Rangers blow three goal lead, lose in OT

The Rangers came out relatively strong against an Arizona Coyotes team that seems to be on the cusp of actually being decent. Then the third period happened. A pair of goals with less than seven minutes remaining sent the game to overtime, where the Rangers eventually lost 4-3. That capped a blown three goal lead and four straight goals for the Yotes.

It was ex-Ranger Derek Stepan that ended the game in overtime, a fitting end, as Stepan’s trade was the first in what would become the rebuild we are seeing now (although the organization didn’t have plans to rebuild at that time). The fact that the Rangers couldn’t hold the lead in this one was concerning. But as David Quinn said in the post game presser, it’s a tough loss that they need to move on from.

Rangers 1, Yotes 0

That’s four penalty killers on one side of the ice for Arizona. That will always be bad news.

Rangers 2, Yotes 0

The Yotes are a mess on the PK. This was another example of all four PKers on one side of the ice, leaving Zuccarello wide open for the feed. The initial pass didn’t connect but Kevin Hayes cut to the net, wide open, and Zucc hit him for the easy tap in.

Rangers 3, Yotes 0

This shot by Mika Zibanejad is great, but credit to Chris Kreider for providing the screen and then getting out of the way so the shot can get through. Kreider’s net-front presence is extremely underrated.

Rangers 3, Yotes 1

The Rangers did a halfway decent job on this PK, keeping the puck to the outside. But the man in front was left unchecked for a screen, and the blast from the point got through.

Rangers 3, Yotes 2

A great pass by Stepan, and an I don’t know what that was from Brady Skjei on defense.

Rangers 3, Yotes 3

Rolling puck knuckler from OEL and it evades Hank. Hank probably wants this one back.

Yotes 4, Rangers 3

First a great stop on Brett Howden, then the Yotes turned it and Stepan absolutely rifled it over Hank.

Shot Heatmap

Another game, another mess in front of the net. DQ’s system was supposed to stop this train wreck, but it looks like the Blueshirts are regressing to old habits. Worth noting that a good amount is coming from the right side of the ice, which means when the Yotes were in the zone, they were getting their shots against the RD of the Rangers. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the RD was performing poorly (it could be lack of F help), but just a statement that the shots came from there.

It was nice to see “vintage” Stepan. He’s still one of my favorite Rangers from the recent run of success. For the tankers, it was good to see only one point. But this was not a good look for the Rangers, allowing four straight goals and blowing a three goal lead. It’s not an easy schedule for the rest of this month either. This slide could turn from bad to ugly real fast.

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36 thoughts on “Rangers blow three goal lead, lose in OT

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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    Skjei handed them their win and Stepan’s points. Poor snow angles that he didn’t fully commit to. Than another poor showing in when he didn’t want to commit to the block. He screened Hank and made sure to cover his face rather than the poke check. Easily should have won 4-1 empty net goal, it was avoidable.

    I can’t believe people use to complain about how Giardi and McD would defend.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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    Skjei handed them their win and Stepan’s points. Poor snow angles that he didn’t fully commit to. Than another poor showing in when he didn’t want to commit to the block. He screened Hank and made sure to cover his face rather than the poke check. Easily should have won 4-1 empty net goal, it was avoidable.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    As it stands today and based on their play this year only, for the significant contracts:

    Bad contracts: Staal, Smith, Skjei, Shatty, Names, Zuc
    Good contracts: King, Zib, Kreider, Hayes

    Dave, correctly pointed out about DQ’s system, the problem is, the Rangers are not capable of implementing it.

    Very simply, the Rangers need to clear the $20M+ of the bad contracts listed above, trade Hayes, and load up on elite scoring FAs. Between them, Zib, Kreider, and Buch, and the young players, this would be a much better Ranger team.

    And the funny part? This is the easier part of the Rangers’ schedule, it gets worse from here. No coach can fix this mess.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    Dave you went easy on Hank tbh. The fault on the 3rd goal was squarely on Hank, therefore the game was on Hank even though we could spread the blame all around in this one. They had plenty of opportunities to put this game away, they didn’t … but that’s a save your elite goalie needs to make and does make, 99 times out of 100. Of course I don’t really care in the final analysis because the more games we lose the better our draft position, that’s the silver lining in all of this.

