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The Rangers shutout the Calgary Flames last night at The Garden, by a score of 1-0. It was a crucial two points for the Blueshirts, as they needed to keep pace with both the Islanders and Canadiens at the top of the Conference, both of whom picked up wins last night. Cam Talbot recorded his 4th shutout of the season and newly un-shaggy Kevin Hayes continued his red hot play with the game winner. Since Dave is sick, we won’t have all his fancy bells and whistles, charts and breakdowns, just some good ol’ fashioned thoughts on this one…
- The Rangers played a very controlled defensive game with very little available to the Flames. It made the game kind of like watching paint dry, but two points are two points.
- I mean, what else is there to say about Kevin Hayes at this point? He has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the season and become a legitimate scoring threat every time he is on the ice. He has brought additional depth since the beginning, but he is starting to really be a player the opposition has to be aware of at all time. Especially if he is drawing third line matchups. Once everything clicks, he is going to be an impressive player.
- This was exactly the type of game Cam Talbot needed. I am coming to the conclusion that he is prone to the big save, but has a tough time making all the routine ones over a lengthy span of games. That skillset was well used last night, when he didn’t face a ton of rubber, but turned away some tough chances in spurts.
- Oscar Lindberg made his NHL debut last night and played a little over eight minutes. Obviously, that’s not a ton of time on the ice to make a lasting impression, but I thought he looked good. He was aggressive on the forecheck and responsible on both sides of the puck. In the spirit of beating the dead horse, I would love it if he could finally force Glass to the press box, either when Fast returns or prior…
- Kari Ramo played very well in this one. He made some very good chances look routine and that glove save on JT Miller was ridiculous. Usually I will lament desperation plays being lauded as great saves, but a tough bounce off the post will force you into scramble mode. That save showed a tremendous amount of athleticism and hand-eye coordination.
- Lack of scoring aside, the Rangers did what they had to do in this one: dominate possession, limit opposition chances and secure two points against a weaker team.
- Just goes to show you how much Rick Nash brings to the table when he is healthy. Having him and Hank back for the stretch and (obviously) playoffs are a make or break reality for any chance of a big run this spring.
- I love the spunk he showed, and I have historically been a fan of fighting, but JT Miller’s tilt just kind of reinforced how unnecessary it has become in the modern game.
- At some point the MSG crew has to give John Gianonne some protection between the benches from errant pucks, right?
- Islanders on MSG and Rangers on MSG+? I don’t understand the world anymore.
The Rangers managed to hang on and grab a shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, solidifying their place in second in the Metropolitan Division. As exciting as this news is, this game was not particularly one to be applauded.
This game featured the Jekyll and Hyde mannerisms that we’ve grown sadly accustomed to of the 2014-15 Rangers. Coming out strong against a sub-.500 team, a team that isn’t even dreaming of springtime hockey, the Rangers lost steam quickly and, quite frankly, embarrassed themselves at the Garden last night.
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This post title should seem familiar, as the New York Rangers dominated the Buffalo Sabres in another laugher, this time by a score of 3-1. The Sabres actually jumped out to an early lead, as the first shot MacKenzie Skapski faced was from the slot from a wide open Matt Moulson, and there wasn’t much Skapski could do from there. Following that, the Rangers really focused on their defensive play, pinning the Sabres in their own zone for the majority of the game.
As for the scoring, the top line for the Rangers did most of the work. Rick Nash contributed a goal and an assist, Derick Brassard had two assists, and Mats Zuccarello scored a goal in the win. The third line of Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, and J.T. Miller also remained hot, scoring a goal in this one.
While the score may not be indicative of a laugher, the Sabres were never really in this game. They got the quick goal, but the Rangers absolutely dominated the game.
On to the goals:
I was at the game last night, thus there will be no goal breakdown for the game. But I am able to do a brain dump of my thoughts from the game, so that’s something. Generally you’re ok with a point in a game against a playoff team, but last night’s game felt different. The Rangers really shouldn’t have struggled against a Vancouver team that isn’t deep, but they did.
The previous three wins were ugly, and it usually when you see ugly wins like that, it’s a sign that a slump is on the horizon. Wins are obviously the most important aspect of this game, but there is a lot of value in how you get the wins. Last night was one of those games that was just as ugly as the wins, the only difference was Vancouver made them pay.
