Archive for Game Wrap-ups
The Rangers dropped the second game of their back-to-back set against a divisional opponent in the Penguins on Sunday afternoon. Although the Rangers set the tone early on by applying some serious pressure, Marc-Andre Fleury kept the Penguins in it and the first period ended tied at one goal each. The Rangers then flat lined almost completely during the second as the Penguins came alive, and although they seemed to have a little bit more urgency in the third period it simply wasn’t enough, with the Penguins scoring the eventual game-winner off a fluke deflection from behind the net.
*-No gifs for this game, sorry about that. The gif makers were all committed elsewhere. Damn them for having lives.
Rangers 0 Penguins 1
Henrik Lundqvist did his best to steal this game for the Rangers, but couldn’t do it all as Darren Helm’s leg won the game in overtime for the Red Wings. Lundqvist made 40 saves on 43 shots as the Rangers were completely dominated from the get-go. The Rangers managed 28 total shot attempts the entire game. Twenty-eight. There is nothing good about this game, other than Lundqvist.
But yet, the Rangers still found themselves in it because of some good bounces. But as good as those bounces were, the bad bounces always counter it. Ryan McDoangh hit the post on an empty net. Most of the Wings goals came off bounces. But this is what happens when bad process meets normal luck. Bad process means losses. This is what you should expect when the Rangers don’t show up.
The Rangers came out swinging Tuesday night in Buffalo and kept up the pressure from there, winning the tie despite a second period rally by the Sabres. Eric Staal continued to demonstrate that he’s fitting in with his new team, as his line forechecked hard, got shots, and crashed the net early and often. Brady Skjei looked similarly poised, making smart passes and even saving a goal as the puck trickled behind Antti Raanta at one point.
On the Sabres side of things Jack Eichel was electric as always, supported by Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart. In the end despite a late game powerplay the Rangers held on to win it, bouncing back from their unfortunate loss against the Islanders at home on Sunday.
Rangers 1 Sabres 0
Well I was at the game, sitting in some pretty sweet seats. Pat was at the game too. So, neither of us were able to get a goal breakdown. This was a perfect time to go with the second ever Twitter recap of the game. Considering the game, I figured the reactions would be solid. But then I remembered the first five minutes were a disaster, followed by what felt like pure Rangers domination, then a complete let down. Anywho…
@BlueSeatBlogs my opinion is I’m not going to watch the rest
— Joe Adler (@nyr351) March 6, 2016
Tough to blame Joe here. Those first five minutes were awful. It’s like they didn’t show up. But I hope you watched the rest of the game, Joe. It got interesting.
The Rangers beat the league-best Washington Capitals on the second game of a back to back in a nail-biting finish. Coming out strong in the first with sustained pressure and solid puck possession the Rangers scored two goals, but took their foot of the gas in the second a bit. A strange and highly disputable goal call then cut the Caps’ deficit in half, and they tied it up shortly thereafter with a goal from TJ Oshie.
Derek Stepan had other plans however, putting the Rangers back on top almost immediately after the start of the third. From there on out it was a tense game, with the Caps sustaining some serious pressure as the Rangers attempted to defend their one-goal lead. They were up to the task, and Raanta made some key saves to help the team to a nice win leading into their showdown with the Islanders on Sunday.
Rangers 1 Caps 0
In a game that had a playoff atmosphere, the Rangers let up for just 1:39 in the second period, and it cost them the game. Almost immediately after taking a 1-0 lead on a bad goal allowed by Marc-Andre Fleury, one that should have helped the Rangers build momentum, the Rangers surrendered three goals in that 1:39 span to close out the period, and they never recovered.
First it was a Sidney Crosby tap-in off a weird carom. Then it was a defensive breakdown for one second. Then it was a penalty followed by the ever-so-reliable New York Rangers penalty kill that allowed another cross-ice pass. When you make mistakes against teams like this, you get burned, and the Pens burned the Rangers on a pair of mistakes (I’m not counting the Crosby goal as a mistake).
In the first game following the trade deadline, the focus was on Eric Staal. But it was the Rangers backup goaltender that stole the show for the Rangers in a dramatic 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Raanta made 26 saves, many of them very difficult, including one as time expired to preserve the win. Joonas Korpisalo for the Jackets was equally up to the task, stopping 21 shots, also many of them difficult. It was a goalie show in an otherwise relatively boring game.
Derek Stepan partially bailed out Dan Girardi in this one, faking Korpisalo out of his pants for a shorty with under three minutes remaining. Girardi had an awful gaffe that led to the Cam Atkinson goal, but was part of that brilliant PK shift that simply didn’t allow a zone entry, which led to the goal. Stepan scored, but that shift was what the Rangers need to do on the penalty kill.
The Rangers continued their success against Dallas Saturday night, although the hard won victory might worry some fans watching closely. The Stars are one of the best teams in the league and have some of the best offensive talent in hockey, and they badly out-possessed the Rangers despite losing the game late in the 3rd period. Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head once again, tracking the puck deftly through tricky plays and nullifying the threatening handiwork of players like Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.
Although the Rangers were behind most of the game in shot attempts there were still some things Rangers fans can be happy about. Chris Kreider was all over the ice making plays, Keith Yandle was exceptional once again, and Viktor Stalberg was strong on the forecheck. The Rangers got away with this one, which included a controversial no goal call on Dallas’s part, but it’s a big two points on the road none the less.
The Rangers came into St. Louis looking to rebound after unraveling in the second period in New Jersey. They rebounded in a sense of the word, coming out with a 2-1 win, but the win was almost entirely on the back of Henrik Lundqvist. The King made 35 saves, many of them difficult, holding the Blues to one goal that came off a lucky bounce.
The Blueshirts got their offense from Tanner Glass and Chris Kreider, and it was enough with Hank on his game all night. Glass scored his second of the season, which was assisted by Dan Girardi. Twitter broke after the goal. All jokes aside though, that goal was a great shift from everyone on the ice. It was one of the lone highlights of the game from the skaters.
As alluded to in the title, this game was a process fail for the Rangers. The Rangers were badly out shot, out chanced, out attempted, and out played throughout this game. It wasn’t as bad as that Nashville game in November, but it was close. Hank stole this one, tough to argue against that.
Despite a strong start the Rangers dropped their Tuesday night matchup against divisional rivals the Devils 5 to 2. It was an exciting game at first, featuring some nice passing plays, back and forth odd-man rushes, and some nice saves but quickly turned one-sided as the Devils began to badly out possess and out shoot the Rangers starting in the second and continued to do so though the third.
On the plus side, recent call ups Marek Hrivik and Brady Skjei played decently, making prudent decisions on and off the puck and generally looking composed. This was a crucial win for the Devils, who are currently in the chase for a wild card spot, but it would’ve been just as nice for the Rangers to pick up two points and maintain their place in the standings further.
Devils 1 Rangers 0