    • Dec 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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      “The fault on the 3rd goal was squarely on Hank, therefore the game was on Hank even though we could spread the blame all around in this one.”

      and let me ask you, if the Rangers were winning 5-0 in this game, like they should have been, would that 3rd goal matter.

      These are the types of things that annoy me quite honestly. With all the circumstances in the Rangers’ favor, and BTW, the Yutes are down to their 2nd and 3rd goalies, the Rangers s–t the bed.

      NO SOG through the first 5 minutes of the 3rd period. NONE. Let that set in for a second or 2.

      Don’t tell me about the goalie in this game without slamming the Rangers from minutes 15 to 60 in this one.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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        And lest we not forget the myriad of turnovers the team, especially the D, caused, like they were a bake shop.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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        In point of fact the tying goal was not an easy save. All out knuckler with plenty of zing on it and zero pressure on OEK. Actually thought Hank had more of a chance on the gwg. The real key is how mentally fragile this team is especially the defense. Skjei is completely lost out there.

        • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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          From that angle and that distance he needs to make the save. No screens, no deflections, etc.

        • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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          yep I agree, it was a vicious knuckler for sure.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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        Listen, I love Hank as much as the next true blue Ranger fan … but a bad goal is a bad goal and we can’t always pass the buck where Hank is concerned — which it seems some people do consistently. There are ebbs and flows in every game, no matter who you play it will be struggle. There will be mistakes, there will be pushback, there will be momentum shifts — this is true for the Coyotes, the Lightning, the Caps, etc. Don’t give me hypotheticals like IF we were winning the game 5-0 like we should have been, etc., because we weren’t. Their goalie played well, Howden hit the post, Hayes got hurt, etc. etc. etc. There will always be ifs ands and buts in every game.

        Bottom line, it’s 3-2 in the waning minutes of the game and Hank let in a softie. He makes the most money on the team and we constantly proclaim him to be elite, an elite goalie needs to make that save.

        • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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          Tanto, my friend, you’re one of the more reasonable posters here, and I hold you to a higher standard, so let’s start with that.

          Here are the facts of last night’s game:

          The Rangers had 3 days off.
          The Rangers had opportunity to practice.
          The Yutes are in the middle of their toughest road trip of the season.
          The Yutes played the night before.
          The Yutes are starting their 2nd string goalie, at best.
          The Rangers raced out to a 3-0 lead, less than halfway through the game.
          The Rangers were given PP after PP after PP to break the game apart, and guarantee the outcome.
          The Rangers had 18 giveaways. EIGHTEEN. And that’s the amount that were actually accounted for.
          They had 7 SOG in the 3rd period. SEVEN, against a team that was probably worn down from the night before and is awful defensively in general.

          So, if you want to say a goal against was a “bad goal” and lost the game or turned the tide or whatever you want to say? Then I will disagree with you. Because Hank should not even be a discussion about last night’s game, the way it was going and under the game circumstances.

          I am a Hank apologist, I am, but mostly because HE is the one who always keeps the team in games that they should not be in. And because playing goal is cause and effect. Any fan can rip a goalie apart for any goal, but totally ignores the facts and circumstances surrounding those goals given up.

          And if you watch the replay, OEL’s shot was a knuckler and dipped underneath the crossbar.

          If you add up the games that Hank has lost for the Rangers that the team should have won vs the games that Hank has won for the Rangers that the team should not have won, there’s no comparison.

          So yeah, I am a Hank apologist. Because he’s earned it.

          • Dec 16, 2018 at 11:53 am
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            I’m not a Hank hater and I don’t dispute anything you said re: the King and the team — although I have a feeling the Yotes goalie is better (played better) than you may think, even if you’re correct that he’s 2nd string at best (for now). Listen, Hank is only human … he let in a bad goal at a bad time. That’s it, nothing more. He stops that shot, like he would have done 99 times out of 100 and they win that game … he didn’t though and they lost. I’m just suggesting that we have to acknowledge his part in the loss the other night, that loss was a team effort and there’s plenty of blame to be spread all around … Hank included. So yes, you can acknowledge his greatness and what he means (and has meant) to this team, but you can’t whitewash the part he played in this one loss.

