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Category: Game Wrap-ups

Rangers make Fleury look like Dryden, Pens take 2-1 lead

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The Rangers have simply made Marc-Andre Fleury look like Ken Dryden this series. This time around, Fleury stopped all 35 shots directed at him to record his second shutout in as many days as the Penguins took Game Three by a score of 2-0. Fleury benefited from three Ranger posts in the second period, but the fact remains that the Rangers went 0-5 on the powerplay, bringing their streak up to 0-32 or 0-33. I lost count honestly.

Henrik Lundqvist played another solid game, but was beaten on two breakaways. The Penguins managed just 15 shots on goal as well, as the Rangers had dominant puck possession even before the Penguins stopped playing offense. New York had a 34-21 Fenwick advantage at the time of Pittsburgh’s second goal, which was 21-17 at even strength. By the end of the game, the Rangers had a 36-17 Fenwick advantage at even strength (52-21 in all situations). Doesn’t matter though. They got shut out.

On to the goals:

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Powerplay fails Rangers as Pens even series

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

That ugly feeling hit 9:04 into the first period. The Rangers had just failed to score on their third straight powerplay opportunity. Nine minutes, six of them on the powerplay, no goals, and just five shot attempts during that span. Stomachs started turning, and at that moment many knew how this game would go. The fact of the matter is that those six minutes cost the Rangers the game, a game in which Henrik Lundqvist almost committed highway robbery. Those six minutes gave the Penguins life, when the Rangers could have put the game away.

Instead Hank stood on his head –making 33 of the most unbelievable saves I’ve ever seen– in a losing effort. Marc-Andre Fleury, who played well, stopped all 22 shots the Rangers threw at him. The Pens had a whopping 65% Corsi advantage. Pittsburgh played perfect hockey after those three penalties (even had perfect penalty kills), and you have to tip your hat to them. They won the game, and the Rangers are clearly gassed with another game coming up tonight.

On to the goals:

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Brassard wins it in overtime, Rangers take Game One

Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

Derick Brassard become the first player in NHL history to record an overtime winner and an overtime assist (same with Benoit Pouliot I guess), as he roofed a pass from Pouliot over Marc-Andre Fleury in overtime, giving the Rangers a 3-2 victory in Game One. The Rangers won this game not through puck possession domination, but by cashing in on poor Penguins defense and turnovers. Their final two goals were the direct result of poor coverage, and their first was a result of Fleury being FLOLeury.

Pouliot (1-1-2) and Dan Girardi (0-2-2) were the two Rangers that recorded multi-point nights. Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding, making 34 saves to hold a potent Pittsburgh offense at bay. The overall team defense was –as per usual– fantastic. Anton Stralman and Marc Staal were assigned the Sidney Crosby line, while Evgeni Malkin wound up drawing the Dan Girardi-Ryan McDonagh combo (Pens had last change, and kept Crosby away from Girardi/McDonagh). Both sets of defensemen were excellent in shutting down the two superstars. The Rangers needed their defense to perform, and they did.

On to the goals:

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Rangers send Flyers packing; Head to Pittsburgh

Little dude, big game. (Photo: AP)

Little dude, big game. (Photo: AP)

The Rangers came out, matched Philly blow for blow in the first, and then used an absolutely dominating performance in the second period to send their longtime rival packing for the season. The Rangers scored two in the second and held a 21-7 Fenwick advantage at even strength in the period. The Flyers made a run in the third, getting a goal from Jason AkesonĀ and pressuring the Rangers for the tie, but in the end it was the even strength play that won out.

Dan Carcillo got the Rangers on the board after serving a too many men penalty, the second time he’s scored right out of the box. Benoit Pouliot added the second goal as a part of that huge second period that saw pure domination from the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar, making 26 saves, many of them difficult. But perhaps the best player on the ice was Anton Stralman, who played the best game I’ve ever seen him play as a Ranger. This was a solid win.

On to the goals:

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Simmonds nets three, Flyers force Game 7

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The title of this goal breakdown says it all. Wayne Simmonds scored thrice, and the Flyers forced the Rangers into a Game Seven at MSG tonight. The Rangers completely owned the first six minutes of the game, but an ill-advised Benoit Pouliot penalty –followed by Simmonds’ first goal– was the beginning of the end for the Blueshirts. The Rangers lost all momentum they had after pure domination, gave up a powerplay goal, and couldn’t recover.

Way too many people blamed Henrik Lundqvist –who was pulled for the third period– for this loss, but that’s just silly. As you’ll see in the breakdown, there were two Dan Girardi giveaways, a breakaway, and a blatantly blown coverage in the four goals allowed. I get that people expect him to steal games and whatnot, but this isn’t the kind of game he’s going to be able to steal. Plus, the Rangers are the better team. Hank shouldn’t need to steal games from the Flyers.

It doesn’t matter. It’s win or go home tonight. On to last night’s goals:

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Dominic Moore leads Rangers to 3-2 series lead

Score a goal, tackle a giant. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Score a goal, tackle a giant. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Rangers regained control of this series, with a big 4-2 win over the Flyers yesterday at MSG. Dominic Moore scored what turned out to be the game winning goal on a great individual effort in the second period, then assisted on Brian Boyle’s empty net goal to seal it in the third. Moore also went 6-1 on face offs (86%) while playing a key role on the penalty kill as he practically willed the Rangers to victory.

Philly controlled puck possession throughout the game, something they haven’tĀ done all series. But yet again, goaltending was the difference. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves on 26 shots, but stopped every single puck thrown at him at even strength. Meanwhile, Steve Mason allowed three even strength goals, and that was the difference in the game.

On to the goals:

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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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