Game Wrap-ups

Sloppy third period ends Rangers win streak at six

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Henrik Lundqvist and Corey Crawford were the stories of the first 40 minutes in what was actually a fast paced game. The Rangers got on the board early with a Mika Zibanejad goal, and looked to be rolling. It was Crawford who made some stellar stops to keep the Hawks in it.

In the second period, it was Hank’s turn to keep his team in it. He made multiple brilliant saves to preserve a 1-0 lead, until an Alex Debrincat shot snuck though his wickets before the period ended.

Then the third came. Within five minutes it was 4-1 Hawks and Hank was resting. There were multiple defensive breakdowns, as all three goals came from the slot area. And the win streak was snapped.

On to the goals.

Rangers 1, Hawks 0

Chris Kreider won a battle behind the net, and flipped a backhand pass to Mika Zibanejad cutting to the slot. Zibanejad wasn’t picked up at all, and Kreider’s pass was on the money.

Hawks 1, Rangers 1

Alex Debrincat split two Rangers in the neutral zone and gained the offensive zone with speed. Marc Staal forced the shot, which is the right play. Hank got 95% of it. Unfortunately that 5% rolled into the net.

Hawks 2, Rangers 1

Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz forced Ryan McDonagh into the turnover in the corner. Three guys eyed the puck while no one picked up Artem Anisimov cutting to the net. Schmaltz’s centering feed did take a lucky bounce off Kane’s stick right to Anisimov. Regardless, one of Zibanejad, Holden, or McDonagh should have picked up Ansimov.

Hawks 3, Rangers 1

John Hayden was in the slot, but Kevin Shattenkirk got caught sleeping a little. Hayden got a step, but Shatty still tied him up a bit. Poor place for a rebound by Hank too, and no one in front went went to clear the puck. Hayden was given a ton of room by the Fs before crashing net as well. Just a lapse all around.

Hawks 4, Rangers 1

Another goal, another lapse in front. No one put a body on Anisimov. He had all day to bury the rebound. Hank was given the rest of the night off after this one.

Hawks 4, Rangers 2

The Rangers woke up a bit here. Hayes got a successful Royal Road pass across to Rick Nash. Nash put the puck in the slot, where Mats Zuccarello dove to get the puck over to Hayes at the back door for the goal.

Hawks 4, Rangers 3

Nash recognized the need to take a chance here, and read that the shot from the point would go wide. The puck wound up out of the zone, and his risk led to a partial break. Crawford probably wants this one back.

Hawks 5, Rangers 3

Anisimov gets the third period hat trick after Richard Panik made a good cross ice pace to Nick Schmaltz. Anisimov then burned McDonagh and Shattenkirk on the way to the net.

Hawks 6, Rangers 3

Jonathan Toews empty netter.

Score Adjusted Corsi

This was a fairly even game until the third period. It was actually fun to watch until the flood gates opened and the slot area was given away for free.

Scoring Chances (not score adjusted)

The Rangers had a good amount of chances in this game. It’s important to note this, since the offense clicking nicely. Crawford came up big for the Hawks. But it’s worth noting that the defense was a train wreck after the first period. Considering how Joel Quenneville deployed his lines, that’s worth noting.

Shift Chart

Here’s the shift chart. Quenneville was specifically targeting Staal/Kampfer with his top line regularly. There’s nothing Alain Vigneault can do about that (aside from….ok dead horse). But there was no reason for Kampfer to be on the ice down three and needing goals. Or down one and needing to tie. Really there was no need for him to play when they needed offense.

All win streaks come to an end, so there’s no use crying over spilt milk. Would have been nice to see the slot area covered just a wee bit more. Let’s hope they rebound in Columbus.

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  1. 5 minutes and the game is over. Hank should have never let that first goal in but after seeing what the next 3 looked like then I don’t know if it mattered.

    The goal that really pissed me off was the 4th Hawks’ goal where McD and Staal were both there and neither one decided to pick up Ani, for an easy goal. That was awful.

    Also, this game shows that if the Rangers do not score on the PP then scoring will not come easily 5 on 5. The lack of PP scoring in the first didn’t help the cause last night. Up 2 or 3-0 after the first probably would have changed the game drastically.

    1. Guys left alone in front of the net. This constantly happens. For years now…….WHY??????

      When does Smith get another shot? Or pionk, or graves etc etc in place of stall, kampher, holden?
      When does letteri come up to play for DD??? Who contributes NOTHING!!!! Even stepan was better than him!

