Archive for Game Wrap-ups
A lot of folks wanted the Rangers to throw last night’s game. In reality, the best case scenario was a well played game, win or lose. The Rangers played a very strong game, controlling the majority of the game and limiting the Isles at even strength. However it all changed in six minutes in the second period, when the Islanders scored three goals to really put the game away and chase Henrik Lundqvist.
The scoreboard will show domination by the Isles, but it was the exact opposite. The Rangers spent most of the time in the offensive zone, but couldn’t solve Thomas Greiss, who played exceptionally well making 36 saves. After a flukey goal hit off Dan Boyle, Greiss made a fantastic stop on Miller, and the Isles quickly turned the momentum and a blown read into a 2-0 lead. A bad penalty kill read made it 3-0, and it was all she wrote there.
At the time of writing this post, the score is 2-1, Rangers trailing by one goal heading into the third period. I honestly couldn’t watch the first or third periods, thus is life sometimes. I guess these are good games to miss, since they are relatively meaningless. Here are some random thoughts from that period.
- Good to see Dylan McIlrath playing. Forgot he existed.
- Oh hey, he looks comfortable on the right side. Let’s play him more. Please?
- Oh hey, Oscar Lindberg is still a scratch. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
- And Tanner Glass got a game misconduct. Didn’t see the play. Interference apparently, but the Rangers killed it off. Not a good penalty –a five minute major for interference is never a good penalty– but a solid kill.
The Rangers had their third attempt to clinch a playoff spot last night against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets, and with Dave missing half the game, it’s only fair that a half short paragraphed, half Twitter recap take his usually gif-filled space.
This game started with approximately six thousand references to the fact that the two teams have swapped players. As if our livers haven’t been damaged enough with the recent play by the Rangers.
The Rangers came into last night’s game with another opportunity to clinch a playoff spot with a win. What resulted was an ugly first 20 minutes of the game, in which the Sabres jumped out to a 3-0 lead, one that the Rangers could not overcome. Henrik Lundqvist, who was not sharp, was pulled after less than 21 minutes.
Beyond Lundqvist, who again was not sharp, the top pair of Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein were flat out owned by the Sabres’ top line. It got to the point where Alain Vigneault switched up the defense pairings. They had a really good chance to tie it too, but couldn’t score on a full two minute 5-on-3 advantage.
It wasn’t all bad for the Rangers, though. Their penalty kill was solid, and their forward lines are showing some solid chemistry. They realized they were the better team too late though.
The Rangers went into Carolina last night with an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with a regulation or overtime win. They Staaled (I couldn’t help myself), allowing four goals to the Hurricanes and losing in regulation, failing to clinch the playoff berth. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t sharp, which seems to make all the difference lately with the state of the blue line, and the Rangers blew their chance.
There isn’t much reason to panic, since the Rangers will make the playoffs, but this effort was disheartening, and really makes you wonder if the team will be capable of turning it on come playoff time. The Penguins and Islanders both won, so the Rangers now may slip to a wild card slot. They control their own destiny regarding seeding, but continued play like last night will result in a wild card spot and a potential date with either Florida or Washington.
The Rangers had their win streak snapped at three games last night, losing in overtime to the Penguins in what was a pretty well played game by both clubs. The goalies were good, not great, and both picked their spots well for offense. But the Rangers were also lucky, as the Penguins hit three posts in the game. This game could have ended in regulation just as easily.
Phil Kessel really took it to the Rangers this game, clicking with Carl Hagelin all game and completely dominating the time they got against Dan Girardi (which was most of the game). That line did most of the damage for the Pens, but their success skewed what was a very good showing by the Rangers in the second and third periods. They shelled a bit in the third, clearly playing for overtime.
Last night I wasn’t able to watch and Pat wasn’t able to cover the goal breakdown. So that meant it was a perfect time for another Twitter breakdown of the game. It was a little tougher to get replies, since it was a Saturday night and apparently people have these things called “social lives’.
So I was just wondering how the game went, and some were unsure. Despite the score.
@BlueSeatBlogs good I guess
— #SignYandle2k16 (@rangersofny) March 27, 2016
There are going to be those that look at the box score, specifically the Corsi numbers, will say the Rangers got dominated and were a product of good shooting. While the second part is true –two goals banked off Bruins, although from good angles– the shot attempt (Corsi) numbers are very misleading for this game. For starters, the Rangers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, so score effects are a thing for this game. Second, despite the number of shots, the Rangers really limited the Bruins to the outside. It was a clinic.
There were blips, specifically that one shift where Dan Girardi turned the puck over three times in a one minute span, but the Rangers persevered. The penalty kill was sloppy, but the puck didn’t wind up in the net. What matters is that the Rangers picked the Bruins defense apart, and it was ugly for the Bs. Their defense is their Achilles heel, like the Rangers. But as mentioned in the game thread, the Rangers have better overall depth, and they feast on teams with holes on defense.
This is the second strong game in a row for the Rangers. A good thing. I’d prefer they didn’t give up third period goals, but that’s a thing this season apparently. Sigh. I’ll take this game.
The Rangers may have hit rock bottom on Saturday, but at least they rebounded last night against the first place Florida Panthers. The Rangers really controlled the first two periods before letting up a bit in the third with their 2-0 lead. They gave up one and made us all sweat, but held on for the 4-2 win.
The Blueshirts really controlled play in the first two periods, not only limiting shot attempts, but limiting high quality chances for the Panthers. It unraveled a little bit at the end of the second, but you can see how the Rangers really need to stop with that shell they play in the third period. It almost led to a tie game, if not for a disallowed goal for Steven Kampfer. The Rangers got lucky there.
But a win is a win, and this was a much better process win, something we need to see. If the thing we nitpick is the shell, then I’ll take it.
The Rangers dropped the third game of their west coast road trip against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon in a maddeningly frustrating fashion. Hank once again stood on his head despite receiving no support from his defense and despite being pulled in the third period. The fourth line had a solid game but the Rangers were generally out shot and gave up numerous odd-man rushes before the eventual third period collapse.
In the end not the kind of game you’d like to see from the Rangers heading into the post-season, but hopefully they can tighten it up over the next few games and start the playoffs right. Also, no gifs for this one, sorry y’all.
Rangers 0 Sharks 1