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I went to bed before the second period started last night, so there won’t be a full goal breakdown. My apologies on that. But just because I went to bed, it doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun with a post this morning. Let’s go through some pros and cons from last night’s game.
Pro: Hey, they salvaged one point on this three game road trip.
Con: This three game road trip was against three terrible teams.
Pro: Tanner Glass scored!
Con: Tanner Glass shouldn’t be your best skater over these three games.
The Rangers and Oilers decided to take it back to old time, high scoring hockey in honor of Glen Sather’s banner ceremony, with twelve goals in three periods of hockey. Some dreadful defensive play from the Rangers allowed Edmonton to take advantage – you’ve got to hope that the Rangers make some changes in response to the kind of play we saw tonight. Despite momentary hope for a comeback, the Rangers just couldn’t get it together and dropped this one.
Oilers 1 Rangers 0
An excellent transition by the Oilers and some lackluster defending from the Rangers leads to their first goal against of the evening. The play starts in the Oilers’ defensive end with a long stretch pass. The recipient (couldn’t read the number on youtube, sorry) then beats Dan Girardi in the offensive zone and swings a centering pass right in front of the net, and although the initial shot is unsuccessful Lauri Korpikoski cashes in on the rebound. All in all not the Rangers’ best defending.
I watched the first period last night. The Rangers dominated the Canucks for basically all but the first shift of the game. There were one or two blips –Derek Dorsett burning Dylan McIlrath comes to mind– but for the most part, the Rangers controlled the play. They killed the Ryan McDonagh penalty at the end of the period without giving up much. They had a 27-9 shot attempt advantage, and didn’t allow a scoring chance for the first 14 minutes.
Use this to discuss the game last night. These west coast games are killer. Sorry folks.
The Rangers got their collective acts together last night, putting together a solid performance in a dominant 4-1 win over the Senators. The Rangers controlled the flow for the majority of the game, with a few blips in the second period that tilted the ice for the Sens. This was a complete team win up and down the lineup, but those with notably positive games were Derick Brassard, Dylan McIlrath, Ryan McDonagh, and Chris Kreider. All three were very active.
Henrik Lundqvist was his usual strong self as well, but he didn’t need to stand on his head this game. The Rangers were much more relaxed and competent in their own zone, making the right plays to transition to offense. The forecheck was active, keeping the Senators from really breaking out with speed. The offensive zone play was solid, getting multiple attempts, getting to dirty areas, and working along the boards. The product on the ice matched the scoring chance/puck possession battle, as expected.
The Rangers came into last night’s game trying to ride the solid effort put forth against the Islanders the previous night, which was clearly their best game of the season, despite the shootout loss. However they fell flat, coming out weak and simply not putting the necessary pressure on a bad goalie early and often. The first period was boring, and the second saw the Avs capitalize on a mistake and a turnover en route to an easy win.
Antti Raanta was hung out to dry on both goals, but made some solid saves early in the game while the Rangers tried to figure out the Avs. Colorado got the 2-0 lead, then sat back in the neutral zone, forced dump and chase hockey, and made the Rangers come to them. That seems odd to say, since Patrick Roy is an aggressive coach. It seems to be a switch from his usual 2-1-2 (they sat back in a 1-3-1). This game was a solid dud.
The Rangers played their best game of the season last night, but fell to the Isles in a shootout last night. This game was probably the most entertaining game we’ve seen all season. Both teams were flying, there were few penalties, lots of chances, and action all around. Henrik Lundqvist and Jaroslav Halak were brilliant, stopping most of the chances thrown their way. It wasn’t a wide open game, and there was some rough stuff, but it was up and down hockey with very little neutral zone play.
Keith Yandle had easily his best game as a Ranger, and was engaged all over the ice. Tanner Glass also played a great game, getting a few solid scoring chances while playing on the third line with Oscar Lindberg and J.T. Miller. The defense was much better at moving the puck up the ice in the defensive zone, and the forwards were much better at coming back and giving them targets to hit to start the breakout. The forecheck was also on point the entire game.
The Rangers broke their three game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Carolina at home, despite a relatively sloppy performance. While they came out on top it’s hard to say any individual Ranger player had a particularly positive game, with only Derick Brassard post a positive shot attempts +/- for the night. Across the board the Rangers had a hard time getting out of their own zone or connecting on passes, giving up 75 shot attempts and 36 shots on goal to Carolina in 60 minutes. It was the kind of win where you’re just happy they got the two points, but hopefully they tighten up their game in the future as this kind of win is likely to be unsustainable.
Rangers 1 Hurricanes 0
On a power play early in the game the Rangers win the face off and the puck kicks back into the high slot, where Mats Zuccarello jumps at it and snaps the shot before Cam Ward can get set.
The Rangers lost their third game in a row against the Philadelphia Flyers in Saturday afternoon shutout at home. The loss was also notable for the presence of Dylan McIlrath and Emerson Etem in the lineup, as well as some juggled forward lines following Derek Stepan’s injury sustained against Boston on Friday. Despite playing a better game than their usual this season in terms of possession, a breakaway goal by Wayne Simmonds in the second put the Flyers up, followed by a scrappy goal in front by Sean Couturier early in the third and a late empty netter. Although the Rangers had a solid start to the game and got a decent amount of shot attempts throughout, a shutout loss at home against Philadelphia definitely stings.
Flyers 1 Rangers 0
Matt Read carries the puck through the neutral zone as Wayne Simmonds is breaking down the wing, beating the defender as he enters the zone. Simmonds then collects the pass from Read, puts a quick move on Raanta, and scores the goal.
If you’ve been here for a while, then you are probably expecting some kind of goal breakdown. I apologize, but you’re not getting one this morning.
The Rangers cannot continue at this pace. It is unsustainable. They are not playing well, they are getting extremely lucky, and Henrik Lundqvist is bailing them out on a nightly basis. They will not continue to win games like this.
I’ve been saying the above for three weeks now. If you didn’t see it before, then last night’s game was an eye opener for you. It is certainly an extreme example of what I, along with others, have been seeing. It is not a good trend, and last night was the most egregious example thus far this season.
The Rangers won, I get that. And I am ecstatic that they won. They showed up in the third period and played significantly better. Henrik Lundqvist completely bailed them out in the first two periods, where it looked like the Rangers were just letting Nashville do whatever they wanted. It was atrocious. The Rangers did not deserve to win the game, period.
The Tampa Bay Lightning ended the New York Rangers’ winning streak with a late shorthanded goal. Valtteri Filpulla and J.T. Brown hooked up for the winner with a minute remaining in the game with Brian Boyle in the box. Dominic Moore tied the game late with a solid individual effort, and the game looked like it was swinging in their favor after the Boyle penalty. But that’s how dangerous the Lightning can be.
This was a battle of two teams that may very well meet in the Eastern Conference Final again this season. You are looking at two of the top four in the East, and Tampa was without half of their forwards for this game.