      1. Smith should get in soon I would imagine, my friend. Or get traded, whichever comes first, lol.

  2. I thought all the missed chances in 2nd, specifically on those odd man rushes where they didn’t even get shots. They got outshot 16-8 and the hawks took control that period

  3. Back to the drawing board for the Rangers. Again it’s the guy without the puck who kills you everytime, in other words the player left wide open.

    And while fans jump on the dmen for not covering their checks they forget that the center ice man needs to come all the way back and take his man. Defence is a team concept. The Rangers are a much better team then they were at the start of the season. However, if they wish to make the step they have to be better defensively. This means playing attention to detail.

  4. Three guys eyed the puck while no one picked up Artem Anisimov cutting to the net.

    This kind of thing always amazes me. It doesn’t take three or four guys to cover the guy behind the goal line with the puck and the guys on the other side of the net can’t do much with him anyway. It’s the guys coming in towards the net that are the bigger danger. Yet, everyone (not only the Rangers) seems to get mesmerized by the puck and forget about picking up their checks.

    1. I agree, but part of this is the natural outcome (and inherent problem) of Vigneault’s man defense system down near the goal. If a high-skill team like Chicago or Pittsburgh is the opponent, their forwards are smart & talented enough to keep moving without the puck when they are near the goal. The Rangers’ dmen and forwards are required to follow their men, and that motion consistently pulls Rangers away from the front of the net, allowing sudden gaps in coverage that either open shooting lanes or prevent Ranger defenders from clearing rebounds as efficiently as they could. It also leaves them vulnerable to skaters following the play down to the goal. Ranger defenders have to follow their man while simultaneously being aware of the puck—and this leads to indecision and poor positioning.

      This flaw is the achilles’ heel of Vigneault’s system, and its why he’s never won a Cup, in my opinion—the system takes from as much as it gives to the Rangers’ chances to win games on a nightly basis.

      1. Well said MC….
        I have been saying for years now, that we leave guys wide open in front of the net and it is never fixed. All the rangers players have to remember is to stay between your opponent and our net! Simple as that! If this is because of AV’s system, then he needs to change it
        4 years ago! You are right Pitts always kills us with goals from in close. Will AV go his entire career making the same mistake over and over again!
        On the subject of AV…..why does a superbly talented player like Hayes only have 4 goals and 8 points in 19 games???????

  5. “Considering how Joel Quenneville deployed his lines, that’s worth noting”.

    “Quenneville was specifically targeting Staal/Kampfer with his top line regularly. There’s nothing Alain Vigneault can do about that (aside from….ok dead horse)”.

    I take two things out of this:

    Coach Q made adjustments, our staff choked their collective chickens, no adjustments to speak of.

    It may be time for AV to bury the ax, and start playing Smith.

    We live and die with the PP, and last night be died by it. Had we scored on the four minute PP, the game would have taken on a different complexion. The Hawks killed it, and big MO swung their direction……….

    1. 6-1 in the last 7. Not too concerned!

      Finkle and Einhorn. Finkle and Einhorn. Einhorn is Finkle! Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man! Ahhhhhhhh.

      1. Didn’t mean that as a reply to your post Walt. I guess I didn’t scroll down far enough.

    2. Coach Q has been juggling lines and mixing and matching for weeks, as the Hawks have struggled. He’s praised for it.

      AV was juggling lines and mixing and matching during the Rangers rough stretch. He was crucified for it.

    3. good post bro.

      I believe the Staal-Kampfer pair was out chance 18-4 while 5 on 5. No one on the coaching staff notices?

  6. Smith in for Kampfer next game, and lets hope he shakes the rust off early. Could have done more on the PP, but didn’t.

    3 day layoff then travel makes a team lackadaisical.

  7. They could use Smith just for clearing the crease at this point. There have been a few goals this year where our D-men are there and just not doing anything while the opponent bangs away at rebounds. On Anisimov’s goal, it was 1 vs 3 right in front and he gets 3 tries at it until it goes in. It’s happened more than once.

