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Last night’s game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings may have been low scoring, but it was a very exciting game filled with a lot of chances for both clubs. Both Cam Talbot and Jimmy
Talbot Howard came up huge for both clubs, but it was Howard who won the duel after Marek Zidlicky beat Talbot in overtime on a scramble in front on the powerplay.
This was one of those games where you just sat back and enjoyed the back and forth action with stellar goaltending. It reminded me of that Henrik Lundqvist/Martin Brodeur shutout duel a few years ago. This one wasn’t on the same level, but it was still a very exciting and enjoyable low scoring game. Talbot made 29 very difficult saves, while Howard made 40 equally difficult saves. This was one of the better goalie duels we’ve seen in a while.
On to the goals:
The New York Rangers defeated the best team in the NHL last night, topping the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1. This game was pure domination by the Rangers, who used their speed and tenacious forecheck to disrupt the Preds breakouts, forcing turnovers and converting those turnovers into goals. Cam Talbot was solid, making 25 saves in the win.
Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello each had a pair of assists in the game, and the top line really took it to the Preds. As mentioned above, they forced turnovers and it wound up in the Preds’ net twice. There were countless other opportunities where this line created chances. But it’s not just about this top line, up and down the lineup –yes, even Tanner Glass– played a complete game. I think this is one of the best games I’ve seen the Rangers play this season.
There was something interesting that Joe brought up on the broadcast: The Rangers didn’t seem like themselves in Philly, and it may have had something to do with the Zuccarello trade rumors. He is such an important piece to this puzzle, and the Rangers really seemed like a different team when they thought he was going to get traded. He’s been extended, and now it looks like the Rangers re-gained their form.
On to the goals.
The New York Rangers sloppy defensive play over the last few games finally cost them, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers last night. I admittedly did not watch the game, but the highlights showed the following the goals:
- Matt Read made a nice play on his goal, knocking the puck out of midair to himself then banking it off Cam Talbot. Dan Boyle lost his stick, but Marc Staal didn’t put a body on Read, which allowed him the time to put the puck in the net.
- J.T. Miller did a good job to get open on his goal, and then followed it up by getting his own rebound. Carl Hagelin did a good job on the forecheck to force the turnover which set this up.
- John Moore’s goal was nice to see, and hey, it came on an assist from Tanner Glass.
- Talbot slid way out of position on the Michael Del Zotto goal, but that was horrible defense by all Rangers on the ice there. No one picked up MDZ, who basically had all day. MDZ is too talented to miss that.
- On a day when the Isles lost, the Rangers blew a chance to take advantage. That said, you can’t win them all.
The New York Rangers scared everyone a bit, but managed to score three unanswered goals in the final two periods en route to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Rangers surrendered two powerplay goals to Sam Gagner late in the first period, which gave the Yotes a 3-1 lead heading into the break. After that, Lee Stempniak scored twice and Chris Kreider scored his second of the game to give the Rangers the win.
Mike Smith had a very strong first period, robbing both Tanner Glass and J.T. Miller, and at that point –coupled with the Gagner goals– you thought this would be a wasted opportunity for the Rangers. But it was not so. The Rangers rallied from behind –like they seem to do a lot this season– and ensured that they came away with the two points.
Cam Talbot was solid in net, although he did allow a bad goal, stopping 37 of 40 Arizona shots that a porous Rangers defense allowed. Let’s remember that the game itself wasn’t pretty, and the Rangers really didn’t play solid defense all game. They gave up a ton of quality scoring chances to a team that really doesn’t generate offense. But a win is a win.
On to the goals:
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.
Lets break this bad boy down in my favorite of the forms, bulletpoint. Read More→
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: