Rangers still can’t score for Lundqvist, lose nail biter to Hawks

The Rangers seem to have a Henrik Lundqvist problem this year, the same way the Mets had a Jacob DeGrom problem this year. Much like how the Mets couldn’t score for Degrom ever, the Rangers seem to be unable to score with Lundqvist in net. DeGrom would’ve gone something like 32-1 if the Mets could score three runs with him on the mound. The Rangers are starting to have that issue with Hank, where they just can’t score with him in net.

The Rangers and Hawks played a close game with a good amount of back and forth action. The Hawks scored thrice (plus an empty netter), and the Rangers just once. Such is life sometimes. That said, the Rangers only put up one shot on goal in the third, which is simply not going to cut it. Here are some positives before getting into the goals:

  • The Rangers played very well in this one. They only managed one goal, but the defensive lapses were few and far between, and they generated some good chances on Corey Crawford.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was again spectacular, but if the club won’t score for him, there’s nothing he can do.
  • Neal Pionk had a strong game. He must have read the post yesterday.
  • Brett Howden is really good. I think we all overlooked him because of Chyilmania and Anderssonhype. But Howden is really making that McDonagh deal look better.
  • The first two periods were fun to watch until the offense died in the third.

On to the goals.

Hawks 1, Rangers 0

There’s only so much you can do when both defensemen run into each other. That sprung Jonathan Toews for the goal. Perhaps breaking up Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid would have some added benefit.

Rangers 1, Hawks 1

Pavel Buchnevich was offscreen here at the bad angle, but he was able to one-time the rebound right into the yawning net. That’s an under appreciated skill there, being able to one-time a fast moving puck with as much force and accuracy that Buchnevich did on that goal.

Hawks 2, Rangers 1

This was an unfortunate play for Brendan Smith here. He broke his stick, and was forced to cover in front without a stick. Alexandre Fortin read this and got in a better position to accept a pass by swapping to the back door. Smith followed, and was all over Fortin, but without a stick he could not stop the pass from Nick Schmaltz.

Hawks 3, Rangers 1 

This goal began with a blind backhand pass from Chris Kreider that was picked off in the slot in the offensive zone. Alex DeBrincat got a shot off the rush and then chased his rebound to the corner with Neal Pionk and Mats Zuccarello. Brendan Smith was charged with covering the man in the slot, but Vlad Namestnikov missed the trailer at the weak side, giving Artem Anisimov a prime chance. His chance was stopped, but Patrick Kane was crashing the net, having gotten body position on Smith to tuck it into the net.

Hawks 4, Rangers 1

DeBrincat empty netter.

And that’s a wrap folks. The score doesn’t really show how well the Rangers played through the first two periods. But the third period really did them in. It was a period they needed a goal, and they got a shot. Just one. That won’t cut it. On to California for the west coast swing.

21 thoughts on “Rangers still can’t score for Lundqvist, lose nail biter to Hawks

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 7:09 am


  • Oct 26, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Stay the course

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

    The Hughes chase continues!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Playing good teams on the road is asking a bit much from this team. If they come away with 2 points on the roadtrip, that is a win.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 9:30 am

      It’s amazing how Hayes, Fast, Kreider, Staal and Hank were all apart of that 2015 team. It must sting for those five to be apart of this. The league use to fear that President trophy team due to being road warriors.

      • Oct 26, 2018 at 10:31 am

        We are but a mere shell of that quality team. Time to continue the sell-off and gather 1st round picks. We could be in last place without all the players mentioned, so move ’em out and let’s start readying ourselves for the next draft.

        BTW, I am enjoying mid-west and west coast games. Too late to watch and get annoyed at the outcome.

        • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

          My mornings start at 6 am so of course I’m loving those games.

          I think that JG will go a different route on how to assemble a new core.
          It’s not going to be the old fashion way of losing to gain a top pick. It might be a shock to some of the fans but a 1st or a prospect might be added in order to get a nice quality haul. l think JG is going to sell off for a new core is what I’m saying.