            PS: Other goalies also keep their teams in games — we should acknowledge the fact that Hill kept the Yotes in a game they shouldn’t have been in and made some big saves (along with a post or two) whe he had to.

            • Dec 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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              I do get what you mean and I know that you are not a Hank Hater, you were strictly focusing on that one goal at that particular time.

              But it’s funny that goals like that happen when teams like the Rangers let their opponents hang around when the opponents should have been dead and buried.

              The Rangers had exactly 3 SOG 5 on 5 in the 3rd and 13 SOG 5 on 5 for the game. That’s deplorable even considering how many PPs were in the game cutting into 5 on 5 play.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    How you feeling about that front office now richter? This team sucks and will always suck as long as we have the front office we do. Just cause it takes most of you “Fans” a season or two to catch up…not really my fault. I am just the stupid one. This was me last year after the season we had. Honestly felt Sather lucked into that team 2010 on. He just did such fire sale that something good had to come out of it. But as long as “fans” such as yourself keep going to games and filling the rafters with beer cups dolan will never make a change. Look at the knicks and rangers history….there is a reason these 2 franchises suck and have sucked for as long as they have. 73 for the knicks and 94 for the rangers. 45 years for the knicks 25 years for us. I mean the poor knick fans. almost half a century since they won a title.

    As far as good and bad contracts….Hank is the one player who I guess without consistency gets a pass on this site. I stated my opinion on hank’s contract and it is not liked so I won’t repeat it. Yes Krieder, Hayes, Zib, are playing somewhat up to what is expected from a 5 million player. But guys like Vesey and spooner and namestikov should be producing a lot more for what they are getting. And if continued at the pace they play at I likely see them out of the nhl or only getting 1 million a year offers.

    I hated the shatty signing since day 1. Smith I admit seemed like a decent signing but went south quick. Staal is still a shutdown defender for the most part but 5 million and a nmc really put a damper on that. Skjei was a huge leap of faith on a mostly unproven asset. That one will be the new Staal contract in years to come.

    So I see alot of solid decision making and a lot of great contract negotiations by this amazing front office. Like that second round pick last draft of a goalie. And you idiots backed it up. But play that decision out. Say the best case scenario happens and he becomes a solid asset ….when in the world has a goalie being traded gotten us anything in recent history? I would much rather be a team like pittsburg going into a season with a unknown goalie and hoping for good outcome then a team with a great goalie and no forwards worth a dime. To show you just how valuable the goalie position is …I will refer you to last year when chicago lost both goaltenders in a game and the street backup they hire to be at every game comes in and does not let a goal in. If good goalies are such a hard quality to find how come we keep finding these amazing netminders year after year to back up hank? As long as you don’t think a 5’8″ 130 pounder is a good 1st round goalie pick you will do all right. Or a blazing alcoholic for that matter. Bring back Mike Dunham as far as I am concerned as long as you have Crosby and Malkin in front of him we can win most games.

    I will say this another way. Tampa’s defense is half old NYR. They drafted talented forwards til the point they were overloaded and then traded the excess away for proven solid defensive assets. They had two good goalies and traded one away. We have 3 proven goalies right now. What good is drafting a goalie pick in the 2nd round?

    • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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      My feeling is that you have to give things a chance before coming to a conclusion.

      And I do stand fast to something that I have said all along: You have to see what this team looks like this time next year to really come to a conclusion. And with all my bashing for last night’s disgrace, I still feel that way, overall.

      But that being said, the Skjei contract is looking bad right now, the team is a disaster defensively, and they can’t play well on the road, much less win on the road (1 win in regulation in the last 23 /24 road games). Now the losses are coming at home. Which again, this year is not about winning, or it shouldn’t be.

      But this team is bad. There’s not one D man we wold keep defensively. Claesson is their best defensive D man, which tells you all that you need to know.

      The Shatty thing is unfortunate. He and McD was supposed to be the top pair for years, as Shatty needs a strong defensive partner. Who is that partner now? Claesson is the best fit. Not Skjei, not Staal, not anyone.

      But you can’t claim victory just yet. You may eventually, but not yet. Let’s talk a year from now, lol.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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        LOL victory is mine richter….I have been on here for 2 years bashing that stepan trade. And it has one more year for the skeptics such as yourself to feel it is a loss. He, if anyone, was a player and a mentality to give a nmc to. Unfortunate that smart guys upstairs saw it otherwise at the last possible moment. And got shafted on the trade.

