Game Wrap-ups

Goal breakdown: Sloppy Rangers drop Game One

The Rangers came out in Game One and were absolutely dominated by the Caps. The Rangers may have taken more shots on goal, but do not let that mislead you. The Rangers were never in control of this game, and took several sloppy penalties early on (the refs were bad all around for both teams, but the Caps capitalized, the Rangers didn’t). Luckily, this was just one game of a seven game series. On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Caps 0

Luck bounce. I'll take it.
Lucky bounce. I’ll take it.

This is what happens when you throw the puck at the net. Carl Hagelin attempted a wrap around, and the puck went in off John Erksine’s skate. Nothing Braden Holtby could do.

Caps 1, Rangers 1

Lucky bounces go both ways, but so do bad calls.
Lucky bounces go both ways, but so do bad calls.

The Caps were on the powerplay after Arron Asham delivered a legal hit and was inexplicably called for charging (to be fair, the refs were awful on both sides). The Caps worked the puck to the point for a shot by Mike Green. The shot went wide, unsure if that was by design or by accident, and Alex Ovechkin, who charged the net the minute the shot was taken, took advantage of a long bounce off the boards and put it in the empty net.

Caps 2, Rangers 1

Look behind you. Also, that's a big passing lane.
Look behind you. Also, that’s a big passing lane.

Marcus Johansson somehow found a spot behind Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, who fails to utilize swivel-heads to spot him. ┬áSteve Oleksy hits him with a pass, and Johansson is sprung on the breakaway. Rangers need to be more aware of who’s behind them. (Sorry about the bad picture.)

Caps 3, Rangers 1

No idea how this went in.
No idea how this went in.

The Caps had a good cycle on this shift, and Jason Chimera got the ┬ápuck at the half boards, twirled, and shot. Hank didn’t see the shot, and didn’t even realize it went in. He wants this one back. Honestly, I think we are all confused as to how this went in.

I have to address the John Moore non-goal. Physics says this is a goal, since 75% of Holtby’s body is in the net itself, the puck winds up in Holtby’s glove, and the glove is in the net and actually hits the netting. But, the problem is that you can’t see the puck on the replays, hence no goal. There is no problem with the call of no-goal, since the call on the ice was no-goal and the replay was inconclusive. It is what it is.

This series is a long way from over, but the Rangers did the exact thing they couldn’t do this series: They took penalties. When you take penalties, even if you kill them, that’s two minutes where you can’t generate offense. The Rangers are the better five on five team, but they played half a period on the penalty kill. That’s not a recipe for success. They will need to salvage a split on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Rangers will win this series. When Clowe and Boyle get in and Staal on D I would sit down Newbury, Asham and Eminger on D. They played well and with Hank in net anything is possible. The Rangers need to crash the net more, Holtby had way too much time to see the shots headed his way. Last thing is do not give the Caps a man advantage like the silly plays by Asham and Pyatt. They will be fine as I can clearly see the Caps as being beatable. We were not dominated at all

  • Lundqvist HAS to be better than that!! I’m not blaming him for the loss, but come on, he can’t be giving up ones like the 3rd goal. Only game one, still believe they will win it, but they have to be more physical and SHOOT THE PUCK!! Oh, and maybe a PP goal here and there? I know thats a lot to ask from this group, but special teams will be crucial in this series. PP has to get going!!

  • One positive I can take out of this game is Nash had 8 shots on goal. Caps are going to have be better on Nash or else he will start burying chances.

    It wasn’t a great game for the Rangers but it could have gone either way with a bounce or break here or there. Caps deserved it to a certain extent, but the Rangers could have won this game.

  • I made a comment after the rangers qualified for the playoffs explaining that our PP performance scares me and I was destroyed by everyone. We can talk about how we were sloppy all night, but our power play lost the game. End of story. 5 on 3. All off angle shots. No points shots. Same thing we do over and over.

    I still think we can win this series, but our PP ineptitude is very worrisome. Everyone is afraid to shoot from the point or they wait to long and defenseman have enough time to block shots.

    Anyway, just one game, but need to have a more consistent performance Saturday and be more opportunistic like Washington tonight

      • hmmm its been our problem the last 3-4 years? The exact time frame that torts has been coach with his staff. We have added more more and talent every year. Our youth has matured every year. And the PP has regressed. It cost us another game last night and the only people accountable is the coaching staff for not figuring this issue out.


  • Definitely a game that had a lot of changing momentum. The Rangers were good at times, but like their season not consistent a full 60 minutes of play. Also,like the season not (Capitalizing) on the PP hurt the Rangers big time tonight. I did like how New York was taking the body, Washington isn’t so cute with the puck when the Rangers finish their check. If the Blue Shirts can get any production from their PP and are a little more attentive in their own end…I still like their chances.

    • Bloomer I didnt see it that way, they Looked affraid to hit anyone. And the Caps totally dominated in that department.

  • I would love to have a player that other teams need to worry about every time they step on the ice. Ovechkin is that type of guy.
    On the PP, we still hold the puck too long.
    Next game (game 2) is sort of a must.

  • “The Caps were on the powerplay after Arron Asham delivered a legal hit and was inexplicably called for charging (to be fair, the refs were awful on both sides)”

    He hit the guy in the head. It was an easy call (and a dumb play by Asham).

    • I’d have to look at the replay again to see about the headshot, but that’s not what the refs called. They called him for charging. You can see Asham take a couple strides, but then he glides in for the hit. Might have been a different infraction, but definitely not a charge.

      • later in the period they changed it to an illegal hit to the head. I dont really care what they called it – Asham hit the guy in the head, which is a dumb play, and one that should be punished. You can’t really blame the refs for calling it.

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