Category: Game Wrap-ups

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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Six straight goal lead Rangers to win in first ever game at Yankee Stadium

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

It is fitting that the first hockey game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium ended with a dominating New York Rangers win. The Rangers got off to a slow start, with defensive miscues, sloppy play, and mediocre goaltending putting the Rangers into a 3-1 hole early. But after that, the Blueshirts rattled off six straight goals, including four in the second period that eventually chased Martin Brodeur from the game.

It was in the second period where the Rangers found their legs and used their speed to completely steamroll the Devils. They forced turnovers, they capitalized on their 2-on-1s (that seemed to happen every ten seconds), and they shut down defensively to limit the Devils’ chances.

On to the goals:

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Rangers drop hard fought game to Blues

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Rangers dropped their second straight game for the first time in a while, losing to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 2-1. This is not one of those games –like Tuesday night’s game– where the Rangers failed to show up. This was a very hard fought game where both teams had to fight for every inch of space out there. The Blue capitalized on a turnover and a powerplay, while the Rangers were only able to capitalize on one turnover.

Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net. Rick Nash played a strong game, notching a goal in his fourth straight contest. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a Ranger that really had a bad game. Sure, the Rangers lost, but they showed that their early season struggles against the cream of the crop in the Western Conference are a thing of the past. They can skate with these teams.

On to the goals:

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Rangers blow pair of two goal leads, fall to Isles

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Rangers started this game the way they started every other game during this 11-4-1 swing: By playing strong hockey and capitalizing on early scoring chances. Problem is that despite the pair of two-goal leads, the Islanders were the team dominating puck possession. The Rangers didn’t catch up on puck possession until the Isles took a pair of penalties in the second period, which eventually led to the second two-goal lead.

Cam Talbot was a bit shaky in this one, but the rest of the Rangers were shaky as well. They had a lot of trouble picking up the right man in the defensive zone, and it led to a bunch of miscues that either wound up in the back of the net or under Talbot. Kevin Poulin wasn’t that much better, but he made some big saves when it counted. It was a rough loss, but there’s no use dwelling over it.

On to the goals:

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