        I don’t think the team is really all that bad. If it was we would be fighting for the cellar with LA. Look DeAngelo has promise and Pionk has been a hell of a surprise but both need to be seasoned alot more in the defensive end. There is a ton to learn defensively on both of them. Howden is amazing. I only see really bright things for him in the future. And Chytil is what we all thought he would be. So it really isn’t all that bad.

        I will make that same point I did last year…these kids need a leader to follow and look up to. And there just isn’t one. The best player is krieder and he has accomplished what exactly? There is no one on this team presently to take the pressure off the kids. I mean Quinn is putting out pionk and stall in the last moments of games and that is a hell of task for a offensive oriented defender.

        So there is definitely holes in this team but overall I try to focus on the positive when I watch them like these kids.

        • Dec 16, 2018 at 7:56 am
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          LOL, I hear you.

          Listen, I try to have faith and optimism with the direction of the team, but the Rangers do make that hard sometimes. I still believe that we have to wait until this time next year to get a clearer picture of where the team will be going forward. This year is a throw away year.

          But let’s summarize the recent moves:

          1) The Stepan trade. I know for a fact (through my buddy in AZ) that the AZ GM was drooling over Stepan, to get him in trade. So with that in mind, the “return” was not great. Sure the 7th overall pick who the Rangers used for a “200 foot player.” But 7 overall picks should be “elite talent” picks, not 4th line centers. So if the Rangers pick Middlstat over Andersson, would we feel better about the deal? DeAngelo is fine, not top pair, but fine under the right circumstances. Unfortnately, he’s been one of the better D men, but that’s a sad commentary about the Rangers’ D corps.

          2) The Nash trade. We end up with Lindgren, K Miller or Lundkvist (whichever way it was), and Strome (for Spooner). This is a winner.

          3) The TB trade. We have Howden, Hajek, and one of K Miller or Lundkvist, and a 2nd this year that turns into a 1st if TB wins the Cup. #1, and this is the most important thing IMO, WE did not have to sign McD to a $7M per contract, starting this year. We gave up JT Miller, who the Rangers’ FO couldn’t stand anyway. This is another winner in my books.

          4) The Grabner trade. We get Rykov and a 2nd that was used to get K Miller. WINNER.

          5) Pick Andersson and Chytil in the 2017 draft. 2 NHL players for sure, with Chytil possibly being special. Mostly good, though Middlstat and Chytil would probably would’ve been better.

          6) The 2018 draft. Krav over Wahlstrom? At first I was livid, but then I calmed down and realized that this is a win for the Rangers. Wahlstrom is extremely limited in his skills, meaning that he needs someone to set him up. Krav creates on his own and is a superior player. Picking the goalie in the 2nd round over picking Akil Thomas (who was projected to be picked in the first round) was idiotic IMO. The Rangers could have picked Thomas and then used one of their 3rd round picks to take Lindholm who certainly wold have been there in the 3rd round. The rest of the draft? Not bad. Keane is a sleeper.

          7) The McQuaid trade. Idiotic, giving up a 4th for him. There are no words for this.

          8) Smith and Skjei re-signings. It’s early, but it appears like 2 more stupid contracts for bad D men, ala G and Staal. The Rangers just don’t learn from their mistakes.

          9) The Shatty signing. Nobody’s fault IMO. It was a good deal for the Rangers based on the market, but the change of direction for the team and Shatty’s injuries make this a stinker, as of now.

          So, some good and some really bad. Let’s see what this trade deadline brings, the 2019 draft, and the 2019 offseason. Like I said, we have to wait, lol.

          • Dec 16, 2018 at 9:44 am
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            Tony

            Great analysis, agree with all except Shatty, whom I disliked from day one, and was vocal against that signing in the first place!!!!!!

            • Dec 16, 2018 at 9:48 am
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              Walt, of course you an others can disagree.

              But I wanted Shatty, so he could be paired with McD to form a true top pair. Of course, coach yo-know-who put them together for all of 2 periods, so that took care of that.

