Game Wrap-ups

Rangers light up Canes for second win of 2019

The Rangers came into last night’s game against Carolina with just one win in 2019. They changed that in a big way, completely dismantling the Canes with a 6-2 victory. This was a kid and trade bait dominated victory, which bodes well for the future and for the trade deadline. Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo each had a pair of goals, with Boo Nieves adding two assists. Mats Zuccarello had three assists to continue his tear. Mika Zibanejad (2 goals, 2 assists) and Chris Kreider (2 assists) also contributed in big ways.

Let’s not forget Henrik Lundqvist, who of course needed to make a ton of saves. The King stopped 34 of 36 shots, many from high danger areas, to help secure the win. The win puts a wrench in the Canes desire to make the playoffs, which is nice. It’s been a while since we’ve been spoilers this early on. It’s weird. And hey, the kids produced!

Rangers 1, Canes 0

Tony DeAngelo got things going here. The Blueshirts won the faceoff and DeAngelo just put it on net. This shot splits the two guys in front perfectly.

Rangers 1, Canes 1

Saku Maenalanen took advantage when Marc Staal’s pass to Brett Howden was muffed.

Rangers 2, Canes 1

This was a set play, and a bad play by Curtis McElhinney. The dump in, and Kreider beat everyone and McElhinney to the puck, and just slid it in front to Zibanejad for the empty netter.

Rangers 3, Canes 1

Zuccarello with the steal to start the play, then Zuccarello being Zuccarello with the blind behind the back pass to Zibanejad to finish the play.

Rangers 4, Canes 1

This was some pretty passing with the man advantage. Buchnevich found the seam in the slot and Zibanejad/Zuccarello combined for the pretty passing play.

Rangers 5, Canes 1

A wide open passing lane to Zibanejad starts this play, and when the initial shot doesn’t get through, Buchnevich is in front to bury the rebound.

Rangers 5, Canes 2

Maenalanen made a pretty nice deflection in front here. He was getting mauled in front, and still got a stick on it. Good play here.

Rangers 6, Canes 2

I have no idea what Carolina was doing here, the entire team had their controllers unplug. Nieves made a nice play for the turnover and to start the rush, and then DeAngelo came back after about 10 minutes to finish the play while Carolina sat there and watched.

Shot Heatmap

There’s a big shot differential here. I usually say something like this is due to scoring effects, but the Rangers have been bad with this all year. So let’s just call this par for the course.

This was a satisfying win. Seeing two important (or should be important) kids putting up multi point nights is always good. Plus seeing Zuccarello being Zuccarello is always nice. Good to see he will go out with a bang. The Blueshirts have two more games before they take nine days off.

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  • The Canes must have been tired from winning 8 out of 9 prior to this game.

    Oh, and of course Quinn’s yelling helped as well.

    I didn’t notice Lindgren at all, which is a good thing.

    Oxy moron: Buch on the PP, where he scores twice, and the 4th line with McLeod, where he looks pathetic.

    Zuc got the memo from the FO, it appears. Amazing how the players can turn it on and off, just like that.

    Hank look rested and like himself, a few unbelievable saves when the Canes were pressing.

    Aho is a fantastic player. So is Ferland.

    4 goals on 14 shots, you think the Canes still have goalie issues?

    • Tony

      Good points especially:

      “Oxy moron: Buch on the PP, where he scores twice, and the 4th line with McLeod, where he looks pathetic”.

      That was the very point I made yesterday, yet this teacher we have behind the bench sees fit to play him with the likes of Mc Cloud, it’s a joke.

      Buch also may have read some of the comments made about him yesterday, because he got two goals on the PP, maybe they should have a thread everyday to keep him on edge. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ADA, and Lundgrun played a decent game, low key, but steady for Lundgren. He didn’t look too nervous considering it was his first NHL game, at home, with family visiting.

      Staal looked like the pylon that he is especially on that give away goal against us. His departure can’t come soon enough.

