Game Wrap-ups

Rangers right the ship against Carolina

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images
Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

After three straight dismal games, the Rangers righted the ship with two big points against a pretty bad Carolina Hurricanes club. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t what we would like to see on a regular basis, but it was two points, and that’s all that matters. Henrik Lundqvist was very sharp, finally returning to form after his defense failed him in the three previous games. Hank stopped 29 and then all three in the shootout.

The lone Rangers goal came from crashing the net, as Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard combined for a double deflection to tie the game in the third period. Rick Nash also had a strong game, which has come as no surprise this season. Hopefully this is a win the team can build on.

On to the goals:

Hurricanes 1, Rangers 0

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Sometimes hockey happens. There were no defensive breakdowns here, just an unlucky deflection off Chris Terry’s shot that Hank didn’t see.

Rangers 1, Hurricanes 1

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Zucc started this with a hard dump that Brassard was able to retrieve in the offensive zone. Brass and Chris Kreider worked down low until the puck squirted to Zucc, who got the puck to the point for Dan Girardi. Luck finally favored the Rangers here, as Girardi’s shot was deflected by both Zucc and Brassard for the tying goal.

Shift Chart:

Courtesy of war-on-ice
Courtesy of war-on-ice

With the last change, Alain Vigneault routinely got the Marc Staal/Kevin Klein duo out against the Jiri Tlusty-Riley Nash-Alex Semin line, while the Ryan McDonagh/Dan Girardi pair got Brad Malone, Brody Sutter, and Patrick Brown. That is something I find to be interesting. Semin is the best player for the Canes right now –due to all the injuries– so you would expect Girardi/McDonagh to get those shifts.

Also worth noting: Tanner Glass had two shifts in the third period, and none in overtime. Anthony Duclair had just one shift in the third and none in overtime. Matt Hunwick had four shifts in the third, and one in overtime.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of war-on-ice
Courtesy of war-on-ice

The Rangers dominated the puck possession game in this one, which comes as no surprise. New York had a 53.5% Fenwick close advantage, and an overall 55.5% Fenwick advantage throughout the game. There was that one stretch in the second half of the first period that the Canes really pressed, but the Rangers weathered the storm and just took off from there. The only goal the Canes scored was off a deflection too.

After this much-needed win, the very good San Jose Sharks come to town on Sunday. That will be a very good test for the Rangers, to see if they can build on this win. For now, let’s enjot the win, even if it wasn’t the prettiest.

"Rangers right the ship against Carolina", 5 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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10 Comments

  1. A win is a win, two points is two points. Hope they can build on better defense. Sunday will be tough.

    Regards- orange

  2. Agree with your remark, “Hopefully this is a win we can build upon”.

    At times they played great, with no reward, and at times I was ready for a nap. Let’s get a few 60 minute games under our belt guys!!!!!

  3. As mentioned, 2 points and a win are a good thing, but far from righting the ship. Still give the PP a failing grade as well as face-offs. I think the Tanner Glass benching should pave the way for either JT or Fast to return to the lineup. I do not think the NYR feel JT is a keeper.

  4. I am not sold that Miller is a lost cause. However Hayes has been more visible than Miller. Hayes is awful on faceoffs and needs lessons there for sure but he does see the ice well. I think the Rangers may be forced in making a trade for a center.

    I also think John Moore was the best defenseman last night. The Rangers Defensemen need to start shooting the puck low, lessen the chances of opposing goalies making saves with no rebounds.

    Malone looked real good on the Brass line. Glass should be in the line up against the Sharks but after that game bring in Miller or Fast.

    A win is a win. They should have dominated the score of this game. It didn’t happen but they found a way to get two points.

      1. Agreed he isn’t a lost cause, but sitting on the bench isn’t helping his growth. Let’s hope AV gives him a few more chances.

  5. The shift chart tells me Vigneault really wanted to win this game and Duclair sits in close games until his defense improves/he earns some trust. Tanner Glass, too, despite this supposed blind spot Vigneault has for him.

    1. It’s a trust thing, and Duke will earn it as he goes. As for Glass, well, I’m abstaining from the discussion. We all know my feelings.

  6. I hardly think the ship has righted. The Sharks will be a better test of that. Although defensive play is a problem, the same problem as last year is emerging. This team needs to score when the opportunities are there. One goal doesn’t cut it.

    1. Paultrony: Agreed. Why does every goalie look a Vezina Trophy blocking the net against the Blueshirts? That HAS to change.

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