        • Oct 26, 2018 at 2:48 pm

          Sal – if you were a Met fan you probably heard Ralph Kiner’s story about Branch Rickey.

          After the Pirates had a particularly miserable year and finished in last place Rickey wanted to cut Kiner’s rather formidable salary. Kiner of course objected. To which Branch replied something to the effect “Son, we can finish in last place with you or last place without you.”

          One of the best ever sports quotes.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Hank was sensational as always…This is what pains me about Hank staying put through this rebuild.. We are going to lose a ton of these type games this year….Objective: make sure that Bettman doesn’t rig the ping pong balls……no worse than top 3 pick next draft…

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    There’s a pretty fine line between winning and losing in the NHL. With the loss of McD, Miller, Nash & Grabner, the continuing diminished play of guys like Staal, etc. I’m OK with the lossses as long as the team evidences good efforts and competitiveness.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:19 am

      This is, unfortunately, the toughest pill for many people to take. They want to continue putting every move and every play under a microscope 10 games into a rebuilding season and under a completely new on ice structure.

      This is fine when fighting for a SC but not when the goal is to show improvement over the course of the season it doesn’t work.

      • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:20 pm

        100% correct. WAY too early for the minutiae.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Hey Dave, last night is proof to why Kreider will never be named captain in this league. Homie played like he just didn’t give a squat because he knows he’s on the trade block.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Might be sooner rather than later that Quinn losses some of the older players on this team. He has been singing this song about effort a bit much for a team that lacks talent. Time to get the kids from the AHL up here to see if they have any NHL talent.

    Team still needs a big-time scoring threat. Gorton has to deliver more than draft picks for the 2019/20 season. I wish Chytil was scoring, so at least I would have some hope.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I am not one to read up on rumors, but there is strong perception around the league that Hayes, Zucs and others be will be moved…..Kreider will also be of interest to the stronger teams in the league…….We will see what happens come trade deadline day, which is still many miles of spaghetti pasta away.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    “The Rangers played very well in this one. ”

    Did we watch the same game?

    In the last 30 minutes of the game…..1/2 of a full NHL game, the Rangers had 5….yes the same amount of fingers or toes you have on one hand or foot, shots.

    5. In 30 minutes of hockey. Even worse, four of them came after the 10:00 of the 2nd period and before the 20:00 mark of the 3rd period. 1 shot on goal in 20 minutes of the 3rd.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Given Dave’s write-up and the thumbs down, you must be mistaken. You clearly had the same defective game feed that I did. Without Crawford’s 79 highlight reel saves, the Rangers win this one going away.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      I didn’t see the game but read a few game recaps and the going theme was that the Rangers were woefully outplayed.

      Like I said – didn’t see the game so don’t thumbs down the messenger. ?

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    This is only the third game I have had a chance to see (after games 1 and 2), and was not encouraged. I don’t actually recall a scoring chance after the first period. The Ranger goal was the product of an excellent shift, but otherwise there was no offense. And the defense does not augur well for the future. Is Skjei always this bad? He and McQuaid did not collide on the first Chicago goal. Effectively, Skjei set a pick for Toews and took McQuaid out. The Skjei, Shattenkirk contracts look to be significant albatrosses. I feared Skjei would not be a top 3 Ranger left D by the end of his contract. I now suspect he will not be a top 3 Ranger left D at any time during his contract.

    I suspect one could create a significant highlight reel of Pionk misplays from this game if one wanted to. The kid is talented, tries hard, and makes things happen. I am optimistic about his future. But he is not yet a quality NHL defenseman. Sadly, perhaps only Smith and Claesson deserve that appellation. [Make no mistake. Pionk belongs in the lineup.]

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Just gonna keep this simple. When I watch rn Im really only focusing on chytil and howden and how they progress shift in and out. Every thing else is really a blurr. I’m sure I’m not the only one like that.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      I’ve been watching Chtil too and keep telling myself he’s only 19. I hope one of them becomes a scorer!

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