#FuelTheTank takes control in late tie, overtime loss

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In stark contrast to Monday night’s game, the Caps and Rangers played a tight one last night. Instead of the Caps jumping out to a big lead and then sitting back, they played a pretty tight game. The goaltending was solid, but both Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby allowed weak ones.

The kids played another pretty strong game. Neal Pionk, minus his gaffe at the end of regulation, had a spectacular game. Lias Andersson notched an assist. The team really turned it around after that poor first period on Monday, playing decent hockey for five straight periods. I’ll take it.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Caps 0

Sometimes you just need some good bounces. Kevin Hayes was parked in front and got a shot off that went off the post, off Holtby’s opposite skate, and then crossed the goal line.

Caps 1, Rangers 1

Jimmy Vesey and Filip Chytil combine for a neutral zone turnover which turns into a 3 on 2 rush. Nicklas Backstrom dished to Andre Burakovsky on the wing, who put a wrister through Hank. In all fairness, the turnover caused the goal, but this is one we have become accustomed to Hank stopping.

Rangers 2, Caps 1

John Carlson turned the puck over in the high risk area right at the blue line, and the Blueshirts turned it into a rush. Ryan Spooner came down the wing, Kempny had some horrid gap control, and Holtby should’ve had that. At least the goalies traded goals they should’ve had.

Caps 2, Rangers 2

Neal Pionk is on the ice blocking a pass and he’s not even in front of Lars Eller. That was just bad by Pionk.

Caps 3, Rangers 2

Three on three OT giveth, three on three OT taketh. Evgeny Kuznetsov took the puck for what seemed like forever, then placed a wrist shot perfectly inside the far post.

The Blueshirts got a point in a strong effort, but in the end fueled the tank with a loss. They still sit with the 10th overall pick, and can feasibly get to 7th if they fuel properly. But at least the kids played well.

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52 thoughts on “#FuelTheTank takes control in late tie, overtime loss

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 6:17 am

    The game was what I asked for, except for the point in the standings. To be honest, when they tied the game at two, I was a bit upset, forgetting that we don’t need the points at this stage of the season. For the first time in my life I wasn’t upset at a loss.

    It’s too darn bad that the team couldn’t have played with this kind of intensity all season long.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:23 am

      it’s funny Walt. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact these guys need to lose and not get points.And it’s hard to want them to lose. That said they looked pretty darn good vs one of the top teams in the league. There is going to be growing pains but there is a lot of talent out there and a lot more commitment than we had seen all year. The future looks bright.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm


        I have always called for kids to play, and getting rid of old relics, and retreads. Fun to watch youthful enthusiasm!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Mar 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

          I know you have and you have been spot on. These kids are pretty exciting to watch and have great commitment.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Good intensity. I think Andersson is ready for the NHL, Chytil may need another year or development and strength.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 8:12 am

      10 shots on goal in last 2 for chytil with little to no pp time. he’s still raw but I think his IQ is higher than when kreider started.

      Andersson is what he was advertised. A guy who will make the little plays. wont blow you away with speed/puck skills tho. (7th?)

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:51 am

        Kreider was playing against prep school kids when Chytil was playing against men. His HIQ is definitely greater than Kreider’s at the same stage.

        Re: Andersson, I still believe the Rangers were targeting Pettersson but he got picked 2 spots ahead. I was liking Mittelstadt at 7. That said, Andersson at 7 is a very good safe pick. What will make it good is if he develops into a 50-60 point guy while providing ALL the other intangibles — basically Stepan with more speed and more vocal leadership qualities. What makes it safe is that he clearly looks like a better center version of Jesper Fast at that age.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Chytil just needs a summer working with our S&C coach Reg Grant. Let him spend a summer in the NY area. He’s got the right size and weight already, it’s really just about enhancing what’s already there.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Thank the refs for only one poont. Missed the too many men call on Caps with 2:30 to go

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:43 am

      It’s not a penalty … Just shoukd have been a dead play and face off neutral ice.Only for a goalie change and he needs to be 5′ to the bench.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

        Per the NHL rule book: “If either the player entering, or the player exiting, plays the puck while the other is on the ice, the penalty is called. If the incoming or outgoing player is accidentally struck by the puck, it is not an infraction. In the NHL, substitution is allowed when the outgoing player is within 5 feet (1.5 m) of their bench.” Holtby was at least 10 feet from the bench and his replacement played the puck. Sure sounds like a penalty to me.

        • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:07 am

          Okay Joe … That’s great but you said player,not goal keeper.You watch the replay Holtby is close to the opposite gate,other guy comes out the other gate.
          As per RuleRule 71. Premature Substitution last rule next rule
          71.1 Premature Substitution – When a goalkeeper leaves his goal area and proceeds to his players’ bench for the purpose of substituting another player, the skater cannot enter the playing surface before the goalkeeper is within five feet (5’) of the bench. If the substitution is made prematurely, the official shall stop play immediately unless the non-offending team has possession of the puck – in which event the stoppage will be delayed until the puck changes possession.

          • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

            It was the right call

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

              You forgot that rule is if the other player doesn’t play the puck.

