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Rangers waste opportunity in Calgary, lose 4-3

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The Rangers saw their five game winning streak snapped in addition to having their lead on the Flyers for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division trimmed in a bitterly disappointing loss to the Flames in Calgary tonight, 4-3.  This one saw Martin St. Louis kick in his would-be first Rangers goal, Henrik Lundqvist surrender a super soft game winner, and Kari Ramo make some huge saves before all was said and done.  It wasn’t all bad for the Blueshirts, however.  They created tons of chances, and the 4th line again looked fantastic.  It’s just tough to swallow a loss against a team like the Flames.  Onto the goals…

1st period

Rangers 0, Flames 1

After some nice work on the forecheck, Derek Dorsett pursued the puck into the zone and took and ill advised penalty behind the play.  As the penalty wore down, McDonagh and Derek Stepan found themselves both collapsing as the Flames entered the zone.  This gave Curtis Glencross the space to drift into the high left slot and blasted a shot over Hank’s left shoulder.  Although the light went on and both teams reacted as if the puck had gone in, it had actually hit the post.  On the ensuing scrum in front, Joe Colborne banged in a rebound for the early lead. 

Rangers 0, Flames 2

This goal started with Ryan McDonagh making a risky pinch and setting the Flames off in transition.  The Mike Cammalleri hit a trailing Mark Giordano at the top of the circles.  The entire Rangers’ defense seemed to back in simultaneously, which gave the Flames’ captain all the time and space he needed to snap a well-placed shot off the post to the glove side.

2nd period

Rangers 1, Flames 2

The 4th line strikes again.  Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett combined to get the puck deep, and Brian Boyle crashed the net.  Dorsett and Moore managed to draw all the Calgary defenders to them, while Boyle was uncontested in front.  Once the pass came through, Boyle deflected the puck off the post, but was able to easily tap in his second attempt for the goal.

Rangers 2, Flames 2

The Rangers got the puck deep and went to work around the perimeter.  The Flames got caught running around in their zone, and Diaz was given a relatively open shot from the point.  The puck deflected twice on its way to the net, finally glancing off Tyler Wotherspoon and bouncing through Kari Ramo to knot the score.

Rangers 3, Flames 2

The Rangers would take the lead just moments later.  Benoit Pouliot forced a turnover in the neutral zone, springing Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards on a two-on-one.  I originally thought Carl’s decision to pass was a little suspect, but Richards had more room than I thought and wristed a beautiful shot over Ramo’s glove hand.  The Rangers scored their three goals 3:27 apart.

Rangers 3, Flames 3

The Rangers didn’t exactly lock it down defensively after they completed their comeback.  Shortly thereafter, the game took on a distinct run-and-gun style, with both teams trading quality chances.  The Blueshirts got a little too aggressive on their puck pursuit at the offensive blue line, and got burned in transition for a Flames 3-on-2.  After a shot from the trailer went high over the net, the Flames threw the puck into the crease.  Diaz got turned around and overpowered by Kevin Westgarth for the bang-in goal.

Rangers 3, Flames 4

The eventual game winning goal took everyone by surprise.  After a tough defensive zone shift (the second straight that sent Brian Boyle off limping), a kick pass caught the Rangers in a change.  The rest of the line looked to have the defensive end covered adequately despite the miscue, keeping Mike Cammalleri to the outside.  With just seven seconds left in the period he fired an innocent looked shot toward Lundqvist, which promptly squeaked through his arm.  This one will haunt Hank’s nightmares.

3rd period

No scoring

Final thoughts:

  • Tough to stomach dropping points in this one.  Too few chances to capitalize on before the end of the season.  You have to get at least one point out of it.
  • Aside from the softie, I thought Hank played a solid game.  He made some extremely difficult saves, but also had to battle through major flurries of activity in the defensive zone.  The Flames shots mostly came in bunches.
  • Marty St. Louis definitely kicked it in.  It was the right call.
  • Diaz just loves to let it rip, doesn’t he?
  • Apologies for the low-tech breakdown (blame Dave for turning 30!)

Another cellar-dweller awaits on Sunday night when the Rangers travel to Edmonton for an 8:00pm tilt with the Oilers.

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  • Something that’s beginning to concern me a little is the amount of games where the Rangers are letting up the first goal.

    We’re still getting wins more often than not, but in the past month we’ve scored first just 1/3 of the time while winning 2/3 of the games.
    On one hand it’s good to see them able to come back so often, but on the other, elite teams that we need to beat for the cup won’t likely give us enough slack for so many come from behind victories.

  • Explain something to me, why is it that we play tougher teams well, then play like sh*t with second tier teams?????

    Elite teams pound on the weaker teams, they don’t let them bet you!!!!!

    • Maybe we’re not an “elite” team. Just another playoff team that gets kicked out early again. No excuses for playing like that last night. Whenever you hear them talking about how they’re ready for any letdowns, or any chance that they might be taking lesser teams for granted is nonsense: Watch out!! That’s when the crap starts flowing and the losses pile up. Its on the the coach and the leadership in that room to make sure nights like last night don’t happen. Obviously, something is missing in that department.

      • My point exactly!! Some on this site think we are, man are they being mislead. This is a team that has to put out an all out effert to win. If they don’t,then horse sh*t teams, like Calgary beats them, that is embarrasing!!!!!

        • Its not that they lost the game; shit happens. But after thinking that this team has turned a corner, they go out and once again lose to a supposed inferior opponent. At this stage of the season, this is unacceptable; even for all the rose colored glasses wearing, kool-aid drinking syncophants. In my mind, it sets off the alarm bells that nothing has really changed with this team. No,the sky isn’t falling. But there isn’t much sunshine coming through either.

  • I think the only reason A.V. won’t play Talbot is to prevent a goalie controversy.
    No reason Lundqvist needs to play so many games in a row when we have a more than capable backup. Ridiculous.

  • I thought the Rangers totally outplayed the Flames last night. This throwing the team under the bus stuff every time Lundqvist has a lousy game is wearing thin with me. The Rangers got subpar goaltending last night plain and simple. AV should of had Talbot in goal and have a rested Henk for the Canuck game. BTW, the Mark Giordano snap shot, a little leaguer shortstop would of caught that one. Henk still has work to do with his glove hand.

    • I agree…that 4th goal was atrocious. Lundy has 2 things to work on, Glove yes, Stand up goal tending . Goalies today flop into a butterfly at any time. Getting into a butterfly to early has many flaws. The other thing he needs to do is ask Brodeur to coach him on how to play the puck and be an asset for break outs…
      Couple of those goals were due to the fact that Lundy is not a break out passer and the Rangers got pinned in their own zone

      • I know you’re an old school guy, Leatherneck, but standup goaltending is gone for good. The statistical and technical advantage of butterfly keeping is undeniable.

        • I was not saying for him to stop the butterfly….not all circumstances require the butterfly. A perimeter shot with D close by he doesn’t need to butterfly. So I am saying is Don’t flop single every time, stay up some of the time too.
          Butterfly is a very good technique. To know when to stand and playing the puck to break out of the zone will just make him that much better than he already is.

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