              I always knew that Shatty wold need a strong defensive partner but I also knew that the Rangers needed his skillset as well. New direction, so now the contract is crap. But make no mistake, based on market value, Rangers got a steal at the time.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    The caterwauling after a loss by a team that is in transition does not make sense to me. The rebuild is in its first year and has at least two years to go.

    • Dec 15, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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      Agree so much with you here, Peter. It seems like a third of the commenters here soil themselves with joy on a night where Hank posts less than a .930 SV% in a game. So much negativity from these commenters too, endless complaints about players who for the most part were always going to have bad seasons, and yet they’ll achieve another high draft pick for the Rangers. The hypocrites here want to have it both ways: they want a rebuild but also want to win every game, somehow. Their stupidity either prevents them from seeing how losing benefits the team in the long run, or (more likely) their real motivation is to talk crap about current Rangers because negativity is all they’ve got to offer.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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        Shithead has spoken

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 10:58 pm
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        Just so I am clear …I never wanted a rebuild. I have clearly and thoroughly stated the reason for this teams demise is solely on the back of trading stepan and the buyout of Giardi and getting or having absolutely nothing in place to replace these assets.

        It lead to Mac tanking his season, the team being flat out undermand at center, and just an overall upheaval of the team against AV and management. The amount of players who flat out dogged last year was astonishing. If they would have kept the heart and sole of the team here and just added a few pieces …likely would have been back to the playoffs. Chance of winning the cup slim to none but hey I never saw the Capitals doing it. And if you said last season at the beginning that the caps would win it all …good for you but I call horse dung.

        So I don’t want it both ways. I just want the front office held accountable like they try to do to the players that they pay these ridiculous contracts to. BOth Sather and Gorton should be fired and replaced with new blood. But again I digress…. I am just a idiot armchair GM who has been following hockey since I can remember.

        PS Hank is hank I have always stated that …he has afforded himself the luxury of retiring in the same spot he earned his reputation in. I know what I have in hank and I am just mad at his contract cause for a goalie it is way to high a percentage of the salary cap. I would be happy with hank at 5 or 6 million a year. Not that I don’t think he deserves more ….if there was no cap I would pay him whatever he wanted. But unfortunately there is a cap. And with that you cant do what you want with money.

        All these issues this team is having is solely based on the front offices management of the cap. We are rebuilding team and we are the 6th highest cap in the league. Just to put that in perspective the Jets and Leafs are each sitting idle with about 10 million in cap space. We have 2.5 million and we are bunch of nobody’s.

        • Dec 16, 2018 at 8:02 am
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          Spot on OD. Can’t build a team around a high Price-d goalie. Not these days. Sather made a mess of this place and going by his scouts or whatever you want to call them. Along with missed draft pics and stupid deals sending all our 1st and 2nd round picks for washed up nobodies we’re paying the price. Still got 2-3 years left of that to start heading the right way with the ship.Doooshay will be along any minute ?

          • Dec 16, 2018 at 10:49 am
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            There’s one simple flaw in all this “you can’t pay the goalie” opinions. And that is practically ALL of the recent Cup winners have had at least one #1 overall draft picks that are generational talents.

            SEVEN of the last TEN Cup winners are: Pens, Hawks, and Caps, ALL with at least one #1 overall picks on their teams. Only the Kings won twice without a #1 overall pick but they did have Doughty at #2 overall and Kopitar in the top 3 I believe in their respective drafts.

            Actually there’s 2 flaws. The 2nd flaw is that the NHL average for salaries for goalie tandems and % of cap space are both close to what the Rangers pay for their goalie tandems over the years, maybe the Rangers are slightly higher on the NHL average but not much, and certainly not much to make any kind of difference. Back up Ranger HOFamers Talbot and Raanta have been flops for different reasons for their respective teams, since being full time starters.

            So let’s assume that the Rangers SHOULD have $3M more in cap space with a lesser goalie. #1, what would the Rangers do with that cap space and #2, how many more games would the Rangers lose, since the signing of the King’s contract?

            This narrative is such BS because the bottom line is that the Rangers have no where near the playoff success that they’ve had from 2006 to 2017 without the King in nets. And not once has any anti-King Ranger fan answered my question as to what the Rangers would do with this extra cap space to make the team better than they have been with Lundqvist in nets. And that’s because I will answer for you: There is no answer. It’s all rabble and drivel.