              • Mar 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm

                You forgot the goalie is involved
                n all other situations not covered in the above, a minor penalty may result for “too many men on the ice” (see Rule 74).

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Pionk as I have stated before is a Keeper

    Chytil creative….will out score Andersson and has size….great pick….even though during the draft I was like Whaaaat???

    Andersson just a super kid to have….IQ is off the charts….will lead this team in some capacity

    Tank to 7…..play well and lose….Wahlstrom/Bouchard awaits us

    I would love to keep Spooner over Namestnikov but don’t see that happening
    Spooner is going to get a 5.5 mil contract

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Keep both, trade both, keep one trade one … I can’t make up my mind tbh but if someone makes a good offer I’m fine with trading both of them. I don’t see either as integral to the rebuild.

      Pionk, Chytil and Andersson definitely look like keepers. Gilmour needs more seasoning (but he’s no youngster) and Sproul and O’Gara look like marginal NHL guys. Might be nice to see Lindgren get a couple of games … and see Lettieri replace McLeod. Hopefully in the next few games Chytil and Andersson get more playing time.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

      If Spooner is going to get close to that than Hayes is a 6 mill dollar player. Spoons will probably get just north of 3 mill.

      Namesnikov doesn’t seem interested and it’s hard to see where he would fit. I don’t buy what some fans think of him becoming a 2c and beating Hayes in the center depth charts. I think if Spooner keeps his asking price down than there’s a chance he stays over Namesnikov.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:59 am

        I agree with you that Vlad has looked disinterested in a number of games since the trade … and I agree, if Spooner merits 5m+ per year, than Hayes merits 6m … and we know that isn’t the case. Regardless I think Spooner merits circa 3.5-4m and Hayes 4.5-4.75m. If he wants much more than $4m I say punt or sign him to a shorter term deal and flip him at the next trade deadline.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Right on leather … U don’t notice Anderson on the ice like you do Chytil.I think both will be around for a good while and play darn well.Like Pionk , made a bonehead play at the end but that’s a learning curve.Cost is a point ! That we didn’t need in the first place.Nobody like my rule comments , like I made them ??

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Andersson is on pace for an 82 point season! No elite talent my a$$!

    … Hehe 🙂

    All in all though, that was a fun game. If we were making a push to the playoffs and we rattled off that win in regulation, that would of felt great leading into round one. But it’s better we only got the one point instead of two.

    Also, it felt like a playoff game out there and for our youngsters, that can only help their development. Going into Washington (a place we all know too well given our history with them in the past decade), with the Caps fighting for positioning in the standings. These are the types of games that are huge for Pionk, Andersson and Chytil.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Yeah no elite and we could have got him in the 2nd. He’s coming in as advertise, he’s a Swiss army knife type of player who is suppose to be like Fast, maybe a little better. Same people who claim him to be something he’s not are the same people who tried to pencil in Vesey as a top 6 forward and regular 20 scorer. I’m still waiting to hear from that crowd that Kreider’s elite.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:50 am

        Andersson has much better hands than Fast and is faster than Fast (hehe). Nice play he made last night to spring Spooner was the alert kind of play that Fast might make, so there I agree that is ‘like Fast’. But I disagree with your descriptions of the kid. He is only going to get better and his ceiling is much higher than Jesper’s because of his hands.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        NO frickin’ way he would last into the 2nd … actually the talk was LA was going to grab him at #11.

        • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

          Yup, the word on the streets was that the Kings were miffed when we took him that early; I believe that was reported that same night, or soon thereafter.

          • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm

            Yeah, I think you’re right that it was first mentioned almost contemporaneously with the pick — and that’s what we heard, who knows about what we didn’t hear. That doesn’t make the pick better but it pretty much indicates that the pick wasn’t much of a stretch. You can’t follow the general consensus of the gurus (or Central Scouting) too strictly, each one has their own biases that affect their ratings — especially after the first couple of picks.

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

              tanto….as long as Dolan and Slats leaves JG alone i’ll call it on him. With those other clowns, and my apologies to real clowns for disparaging them by including Dolan and Slats as clowns, at the table with him I call BS for their interference. Thats a NY trust issue I have.
              Trust JG

              • Mar 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

                Considering JG could have grabbed a GM job (with no interference) a year or two prior to Slats getting kicked upstairs and considering the organizational declaration prior to the trade deadline, I think JG is in full control. I take him at his word that Slats is someone that he just leans on for experience. JG is calling shots.

