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The Rangers took full advantage of a tired Tampa Bay Lightning team, dominating them from start to finish en route to the big win last night. Ben Bishop stood tall in the first, but turnovers and fatigue led to a big second period for the Rangers, scoring four times as they never looked back. The Rangers were firing on all cylinders, and it showed.
Antti Raanta came up with some timely saves when needed, as the goaltending is starting to come around for the Rangers as well. Add that to what appears to be a lethal forward group, and you have a dangerous Rangers team. Not only do they generate a lot of chances, they capitalize on them. They put up a six-spot on one of the top teams in the league.
On to the goals:
The Rangers showed us last night that nothing gold can stay, as their offense fell (slightly) anemic to the Carolina Hurricanes in their home opener. Fun fact: this was the first home opener that the ‘Canes have won since the 2008-09 season, but I digress. This was also the first time we spied the Rangers without their offense, lifting the wool from our collective eyes to see what happens to our defense when they actually need to defend.
As you’d imagine, it wasn’t very pretty.
The game was on in my house, however I think the best way to describe the recap of this game is through the eyes of others. The eyes of those on my pals in my apartment. The tweets of those around us.
The Rangers continued to show that they can erase deficits quickly by falling down 2-0 early to the Bruins. Sloppy play in their own zone led to a pair of bad goals against in the first period. But then they got going, and scored five straight en route to their 5-2 win over the Bruins last night. The Vesey-Stepan-Nash line, along with Brandon Pirri, contributed all of the offense in the comeback.
The Rangers benefited from a shorthanded Bruins team, missing their top three goalies, and forced to play Zane McIntyre. McIntyre didn’t look bad, just the Rangers depth is a lot for any team to deal with. Henrik Lundqvist allowed a bad one, but was solid otherwise in the win.
On to the goals:
By all accounts, the Rangers dominated the Red Wings last night. However they could not solve Jimmy Howard after the first period, falling 2-1 in a fast paced game. Howard was the story of this game, standing on his head and stopping many difficult shots as the Rangers peppered him with scoring chance after scoring chance. Alas, they could not solve him.
This is the second time in four games where the Rangers have played a strong game, but got PDO’d into a loss. Howard was magnificent, and it was one bad goal that led to the loss last night. Such is life sometimes. It’s game four of 82, so there’s not much cause for concern. The process is there, and it will even out as time goes on. That is, as long as they continue to play this way.
The Rangers put up a touchdown on the San Jose Sharks last night, barely holding on for a 7-4 win. It sounds weird to say they held on for a win by three, but they did allow the Sharks to get to within a goal –after being up by three– before scoring two empty netters. Chris Kreider led the Rangers with another multi-point game as seven different Rangers scored in the win.
The one troubling aspect here is that the defense again gave up a ton of goals, including three in the third period. This was a much closer game than it needed to be. There weren’t any weak goals by Antti Raanta, it was just allowing too much room for the Sharks to maneuver. As an elite NHL team, San Jose makes you pay. But the Rangers made them pay more.
On to the goals:
The Rangers dropped a game to the Blues last night in St. Louis, and boy do we have some things to unpack here. What needs to be said prior to this bullet point recap is this: the Rangers played well and were on the wrong side of PDO last night, so let’s take this loss with a grain (or twelve) of salt.
- The first goal, and beginning of the game, featured some bouncing pucks and attempts to settle play. The goal was a bad hop over Girardi’s stick at the blue line for a Tarasenko breakaway. Fun fact: he doesn’t miss those. Ever.
The Rangers started off the season on the right foot, as their offense shined in a 5-3 win over the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak kept this game interesting in the first period, as he was very sharp and basically kept the Isles in it. But it wasn’t enough, as the Rangers put up a five-spot on him by the time the night was through.
As expected, the defense still remains a concern for the Blueshirts. There were some pretty terrible breakdowns, some of which led to goals. If this team is going to hang Henrik Lundqvist out to dry all season, then they are going to need to score five per game to win. But a win is a win in the first game of the year. Lessons are learned. They adjust. They move on.
On to the goals:
Boy was this a boring game. The Isles and Rangers played like they knew it was preseason, except the Rangers played like that with half the lineup fighting for a spot on the roster. I find that to be frustrating, but it’s the fourth game in six nights, so it is what it is. Not many Rangers impressed last night with cuts looming.
- Way too many people make something out of who has the ‘A’ in a preseason game. This is the second time Glass has had the ‘A’ and people freaked out. Relax. It’s the preseason.
- The Rangers didn’t really get much going. They were bland offensively, didn’t gain the zone often, and were just unable to get shots off. Considering there were two lines that could be dressing next week, that’s not that good.
- There were a lot of defensive miscues and odd man rushes given up. Says a lot about the defensemen that were playing, as three of them are on the bubble. All of Brady Skjei, Adam Clendening, and Dylan McIlrath had rough games. John Gilmour too, but we always knew he was headed to Hartford anyway.
For a preseason game, last night’s OT loss to the Flyers had a little bit of everything that encompasses Rangers/Flyers. It had physical play, it had dirty play, it had good defense, it had scoring bursts, and it left a seed for the regular season. The Rangers may have lost, but they erased a 3-0 lead in the third period to get “a point” in the preseason standings. It may not seem like much, but showing the guys to come back like that means a lot for the kids and playing the right way.
- First things first, that hit by Radko Gudas on Jimmy Vesey was nasty. That’s the type of hit the league is trying to get rid of, and I guarantee that Gudas won’t be suspended because Vesey turned. But here’s the thing, the hockey play there is to stop, turn, and gain some space. The turn is the hockey play, getting creamed from behind is not. Here’s a link to multiple angles of the hit.
- Credit to Dylan McIlrath for jumping in and literally dragging Gudas out to fight. He wound up taking on Jakub Voracek as well, who did not get penalized for third man in. I have never seen that penalty called in my life. Not once.
- Don’t know why Vesey was back. It’s the preseason, feel like it makes sense to take caution with your offseason prize. But what do I know?
Well I did not get a chance to watch the game last night, so I figure this is a good time to reintroduce the Twitter recap. Because when we can’t get a goal breakdown or recap, we rely on you for commentary. Also, if you haven’t been following on Twitter, we have a Snapchat now (snap: blueseatblogs). If you are going to a game and want to take over the account, reach out to Becky (@bhabs37).
I’m glad I wasn’t on Twitter to see the reactions to this one. Must have been entertaining.