Game Wrap-ups

Rangers steal a win in Columbus on three goals in 1:17 in the third

AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Boy was this game fun in the third period. The Blue Jackets are a tough, physical team, and this game had that feel to it early on. There were hits, there were penalties, there were borderline hits that went uncalled, and there were tempers flaring. But at the end of two periods, it was still 1-1. It wasn’t until the worst rule in hockey (puck over the glass) reared its ugly head that actual scoring took place.

The Rangers, down 2-1 late because of the penalty, scored three times in 1:17 late in the third to seal the deal. J.T. Miller and Oscar Lindberg combined to tie the game. Then Kevin Hayes caught Sergei Bobrovsky sleeping. Then Mats Zuccarello sealed it with his second of the game. It was so fast, I had trouble keeping up with the gifs.

As always, you can view the full videos on our video page here. All GIFs are on,filtered under yesterday’s date. On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Blue Jackets 0

mats zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore were in on the forecheck to overwhelm the Jackets, specifically David Savard and Gregory Campbell. They forced the turnover to Zucc in slot, who put a nifty backhand over Sergei Bobrovsky’s blocker short side.

Blue Jackets 1, Rangers 1

atkinson goal

There’s a lot on this goal. It looks like a simply mishandling of the puck by Derick Brassard, and that is certainly the major contributing factor. However Keith Yandle is skating to the zone, thinking the Rangers will keep possession, so he’s trapped. Cam Atkinson is behind Dan Girardi, who is also assuming retained possession and just got on the ice. Once Brass lost the puck and Brandon Dubinsky recovered, he made a perfect pass to Atkinson, who deked Henrik Lundqvist out of his pads.

Blue Jackets 2, Rangers 1

saad goal

The worst rule in the history of hockey struck again, as Ryan McDonagh cleared the puck over the glass. The Blue Jackets went to work, and well, there’s not much the PK can do here. They played it well. Saad got the puck at a danger zone, Nick Foligno was in front, and he had a clear shot over Hank’s blocker.

Rangers 2, Blue Jackets 2

The CBJ defense is not that good. I said it in the preview, and I meant it. J.T. Miller pressured Kevin Connauton into a turnover, as he whacked the clear out of midair. Oscar Lindberg collected the puck off the boards and just beat Bobrovsky blocker side.

Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 2

Bobrovsky was just sleeping on this play. This is a goal that shouldn’t happen.

Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2

A strong forecheck from Brassard and Rick Nash set this goal up, as the pressure forced Jack Johnson to kick the puck out of the corner, right to Zucc. Zucc collected it and beat Bobrovsky high blocker.

Score-Adjusted Shot Attempts

CBJ dominated the possession game
CBJ dominated the possession game

Safe to say that CBJ dominated the possession game here. Even when accounting for score effects, the Blue Jackets really took it to the Rangers in terms of shot attempts. But single game samples are more or less a weighted coin flip, and mental mistakes matter. The Rangers scored three times in 1:17 late. Those are mental mistakes.

Scoring Chances


As expected, CBJ dominated the scoring chances too. These chances are at even strength, but it’s worth noting that the Rangers did a good job flatlining the Jackets in the third. Of course, the Rangers appeared dead in the first. That’s almost the entire period without a quality chance.

Individual Corsi

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Again, single game sample are tough, but this matches with the score-adjusted Corsi chart above. Only McDonagh was in the positives for relative shot attempts. But this still only indicates a weighted coin flip advantage. If this becomes the norm, then it becomes an issue. But for one game, it is what it is.

Shift Chart

shift chart

This is nice to see. No one got shut down in the third. This is something the Rangers didn’t have last year. They can play all four lines late in the game.

Shot Locations

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This is consistent with both Corsi charts above. CBJ just had more shot attempts. A lot came from inside a danger zone too. But the Rangers got the two points.

The Rangers have the tail-end of the home-and-home with Columbus tomorrow night in their home opener. They have opened the season 2-0 with a solid win in Chicago and a gutty win in Columbus. Both are playoff teams. Can’t ask for a better start to the season.

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  • Would like to see the scratches get some minutes tomorrow. Well not glass but you know etem and the undertaker. It’d be nice to see if they can match up big for big or just don’t mess with a good thing

  • Last night was a ROUNDERS game:

    “Hangin Around, Hangin Around……. this team has Alligator Blood” … Teddy KGB

  • Turnovers are killers!!!

    Which was worse?

    A. Brock Nelson’s T.O. which led to Artem Anisimov’s shorthanded goal.

    B. Kevin Connauton’s T.O. which led to Oscar Lindberg’s game tying goal.

    • Neither, the turnover Johansson committed when he kicked the puck to a wide open Zuccarello in the slot was worse. The two you mentioned look more like bad bounces. The (lack of) effort was a bigger reason that goals were scored on those two plays. IMO.

  • What’s the over/under market on how many more games before AV moves Miller onto Nash’s line?

    The kid influences games and makes plays.

  • Great late game heroics aside, I’d like to start seeing more time in the offensive zone consistently. It’s only two games, but too many shot attempts against early on.

    Not to be a wet blanket though, the Rangers are a force with their speed and youth.

    Two sides to the coin.

  • This was a test for us last night, young, strong, big, fast team, with good goaltending, that failed them in the last four minutes of the game.

    Boll, and Bourque were nuts last night, checking anything that moved, and Folingno almost went to fist city with Mac truck late in the game. For a period of time I was worried that we would not win, but that explosion of goals in the end was just majic.

    Kreider put a nasty clean check on one of their players, the force of it put the dude on his butt, and at first I thought he broke the guys rib when they said it was an upper body injury. The man is a moose, he is almost illegal to play against.

    Tonight’s game I think AV should bring in Mc Ilrath in place of Boyle. He could be just as effective, and could be our answer to the physical stuff dished out last night. I can’t believe how big a pair of gonads Zucc has, he didn’t back down from any of it, but he shouldn’t have to respond that way, he’s just too small, and needs a big nasty guy around to discourage it. Bottom line, great comeback with 4 minutes left, 3 quick goals, and a big win over a very good team. LGR!!!!

  • Though not a heavy team, Rangers seem to be able to withstand the onslaught of heavy teams (think Caps last year’s playoffs). Their counter strike attack also works against a heavy team. Though less mobile as a whole and not as good passers, our D corps excels at stick checks, positioning, and shot suppression and can frustrate the bigger teams that are not quite as fleet of foot.

    Against a “Lightning fast” team I’m not so sure about our D match ups.

    I’ve been thinking about the debate about the D corps we have been having, particularly Staalsy and Gi, who fit the mold described above. Our record of holding late game leads has to be at or near the top of the league. It would seem the same skills that make us such an effective PK defense come into play. In a tie game, however, our D does not have the skill set you might like to drive possession and scoring chances.

    In sum, I’d love to see the data on holding leads, tie score corsi, and come from behind, for our D.

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