                Re: Dolan, yeah he’s a clown (the scary dumb kind, not the happy funny kind) but he seems to be more hands off when it comes to the Rangers (as opposed to the Knicks – disaster). I mean it’s kind of hard to argue against the decade plus long success of this team and we should be thankful for it — sure, a Cup would have been great but I refuse to dismiss what they’ve accomplished and I still think we could/should have won the Cup versus LA.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Off-season will be interesting one. Need a stud defenseman and more offense first players. Talk on pre-game that NYR may want to group some picks to move up. I totally agree that getting into the top 3 is a must. Afraid that we get more quantity than quality if we stick with our picks.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

      I see it a little differently. Either we get the #1 or we get a top 5-6-7 pick. Not sure I would overpay to get 2-3 as opposed to 5, 6 or 7. For example maybe the 5, 6 or 7 pick costs us our 1st pick at say 9 plus a 2nd round pick or perhaps our last 1st round pick. To move into the the Top 3 probably costs us ALL our 1st rounders. Whatever they choose to do, unless the ping pong ball falls in our favor, we’re probably looking at 8, 9 or 10.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:57 am

    If we are going to lose – can’t we do it without getting points?

    It’s crunch time for the bottom 15 – if we can pull of a good (bad?) end of the year run we can potentially move down (up?) a few spots or so depending on how our fellow tankers fare….

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      I’m not too worked up about it generally speaking; I understand that many of these players are auditioning for jobs and paychecks, and AV is surely trying to pad his resume even if he is confident he will get another year (please, for the love of all that is holy, no)…but purely selfishly as a fan, games like these do make me want to yell “Good lord, they can’t even tank properly!!!”. We don’t get too many shots at top ten picks in this organization.

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        You know 8, 9 or 10 but it’s the ping pong ball that ultimately will decide our fate. We could rise or we could fall, but hopefully we pull a Ewing.

        • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          I dunno, Ewing was a notoriously bad hockey player based on what I heard.

          • Mar 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

            a little humor eh? lmfao, good call E.

            Happy Holidays to all!

          • Mar 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm

            Some people would have drafted him into the NHL just because he’s BIG. I mean why care that he can barely skate and shoot the puck. 😉

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm

              *clapping slowly*

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

              Can Aaron Judge skate?

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

              Isn’t this similar to what the Fish Stick’s owner wanted? Just put a sumo wrestler in goal and you’re set. I love that it was an actual concept being proposed.

              • Mar 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

                Yeah well I’m just limiting it to and with the 1st pick in the 2018 draft the New York Rangers select …. that’s pulling a Ewing. 😉

        • Mar 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm

          sorry guys, just don’t like to lose by plan. breeds bad mind sets.

          • Mar 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

            The players don’t tank, but the organization can, in subtle ways. Using a far less experienced line up for player organization. Giving backup goalies more time to play. No one is asking anyone to lose, the kids seem to play hard and with passion. But they aren’t trying to use an iron man line up to claw for points either.

            Keeping an incompetent coach for the remainder of the season is part of organizational tanking as well. My kids can come up with better coaching. And I don’t even have kids

            • Mar 29, 2018 at 6:26 pm

              There’s a difference which is not at all subtle between losing on purpose and avoiding doing destructive things which might squeak out an extra win. You play Andersson and Chityl ahead of Desharnais and Holland because you think that will give them valuable experience that will come in handy next year, not to make the team intentionally worse. You try to spread the playing time around somewhat because that is better for the team long term, not because giving more ice time to weaker players causes losses.

              Maybe I’m wrong, but I think Edmonton’s strong finish as they pass other fading teams is the first step in returning the Oilers to the playoffs next year – that they are better positioned than other teams who will need to find a winning mentality from scratch, even if those other teams getter higher draft picks.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Lord help us all if AV survives.

    Things that worry me re: AV are 1) Sather, 2) Dolan.

    Then, things like Kevin Hayes saying in an interview that the players love AV.


  • Mar 29, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    At 7…I wouldn’t care as much if we didn’t get a top 3 pick

    Sure Dahlin would be superb…but Wahlstrom/Bouchard is a very very good pick too…nothing to cry over

    falling to 10 and selecting Ty Smith…I’ll probably break something….at 10 I would rather go Veleno….who could turn out to be a home run or bust pick…chattering teeth to keep tabs on Veleno….is he…isn’t he….times ahead with him

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      Agreed, then again there’s always that one kid that falls somewhere between 10 and 20 that ends up being if not the best kid in the draft, then the second or third. Somehow all the pundits and the teams drafting ahead of that kid’s selection “missed” him. That’s why drafting is as much art as it is science, well maybe not 50/50 … and there’s definitely an element of crystal balling it. Will that skinny beanpole kid with the real nice set of skills grow into his body without his skating suffering, etc. … So you really never know if you’re better off drafting 8th or 10th or 12th until well after the fact.

    • Mar 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Hey Leather…
      where do you think Chytil would fall in this draft if he came out this year?

      • Mar 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

        I would project him between 14 and 18th pick of the 1st round

        Lots of defensemen….he would be 7 and 10th forward selected

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Ty Ronning on NHL network tonight

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Caps easily scored the tying goal in the last minute of the game, it reminds me how the Rangers lost to the Senators in the playoffs last year…different players but the same inept defense and painful results do not change. That is why AV has to go as soon as possible.

  • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    WhathisNameoff should be moved in the off season. The Rangers already have plenty of perimeter forwards, they need a shutdown defenseman.

  • Mar 30, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Dave, calling out Lundqvist on a soft goal? Be careful, between Michilletti, Sam, and most fans, they’ll bite your head off.

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