      Zucc looked like someone put a fire under his seat, played a very good game, with 3 assists!!!!!!

      • Walt, I don’t know what to make of this coach just yet. I think that we have to wait until the vets are shipped out to find out.

        But putting Buch on the 4th line, no matter how bad he’s playing, seems very anti-productive. I mean it seems like Quinn is proving himself wrong by playing Buch on the 4th line and but then putting him on the 1st PP. I don’t know what goes on in coach’s thought process sometimes.

        I thought Lindgren was steady and quiet. So a good first game.

      • Walt,
        Svechnikov also made Shatty look like a street sign. As much as I like Shatty as person(great off the ice soul by the way), I hope someone comes calling for his services…..Our D next season will look much different than this year’s group. D has to be faster and physical……

    • Damn you Canes!…echoing on Zucs…who is happy that he will be going to a playoff team…the vets picked up there game last night…..most are on auditions so it behooves them to continue to play well and raise up the value a bit….Hank with some tremendous saves…..wish he would trade his NTC and get another shot at the cup…

      • This is the team that won the last 8 out of 9 before last night? That must have taken a lot of them for the Rangers to beat up on them, lol.

        Zuc, even him, huh? geez…

    • The oxy moron call is perfect. I was watching last night and had the same WTF moment.

      I didn’t get a chance to ring in on Buch yesterday but here is what I see.

      The kid does not look happy. Never, ever have seen him smile and Joe Mich even said something to that effect last night as well. Sittoo mentioned below he is moody but that would imply he actually has some good moods.

      I really think he needs a comrade to make him feel more comfortable. Vlad is Russian but grew up in the US and I guess Kreids speaks Russian, if that counts. I truly believe he needs a fellow Russki to pal around with on and off the ice.

      Hopefully we score a Hat-Trick on the Russian Roulette trio of Kravtsov, Igor, & Rykov next year. They cannot come soon enough.

      One other thing on Buch – During the Columbus shellacking on Sunday, Buch was coming off the ice and was looking to get a seat on the bench. We see all the time how players shift to make room for others. On this occasion, Buch was right in front of Vesey, seemingly looking to sit, and Vesey just looked at him straight in the eyes and did not move. The camera cut away right then so I did not see what happened after.

      I don’t know if anyone else caught it but it was definitely a curious moment. But it makes me wonder about the chemistry on the team. Buch being the lone Russian on the team that a surplus of Boston connections. I might be reading more into it, but again it stuck me as odd moment on camera.

      • I would not be surprised if Buch is a bit isolated because of both his Russian and potentially prima donna personality (or perception thereof). Vesey’s personality traits which reek part smart arse, part entitlement, and part prima donna (or I am the smartest man in the room syndrome) doesn’t help that situation or relationship either. I have more issue with the latter as its not Vesey’s responsibility to police. I would also venture to guess their a bit of jealousy there as well: Vesey doesn’t have Buch’s skill and he probably thinks he goes into corners harder than Buch thus more deserving of consistent Top 9 minutes. Not sure I buy into that view. In the end they are teammates and unless there is a Patrick Sharp / Pinauf issue you have each other’s back during a game. Vesey should be smarter than that as Buch can make Vesey (look) better but not the other way around.

      • wow, that is something that I did not notice, with Buch and Vesey. It seems like a small thing bt it really isn’t.

        It does appear like Quinn has the ears of the FO and it also appears like the FO will get the kinds of players that Quinn wants. Likewise getting the players he doesn’t want, off the team.

        Which then begs the question as to whether Quinn is even capable of knowing what the right type of player is for playing in today’s NHL. Because the Cody McLeods of the league ain’t it.

        And building the roster of “grit” players is misguided. You can be a physical player without being a thug.

  • Buch needs regular playing time and Quinn’s cryptic postgame comment about him was interesting. As for Zucc I still disagree with you Richter. He was injured and then he was having difficulty accepting his situation. I don’t see that the same way you do, but I get where you’re coming from. Lindgren not being noticeable was a welcome change and Hank looking like Hank gave me a sigh of relief.

    • Buch is a moody player and easily noticeable by the looks on his face… advice to Buch is to zone in on hockey and forget about the pouting…..becomes a better player when focused…..easily distracted imo.

      • What came first, the chicken or the egg? Buch may have some good reasons for being so “up and down”. He should NEVER be on a 4th line, never.

    • I’ve gone to almost every home game so far this year, right from opening night, Zuc was not giving his all. It was pretty obvious.

      Then he said it himself, that the trade rumors bothered him. Aka, justifying his lack of passion.

  • It is with pleasure that I can write today that Maria took her last chemo treatment, and is officially in remission!

    Tony, Sittoo, Peter, and all the rest of my BSB family who were so supportive, THANK YOU all, it meant the world to us……………….

  • Who were those masked men playing in front of the home crowd? This is a Jekyl & Hyde team sometimes. I would almost think that the fix was in for this game.

    Great News Walt

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    Good stuff when this team half way plays together. With the D we have one forward shouldn’t be allowed to fall below the dots in O-zone! Only bad is a bunch of teams below us are on the move,so did we need the 2 pts in the end?
    Hopefully Ruff stays away from the kid Lundgren. He seemed to be in the right spot at the right time and was reading the play way better then most of the D we have. Maybe they run a slightly different system with the Pack?

  • Who was that team on the ice last night? They looked great. Now if they could figure out how to bring that every night. I’d like to see some more of that. Hank was great. That save he made with about 2:40 to go in the 2nd was amazing.

    Strange everyone who scored last night scored twice. We hurt our draft standing, but the team needed the boost.

  • Man the Canes did not look like a team ready to play last night while the Rangers came out looking hungry. Good all-around effort. This was the first contest where the team did not seem to miss Hayes.

    The new kid is looks bigger than advertised and seems to skate well. With the effort last night from the D, and with DeAngelo netting two goals, maybe Coach can stop playing Pionk for McDonough minutes every night? Spread it out, give DeAngelo and Lindgren and Claesson a chance to show what they’ve got.

  • I hope going forward we will see more of DelAngelo in the lineup. The kid has wheels and the ability to skate the puck out of danger as opposed to chipping the puck to the opposition. There is talent on the Ranger roster but the urgency to win isn’t always there. This is the downside when the team is told they are rebuilding. It gives them an excuse to mail it in.

    • Tony D. needs to play period….And I agree Bloomer, the urgency to win is not there on a nightly basis and most likely will be the case for the rest of the season. Rumors are starting to increase in regards to which players will be traded. I expect a very busy trading deadline with as many as 5 to 8 players being shipped out. As for Quinn, way to early to for me to bash him, but he has made some strange moves…mostly to light fires under lazy players……Also mentioned to Richter that you cannot make finesse players into grinders, which is what Quinn is trying to accomplish with this current roster. I am 1000% sure that this roster will change bigtime and soon….

  • On Ryan Lindgren, he played well but you could see the “hey am I really here?” jitters. He had a penalty that I was astonished it was called a penalty in the first place, what it showed is he is smart to be able to recover. That is a good sign for a defenseman

  • Can we let Zucc play Carolina every night? The dude torches that team every time he plays them.

    I am still hopeful on Tony D. He shows glimpses of being a solid player. He should be getting 18+ mins a game to see what happens.

    Lindgren also had a strong debut. Got beat on an unlucky bounce vs. a skilled player in Aho…was fortunate he did not score. That penalty was bogus.

  • I’ll bet you in a couple of days ADA is sitting again and Buch is off the PP playing 4th line only strange handling of kids you want to see develop. But at-least they got 2 goals each last night.

