. Martin St. Louis had three assists, Brad Richards had two goals, and Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist. Even Rick Nash, who was held off the scoreboard, had some good looks, but couldn’t finish. But when the others are scoring, Nash just needs to draw the attention of the defense. He did that, and the Rangers took advantage.

On to the goals:

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Rangers can’t clinch, fall to Ottawa

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers blew a golden opportunity to clinch a playoff spot last night, falling to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3-2. Robin Lehner was the difference maker for the Sens, stopping 41 shots, including seven shot attempts in the final three minutes to keep the Rangers from getting that nice “X” next to their name in the standings. Lehner was the difference, but a slow start by the Rangers put them in a 2-0 hole at the end of the first.

Mats Zuccarello, or “The Magician,” as Joe wants to call him, kept the game interesting with two deflection goals in the second, but the Rangers couldn’t solve Lehner or a Sens team that has some defensive problems. Alain Vigneault mentioned there is sometimes a let down after returning from a western road trip. The Rangers sure did open the game in a manner that let themselves down.

On to the goals:

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Rangers blow late lead, fall in shootout to Avs

I thought this was a cool picture (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

I thought this was a cool picture (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Rangers gave up a one-goal lead with less than a minute remaining in regulation before losing in the shootout by a score of 3-2. Colorado coach Patrick Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov with two minutes left,  and the gamble paid off as the Avs. The Rangers played a very strong game for the first 43 minutes of the game, but they also played a bit of a prevent defense in the third period, registering just three shot attempts in the final 17 minutes of the third period.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 Colorado shots, including 15 in the third period as the Avs tried to tie the game. He couldn’t stop them all, and got zero offensive support once the Avs tilted the ice in their favor in the third period. But hey, they got a point, and that’s all that matters.

On to the goals:

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St. Louis notches first as a Ranger as Vigneault wins in return to Vancouver

Finally! (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Finally! (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alain Vigneault got the best of his old club in his return to Vancouver, as the Rangers topped the Canucks 3-1 last night.  The Rangers, who led 2-0 after the first, were pretty lucky to have leads after the first and the second. The Canucks really dominated the puck possession game, but Henrik Lundqvist was unbelievable in net, again, and really gave the Rangers the opportunity to win.

It’s late, so I’m keeping the non-goal breakdown stuff to a minimum. On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Canucks 0

Brian Boyle won the neutral zone face off cleanly back to Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh gained the zone and fired the puck off the boards, where it took a weird carom. Eddie Lack whiffed on it, allowing there to be a scramble in front. Lack was never able to freeze the puck, and Dan Carcillo was able to bang it home. There’s no picture on this goal, as all attempts came out really blurry.

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