Category: Game Wrap-ups

Lundqvist’s 300th win solidifies second place

The Rangers came home early Sunday afternoon looking to build on their win in Carolina on Friday. With an original six team in the building, the Rangers forgot about the struggle of daylight savings and worked towards a streak. Rangers who have been relatively silent woke up to produce, and we saw yet another goal based off of the hard work of the fourth line. Having been at the game, I’m not able to give a Dave-like goal breakdown, but let’s go over some of the main points of the game.

- The first goal was certainly not pretty, with John Moore breaking his stick and Boyle using his body in the front area of the net. Moore’s pass found its way to Boyle, whose wrist shot beat Howard. The goal was an effect of physical play.

- The Rangers had the edge in the first period, despite a bit of sloppy play by both teams that we can only assume is due to the (feels like) 11:30am start time. Unfortunately, the game looked like both teams were exhausted, probably fueled by the silence in the stands. The Rangers won 3-0, but it felt like a snoozefest.

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Four goal third propels Rangers to victory

Photo: ESPN

Photo: ESPN

The Rangers came into last night’s game on a three game losing streak and in desperate need of two points. They did just that by scoring four times in the third period, erasing a pair of one-goal deficits in the process. New York peppered Anton Khudobin with 44 shots, finally solving him in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, and the two goals were shots in which Hank had no chance.

Martin St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger, assisting on Derek Stepan’s powerplay game winner. The defense didn’t allow the Canes to register a single Fenwick event after gaining a 3-2 lead, which is a very impressive feat. Another impressive feat: With the shorthanded goal tonight, the Rangers scored three straight shorties in the past two games.

On to the goals:

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Rangers fight to force OT, but lose to Maple Leafs

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Rangers showed some guts last night, scoring a pair of third period short handed goals to force overtime in a game where they definitely came out a little flat following the Ryan Callahan trade. The pair of non-penalty shot goals given up were due to blown coverages though, and those are things the Rangers have avoided during their January/February run.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 Ranger shots, and before everyone throws the backup moniker at him, let’s remember he has a .925 SV% this year. The Rangers didn’t play poorly, but they had a few lapses that cost them the game. They also took four penalties (one penalty shot), which didn’t help matters for a team that needed two points. The Rangers are still oh-for-March.

On to the goals (no pictures today, sorry about that):

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Rangers sloppy in loss to Flyers

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers came into Philly hoping to get a five point cushion on second place in the Metro Division, but showed up playing sloppy hockey from start to finish. Philly is a very beatable team, and the Rangers could have really put the pressure on early with two powerplay opportunities. Once they missed on those, two defensive miscues put them down a pair, and the Rangers were playing catchup for the rest of the game.

The Flyers deserve a lot of credit in this game. They won the neutral zone battle, they forced the Rangers into a lot of turnovers, and Steve Mason was very, very strong. They took advantage of Rangers team that was not entirely there.

On to the goals:

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Rangers 2, Blackhawks 1: Postgame thoughts

Cam Talbot narrowly missed a shutout

- This was a pretty impressive victory considering: 1) the Rangers played without their best forward 2) started their backup goalie 4) are facing plenty of distractions 4) were returning from a long Olympic break and 5) were up against the defending Stanley Cup champions. But New York pulled out a 2-1 win to improve to 2-0-0 against Chicago this season. Better still, the Blueshirts have held the league’s best offense to just three goals in two games.

- Though Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot were missing their usual linemate, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller filled in nicely and the third line played a very strong game. Brassard extended his point streak to seven games with the game’s first goal and Pouliot was great on the board all night. Miller’s tremendous forecheck led to Brassard’s goal after he amazingly picked Jonathan Toews’ pocket. Miller was very engaged all night and played easily his best game of the season.

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Quick shootout win wrap up, plus some other tidbits from yesterday’s deadline

I apologize for no goal breakdown today. After a long day of traveling, I just crashed as soon as I got home. I have a long day today as well, so I made the executive decision to get some rest instead of staying up another two hours to do the breakdown. I have a feeling you guys will survive though. Anyway, here are some quick thoughts from the box score and highlights of the game, with some other notes from yesterday’s Olympics roster freeze deadline:

  • Good times find a way to win. The Rangers found a way to win. That’s good.
  • The Rangers the best powerplay in the league multiple chances to convert. The Pens converted on their first two opportunities. You can’t take lazy stick penalties against this team. They will burn you for it each and every time.
  • After a few games in a row where the powerplay failed to convert, good to see they put two behind Marc-Andre Fleury. The Rangers are a top possession team at even strength. If the powerplay is converting, they will be able to win games.
  • Don’t let the final score fool you: The Rangers dominated the Pens this game (60% Corsi, 64% Fenwick at even strength). They also dominated the game in close situations (61% Corsi, 64.5% Fenwick). Those are numbers you want to see against the best team in the East.

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Goal breakdown: Rangers vs. Oilers

So close

So close

Although the Rangers won the puck possession game with 60 even strength Corsi events (shots+missed shots+attempts blocked) to Edmonton’s 46, they just couldn’t find a way to win. The Rangers also had way too many giveaways — 15 to be exact — to a team they should have had a better time managing the puck against.

On the positive side, Captain Callahan had another solid game with 8 hits, 2 blocked shots and several grade A chances, including a breakaway that just wouldn’t go. I know, I’m starting to sound like Doc.

And a shotttttttttttt!

Anyway, on to the goals:

Rangers 0, Oilers 1

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Quick post game wrap: Pure domination

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

I’m traveling for work, so I wasn’t able to watch the game in its entirety last night. I caught the highlights and was able to view the in-game stats though. All I saw was pure Rangers domination. Suit said this on Twitter, but the Rangers and the Avs play very similar styles (e.g., man-on-man D, solid transitional game, etc). The difference last night was that the Rangers executed, and the Avs did not. Some other quick points:

  • In the pregame, I noted that the Avs have been riding high SH% and SV% while not maintaining puck possession. They really are a statistical anomaly. Their inability to maintain puck possession worked in the Rangers favor last night. The Avs will make the playoffs, but that’s mostly because Minnesota, Nashville, Dallas, and Winnipeg are not good teams.
  • Ryan Callahan’s 82 game pace: 22-27-49. Still has a shot at 20 this year, needing 9 goals in the final 25 games. Tough, but doable. His two goals last night just cemented the general consensus: Teams in the thick of it do not trade their captain. Also, his line from last night was absurd: 2-1-3, +3, 6 SOG, 1 BS, 7 hits.

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Rangers win third in a row with win over Fishsticks

Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

Apologies for two things on this breakdown. First, the tardiness. Second, my DVR (seriously, I need a new one) didn’t record the full game due to the Sam Rosen ceremony. I set the DVR to record until an hour after the game, but it didn’t. I only got the first three goals, so the last Ranger goal –not including the empty netter– didn’t record.

Anyway, the Rangers ended January with a 4-1 win over the Isles, capping a 10-4-1 January that catapulted them into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant, stopping 38 shots and really keeping the Rangers in the game until they generated enough offense to pull away. The scoring was balanced, with three different lines and a defenseman getting the goals and nine different Rangers registering points. It was a game that the Rangers needed to whether the second period storm that came from the Isles, but they did and came away with the two points.

On to the goals:

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Ranger sweep Yankee Stadium games with 2-1 win over Isles

Photo by LI-Aerial/Getty Images

Photo by LI-Aerial/Getty Images

The Rangers came into this game fresh off their Sunday afternoon 7-3 win in this, the most hallowed of baseball grounds. Unfazed, the Rangers came into this game in need of two more points. They came out sloppy (both teams), and didn’t find their legs until the third period, but they eventually put it all together for a big win in this “road” game. And for the second time in three outdoor games, it was a fourth line “fighter” that provided the offense needed to propel the team to victory.

Henrik Lundqvist was instrumental in the win, stopping 24 shots in the first two periods to keep the game scoreless (and then tied). Evgeni Nabokov was equal to the task, stopping 19 shots in the first two periods. Hank would finish with 30 saves. Nabokov would wind up with 32 saves.

On to the goals:

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