            • Dec 16, 2018 at 11:07 am
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              Still leaves us without a Cup! That’s what everyone is shooting for in the end. In our scenario there’s no answer cause we always find a way to screw up the draft. Some guys that were gonna be top notch players either died(Cherepanov kid ) or career injury ( Blackburn, Sauer ) …. Or trade picks away for FA which who have we gotten in the past 20 years that worked ( Jags is probably about it )

            • Dec 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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              look I don’t have the time or the patience to go through all the moves that could have should have been made. We can all armchair GM and say we would have done this or that. You don’t like my version of things that is fine. Generational talent is fine and dandy. I 100 percent agree with this train of thought. But having a goalie as that generational talent got us exactly where? It is a flawed train. I mean how in the world does a team like the leafs have marner, nylander, taveras, matthews, and a goalie like Andersen and still be 10 million under the cap. They made nylander sit out for 30 games cause they didn’t want to overpay him. Which they probably still did. But again they are still 10 million under the cap. How is that possible as a NYR fan it seems amazing. Cause our front office sucks. And it is just that simple.

              3 million in cap space seems insignifcant now but it wasn’t 3 or 4 years ago. Many decisions were made cause we were so close to the cap limit. Add 3 million now and we have 6 million free a year to sign a elite sniper and not give away hagelin for a bag of pucks.

              I go back to the Nash trade. Essentially looking at just the numbers you traded 70 points of production for 60 points. Doesnt’ seem that significant of a difference but remember that is 2 players for 1. So who fills the gap in ice time. Who becomes your shutdown center? All this front office saw was NASH….not what he could offer or what we could lose. It was a bad trade and didn’t really change our playoffs hopes all that much. Just as boston found out last year…he really isn’t worth all the hype.

              Years and years of these type of narrow minded name grabbing trades is what kills this franchise. Names like Shattenkirk , Yandle, Staal, but if one thing is clear it is not that big name that gets you to the cup …it is the 17 guys around him that make it happen. I mean again it is clear as day with the likes of Vegas. Half those guys were on their way out of the NHL. But you put together a solid plan and follow through with it anything is possible. That is why I love the NHL. It truly is a team sport and without a team …you will never win anything.

              I really disagree with that train of thought about without hank we would have none of the success we have had. AS I just pointed out it is a team sport. There are alot of other bodies on the ice besides hank. Just ask Hank how he feels everytime one of them screens him from a point shot? He really isn’t that spectacular of a goalie all things being considered. He is a great angle goalie, probably one of the greatest to come since marty. And only recently has he started to learn how to make reactionary saves cause this team has been so bad. And his save percentage on shootouts is atrocious near the league bottom. More to the point about him being a angle goalie. I know about his early shootout percentage but this was prior to his pads being shrunk. Go to the year he had to shrink his pads and see how he has done since then. He sells seats and most on here idolize him but someone would have been able to fill his shoes in a heartbeat.

              • Dec 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm
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                It took the other teams a little while to figure him out cause no one ever played deep in the crease. He even tinkers with it cause sometimes back in the day he wasn’t but 6-12 inches of the goal line. Then he’s ventured out some more over the years.

        • Dec 16, 2018 at 10:00 am
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          Odielicious

          Doing what you would have wanted, we’d still be waiting for another 78 years to see a cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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    that sucked to watch

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    There is going to be growing pains but look at the lineup, plenty of youth even with the absence of Andersson.

    The Rangers took the foot off the gas petal on this one and squander their early led. They still need to be stronger along the boards and cycle the puck in the opposition zone. Keeping puck possession in the others teams end burns minutes and also they can’t score if they don’t have the puck.

  • Dec 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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    Rangers call up Boo Nieves.

    • Dec 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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      It could be a range of people that he could replace. Hayes and Zib we’re hurting. Fast got effed up. Beleskey got hurt in the middle of the 1st. It would be interesting if Lias would still sit out while Boo replaces someone like Fast. I know that Quinn doesn’t think Andersson is consistent enough which I would have to agree with.

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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        I would HOPE that it’s because someone is hurt, and to keep Lias in street clothes.

        • Dec 15, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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          I think St. Kevin Hayes’ stigmata is bleeding.

          • Dec 16, 2018 at 7:59 am
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            Ah, then this makes sense. Thanks MC.

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