    Shatty’s been good and good for the PP obviously. But he was exposed defensively all over the place last night. He should’ve picked up a few assists for CHI in that game. Milbury broke it down nicely after the game…

    1. As much as I like Shatty, he is a defensive liability, always was, and always will be!!!

      1. Everyone is a defenseive liability at this point. At least he makes up for it with his offense.

          1. McDonagh is having a terrible year……out of position too often, gambles in offensive zone, leaving players open in front of net…….I said from preseason after shatty arrived, mcdonagh is trying to show he is the best defenseman……but its screwing up his game….

          2. trying too hard when the team was off to a terrible start and hasn’t recovered his game since

        1. Hat

          He has always been poor defensively, so what’s new? At least Mac, and Staal were good in the past, can’t say that about Shatty with a straight face now can you?????

      2. While it is probably true in general, but to finger out Shatty last night is not fair. Three different D pairs were on the ice for CHI goals that were scored from inside the crease. On the second Anisimov’s goal Stall was standing right behind him and just could not move him away from the crease.

      3. Walt , have to agree and lets not forget Mac D was on for half the goal against. Cant have that from our supposedly best D men.

        1. Everyone will have a poor game, or two. Mac is experiencing a down year, no doubt about it. I wasn’t trying to point to Shatty as the only problem last night, the entire defense played poorly!!!!!

          1. Maybe we should reacquire the ”’undertaker”’ he certainly played better than these three any time he was on the ice in a rangers uniform, and the crease was ALWAYS clear with him playing!!!!!!

          2. Rich

            Sorry my friend, that ship has sailed, and I won’t kick a dead horse……..The game is different, too much speed, and DMR lacks that, but I loved him just the same!!!!!!

    2. On the road, good coaches will use that last change to punish our poor defensive pairs. Staal, Kampfer, Holden and Shatty will all be targeted.

      Until Smith comes back into playoff form, this will be the norm. We need to do what we can and make adjustments wherever possible. Almost have to put Nieves and Fast out there with our poorest defensive pair.

    1. I thought from the pre-season that Vinni Lettieri showed promise. He is an old school center in a 22 year old body. He is top scorer on Wolfpack. You see what Anisimov did to us last night. ’nuff said

      AV makes hockey too complicated….

      1. Spot on comments playground 9,
        I have been saying the same thing since preseason, Letteri looked very comfortable playing with the veterans here, fit right in well, played well, contributed as if he has been here for years!!!!
        DD and Carey are not good players and wouldnt make the vegas knights roster!
        Eugene is right , DD should be waived…….

  8. For all the great articles and advanced stats about Hank’s game, this game is the perfect example of the eye test being just as important. Let me start with I love Lundqvist for what he has done, meant and how he has represented the Rangers. This was probably the best game he was having all season, the kind of game in the past where you would say they are not beating him tonight no matter what. But then that goal at the end of the second period. A goal that the old/young Hank would never have given up. It changed the complexion of everything!!!!
    You can’t find that in the corsi or any other advanced stat. The sag from the Rangers after that goal and the confidence in the Hawks can not be measured, it kind only be seen and felt. Again there is a place for advanced stats in hockey, but it’s not like baseball where it is a constant one on one battle. This is a team sport and a sport where goal tending good or bad changes everything. Sorry for the long winded reply, but I just find it sad to watch Hank get old.

    1. The Rangers were our shot, out attempted, and out played from the last few minutes of the first through the first 8-10 min of the third.

      No that goal didn’t “deflate” the Rangers. They already were deflated. I challenge you to look at the shot chart and see just how many shots they had within 10 feet of the Rangers net.

      1. I accepted your challenge and the closest shot on goal in the first two periods was Ryan Hartmann’s snap shot from the left hash mark. Not close to 10 feet out. Look it up. I guess we all see what we want to see

        1. That’s about 18ft by the way and it came at 10:26 of the second period. Anymore challenges John B ?


          Feel free to adjust the chart. If the 44 5×5 shot attempts from Chi, 22 were from in tight.

        1. Marty Brodeur’s weakness were wraparounds but they will both be in the HOF. In the immortal words of Taylor Swift, Why you gota be soooo mean

        2. Great line, King !!!!!!
          I will be laughing until tomorrow morning!!!! Thanks!!!!!
          Many here have a hard time accepting the fact, that, although Hank was once a great goalie…… father time has caught up to him!!!!!
          But he still remains a CLASS ACT !!!!!!!

        3. There is no goalie, none, I repeat none, that doesn’t give up bad goals.

          Broduer would give up at least one every game against the Rangers.

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