The New York Rangers followed up that debacle –albeit a two point debacle—in Toronto with a strong showing in Colorado last night, defeating the Avalanche by a score of 6-3. Kevin Hayes stole the show with a highlight reel goal and a snazzy assist, but it was an overall strong team effort that resulted in the win.
Cam Talbot was strong, out dueling Semyon Varlamov and making several (14) key saves when the Avs brought everything in the third period. But the Rangers, who allowed the Avs to tie the game with some fairly sloppy play, didn’t panic. They scored three straight late in the third to come up with the win. It was pretty through two, and pretty for the last ten minutes, but the Rangers were bad to start the third. But hey, it’s two points.
On to the goals:
The New York Rangers sure did make us nervous last night. They blew two separate two goal leads against a pretty bad Toronto Maple Leafs team that has Phil Kessel playing on the fourth line. But they got a late goal from Mats Zuccarello and barely held on –the Leafs hit a crossbar late– for the 5-4 win and two big points.
This game was ugly, but it was a game the Rangers dominated from the start. There were a few defensive miscues and a bad goal allowed by Cam Talbot that gave the Leafs life, but the Leafs always gave it right back to the Rangers. Morgan Reilly almost won the game for the Leafs single-handedly, but luckily James Remier outdid Talbot with an ugly goal of his own.
This was a game where the Rangers should have gotten two points because they dominated the first two periods, but shouldn’t have gotten two points because they played horrid defense and allowed a bad team to make them work for it. Sometimes, you just take the points and run.
On to the goals:
The New York Rangers came into yesterday’s matchup against the Dallas Stars a bit fatigued, having played in Nashville the day before. They came out flat in this game, playing down to an inferior –albeit very skilled– Stars team. The Rangers were able to steal a point with a late third period goal by Chris Kreider, but Ales Hemsky ended it early in overtime to make the finish anti-climactic for Rangers fans.
Cam Talbot wasn’t as sharp as he was in Nashville, but still made good saves to keep the Rangers in the game, when the Stars had the SOG advantage 23-16. It wasn’t until the third period that the Rangers peppered Kari Lehtonen with 20 shots, finally breaking through on the Kreider goal to steal a point from a game in which they did not deserve one. But you take the point, even if you wanted more.
On to the goals:
In the first game of a month long string without Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers hung with the Nashville Predators all game long. In the end, they fell 3-2 after a late goal by Mike Ribiero. The Preds had most of the control through the first period, outchancing the Rangers both in quantity and in quality. Cam Talbot –and Kevin Klein– kept the game scoreless in the first, as the Preds had a lot of high quality chances.
Rick Nash gave the Rangers a quick lead in the second, but the Preds came back with two goals in quick succession to close out the second period. Ryan McDonagh tied it early in the third. But it was Ribiero that sealed it for the Preds, as Pekka Rinne shut the door down after the McDonagh goal. The Rangers played very well in this game, but losses happen.
On to the goals:
The easy narrative heading into last night’s game against the Boston Bruins was that the New York Rangers are too small to play against them. The proper narrative is that when the Rangers execute properly and use their speed on the forecheck, they can make some of the best teams look sluggish, as they did with the Bruins last night. The Rangers dominated the possession and scoring chance game, and you saw it on the ice.
How you saw it: The Rangers forced turnovers, closed gaps fast, forced sloppy passing, and disrupted the Bruins breakout. While I did not track this, it appeared that the Rangers also stepped up on the blue line and didn’t allow Boston that many controlled zone entries either. The Rangers had a pair of defensive gaffes, but no team plays a perfect game. They overcame the gaffes, and turned their domination into a win.
On to the goals:
The special teams for the New York Rangers really bailed them out, as they notched a shorthanded goal and a powerplay goal en route to a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers. The game was dominated by the Panthers at even strength, but it was on the back of those goals that the Rangers were able to build a lead early on. The relinquished that lead after some poor play, but got the game winner from Dan Boyle on a fluke goal.
Considering this game featured two of the best goalies in the game, that this game was as high scoring as it was surprised a few. The goalies were sharp, as the goals that beat them were unstoppable shots/deflections. Neither team played exceptionally well, as both are known for limiting prime scoring chances and neither did so this game.
For the Rangers, the score is not reflective of the game they played. They were completely dominated at evens by the Panthers, and if not for the special teams goals early, this could have been a different game. That said, they came away with a W, so it’s tough to complain.
On to the goals: