Bolts do what Bolts do, beat Rangers

The Lightning came into New York looking like they were going to cruise to an easy win. While the Rangers gave them a run for their money in the first, the Bolts eventually pulled away to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. This is why they are one of the best teams in the league and a Stanley Cup favorite.

The Mats Zuccarello farewell tour continued with another goal and some feisty play. HIs revival has been fun to watch over the past few weeks. The Rangers did make it close though, with two goals in a row after the Bolts opened up their lead, but could not get the equalizer.

Bolts 1, Rangers 0

Yanni Gourde started the scoring for the Bolts. This play began when Brady Skjei turned the puck over in the neutral zone, and the Bolts just turned it quickly. There was some bad luck, as Matieu Joseph’s initial shot ricocheted to Ryan McDonagh, and then the puck barely squeaked through Henrik Lundqvist and sat there for Gourde to finish.

Bolts 2, Rangers 0

Not pictured here is Cody McLeod finishing his check and leaving the Rangers hanging on a 4-on-2. Erik Cernak got the finisher, and Ryan Callahan got the primary assist. That’s two ex-Ranger captains with primary assists, if you’re keeping track.

Bolts 3, Rangers 0

Steven Stamkos. Nikita Kucherov. Victor Hedman. That’s just unfair. There is nothing wrong with how this was played. That’s some amazing skill putting the puck in the net.

Bolts 3, Rangers 1

Zuccarello took the feed from Mika Zibanejad and was very patient. He dragged the puck back to get a better angle, then waited the extra half second for Zibanejad to get to the slot for the screen.

Bolts 3, Rangers 2

Lundqvist assist alert! Also what a pass by Zibanejad to set up Hayes for the one-timer. Hank caught the Bolts in a change, which is why Zibanejad was so open.

Shot Heatmap

The Blueshirts actually controlled the first period in this game, but it was the second where the Bolts pulled away. By the time the third rolled around, the Lightning were sitting back on their lead. What’s worth noting is that the Lightning got a bunch of chances in front, breaking a streak of two straight games where the Rangers did a good job there. But again, they are the Lightning.

The Rangers have today off, but are back at it tomorrow and basically every other day for the rest of the season. It’s a rough stretch for the Rangers.

26 thoughts on “Bolts do what Bolts do, beat Rangers

  • Feb 3, 2019 at 9:11 am

    A win last night against the lightning might have gotten the brainiac twins (Sather & Dolan) thinking this team has a legitimate shot at the playoffs and become buyers not sellers…. whew! That was a close one! OTOH it was a good game Rangers played well.

    • Feb 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

      it got larry to write about pulling a chapman with zucc though. I know its gonna happen and im terrified.

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:05 am

        It may be foolish but Skjei, Shatty, Smith and Vesey contracts are more terrifying. Two of those contracts can equal paying Panarin. Now we’re suppose to trade our impact player’s? Defense is trash and the depth is next to none existent. Someone like Skjei lacks every fundamental that makes up for a quality top 4. I’m just saying this team will hurt being Zuccless but no Skjei wouldn’t make a difference.

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

          I was OK with the concept of the skjei deal just at least 1m per too rich. The smith deal is the one that kills though. I hated that resigning off the bat. So vanilla. Had one good series and poof 17m.

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

        Just read Brooks’ article… I’d be ok with Zucc coming back on a reasonable 3 year contract. And I’ve said it before, I really believe Hayes gets traded then re-signed.

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

          thats 3 years before kravtsov, chytil, 2019 pick ? See key minutes. So id tread carefully.

  • Feb 3, 2019 at 9:25 am

    If you want your top players to be shut down you put fast on his line. It’s now two games with fast and Hayes and zero production. Buch can’t escape fast or the 4th line which are the same. We are going to have some silly people say that fast does not become an anchor to his line which is ridiculous, he has some stats which indicates he as an opportunity to score but it appears to be a bullshit stat. Rule 101 put an anchor on a skilled line. That is a rule for losing.

    • Feb 3, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Fast is like a lesser skill version of Brian Rust. Fans like to act like he’s one of a kind in this league. I haven’t liked Fast/Hayes combo at all this season. When AV had them together than they could connect on rushes without a steady amount of time in the OZ. Under Quinn, Hayes likes to cycle and that means wingers need to know when to show support near the boards or high slot.

      If we’re being honest than we should realize that Buch wasn’t to good last night. I actually saw him as the weak link from that line. He took some rushes in place of Kreider and didn’t look any better, just sayin.

  • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:10 am

    MSG crowd were the real losers from last night. Why the heck did the crowd boo McD when he touched the puck? I’m happy it took about a year and a half to bring back the old Hank chant.

    • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:30 am

      What Hank chant? “Henreek?”

      I hear it all the time especially after a big time save. Or flurry of saves.

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        In his defense, I imagine it’s hard to hear anything with his head up Hayes ass all day long.

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm


          The truth has been spoken!!!!!!

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

          We’re all God’s children. 🙂

  • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:29 am

    3+ minutes for McLeod and Boo. Why bother?

    But for some reason, Andersson can’t overtake them for a spot here.

    The top forwards played over 20 minutes each. Is it to enhance their trade value or to try and make the playoffs? I guess we find out soon?

    • Feb 3, 2019 at 10:47 am

      Boo would look better if Cody was off his line. I get the need for a energy player who can lay out hits and punish the opposition. But McLeod provides zero offence and is a disaster defensively. Tampa’s 4th line was the difference in the hockey game last night. They dominated the Rangers 4th line and basically won the game for them. The fact that the Ranger organization continues to dress the aging pugilis demonstrates that they lack judgement and don’t have a clear vision where this hockey franchise is going.

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 11:29 am

        Very simply, McLeod should not be allowed to wear a Rangers’ jersey ever again, unless he buys a ticket to attend as a fan.

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm

          Amen. So far, McLeod has played the equivalent of 3-1/2 games and he is -10, with 4 GF and 14 GA. He is on the ice for roughly four goals a game and doesn’r score. He is achieving this playing against guys who typically don’t score, so there is no excuse there. Now the sample size is small, but as I understand it, GF% paints a similar picture. He isn’t unlucky, he is bad. And this does not even take into account bad penalties.

          Peter Holland is better, Matt Beleskey is better, there are better players available on the waiver wire. No excuse.

          And things like finishing your check to allow a scoring opportunity is undisciplined. Allowing undisciplined play from ANYONE is no way to develop the kids.

          • Feb 3, 2019 at 8:26 pm

            And for McLeod, Georgiev has more pts than he does and Henrik is tied with him for pts, this year.

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm

        The Lightning 4th line is better than many teams 2nd and most teams 3rd. They are that deep.

    • Feb 3, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Brooks’ articles seem fixated on the Rangers moving players at the deadline. Is he privy to stuff that others are not? He appears to be rather sure of it happening. Or is it just good “copy”?

      • Feb 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

        Brooks was Sather’s guy. Larry was Glenn’s media mouthpiece.

        When Brooks is right about his “predictions” then we know that Sather is in charge. When Brooks swore up and down that Shatty was not signing here, you knew that Gorton was in control.

        So I will answer your question by saying, let’s see what happens. If the Rangers trade Hayes and Zuc, only to re-sign one or both of them, then we know that Sather is in charge again. This option is quite possible only to appease Gorton, who wants to accumulate young assets.

        If the Rangers trade them both, and move on from them next year, then Gorton is in charge.

        If neither one is traded, to try and make the playoffs, then Sather is definitely in charge.

        • Feb 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm

          That really wouldn’t be conclusive proof of anything. I’m sure both Gorton AND David Quinn would want Hayes back … and who doesn’t love Zucc?

          Our current Top 6 isn’t the real problem (we could obviously use one more, of the sniper variety) and the young kids, like Andersson, Howden and Kravtsov next year would be just fine playing in the bottom 6. We need to upgrade the bottom 6 and get Quinn to play a viable/productive 4th line, improve on the PK which has been inadequate and reconfigure the defense — starting with getting ADA in the lineup every night and removing players like Smith and McQuaid (maybe more).

          • Feb 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm

            It’s not a preference for the individual players, it’s the preference for the overall direction of the team, as a whole.

            • Feb 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

              I don’t think that makes much of a difference. Gorton never defined what a “rebuild” meant to him, whether it was a full tear down or a make over. He could easily decide to keep one or the other without it indicating Sather’s thumbprint. Sorry Richter but you have a real bug up your arse about Sather. You must have nightmares where Sather taunts you with hypothetical trades for the oldest and most broken down players in the League. lol

              • Feb 5, 2019 at 6:48 pm

                “Sorry Richter but you have a real bug up your arse about Sather.”

                20 years at the helm, no Cup, it’s scary that you don’t.

  • Feb 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    What we have a right wing issue. Zucchini Butch Demecnicough, and kratsov Will push one to two players out of the lineup. Don’t forget my favorite Fast. We need to trade Zhuk because someone has a hemorrhoid problem. Right now he’s one of our best players and looks good on the first line. So instead of getting rid of the deadweight like Fast you want to get rid of quality. Or you rather get rid of Buch then fast, that would make you crazy or an insane move. This could be Fasts last year with the Rangers and it won’t make me cry. If things are spelled wrong I’m sorry I’m dictating it and the stupid machine doesn’t know how to spell. Sure you can figure it out .

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