  • After listening to Spittin Chiclets podcast this morning where Kevin Hayes was on there with his buddies (the hosts) a thought occurred to me. Later in the podcast they stated that they are convinced Hayes will be traded and that Colorado would be a good landing spot as they are in a huge need of production from another line. So the question I pose is what would have to go Colorado’s way in a trade that include Hayes and their Ottawa pick coming back our way? Would our Top 8 pick in 2019 be enough? I presume NHL 1st or 2nd picks (overall) aren’t traded away like they are in the NFL.

    • Hayes flat out for ottawa’s pick and they would need to throw a prospect in for us to accept. It is not a guarantee you get the 1st overall pick with that so…I would hope for a Defensive prospect or forward. Bonafide 50 point center who has lots of playoff experience. Look at what we got for Nash and he retired after the trade. joking but seriously hayes for that 1st and a good prospect otherwise see ya later colorado.

    • The Rangers are absolutely talking to the Avs, and I would not be surprised if Hayes would be a part of that deal.

      But the Rangers would need to add more to get that pick, because you are correct, NHL teams do not trade that pick.

  • Just returned home with the bride and looked at some of the responses, I’m overwhelmed with the kind words, and good wishes. Each, and everyone of you are great, that’s why I refer to you all as my BSB family. Once again, THANKS to all!!!!!!!!!!

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      Walt ,keep doing what you do! Here’s to 2019!

    • Walt,

      You, my friend, add much to this board. It’s a real positive that Maria sees how much you are respected here and how much so many of us care about what she and your family are going through.
      All good moving forward.

  • Anyone else notice how Shattenkirk goes into a corner in the d zone with the puck and someone else always comes out with it? The guy can’t win a puck battle for his life. He skates as fast as Stall. And we have no forwards who can deflect his wrister from the point that he never takes on a power play we rarely get if ever. He is so bad I wish he sat every game from here on out. I would rather watch Pionk or ADA cough the puck up point blank a 1000 times or take the stupidest penalties… then have to watch that douche bag twinkle toe around and collect 6 million and realize he is a large reason Mac is no longer here. You know why Mac and him never played together under AV …it is cause Mac told AV I will break your legs if you pair me with that figure skater. LOL…Guy is such a chump a coach essentially calls him a bum and he goes you know what you are right I am. Then couple weeks later says I am playing hurt I won’t do that anymore. But people here love him. Go figure. Even this coach has covered him with you know he needs time to recoup. The guy is a bum. Next Wade Redden. Buy him out and let someone who has talent play for that 6 million.

    Anyway…great game and anyone who thought Zuc wasn’t tanking it …these last 4 games are absolute proof he was. Zuc is a amazing player and he makes everyone else around him better. The little goblin opens up ice for everyone else and makes passes that 90 percent of the league can’t. This is a guy who runs at Chara full speed and tries to tackle him. Have you seen that Zuc prior to these last 4 games? He seems to win every puck battle in the corners and helps out with faceoffs. Anyone else put 2 and 2 together about hayes and zuc? Hayes is out and Zuc starts to play well. Little weird. Maybe there is a beef between them. If Zuc disappears again if hayes ever comes back that should be the answer. Zuc is hurt as a excuse is like saying superman broke his leg. The guy lost the ability to speak and he was right back out there next season deflecting Mac’s horrible slap shots.

    I did like that they played Georgiev back to back and I hope he gets chicago on thursday. I think a little bit about last nights score was the team felt shitty for how they hung the poor kid out to dry against columbus. I am idiot who talks alot so…whatever. I would rather see him learn and us lose than us win with hank and get no where. I think it should be every other game from here on out. This way you can really get a sense of what he is. Can he come up with the big game saves? Or is he just a positional goalie? And if his angle is off consider it a goal. Have yet to see a game changing save from the kid.

  • FYI – Hayes probably out until after the buy week and Buch back on the 4th line. Quinn says his 5v5 play needs to be better. Tough to argue that

    • Yeah, that hang nail injury really hurts!!!!!

      They don’t want him hurt before they trade him off………..

      As for Buch, he may be on the block as well if he doesn’t get his act together……..

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