Game Wrap-ups

KZB dominates, Rangers score four straight to sweep series with St. Louis

The Rangers came into last night’s game against St. Louis off one of their worst losses of the year. They came out strong against St. Louis, but then surrendered two quick goals and the game seemed out of control before the first period ended. It was set to be another loss.

Two quick strikes by Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich tied the game in the second. Then Jimmy Vesey scored the winner early in the third, with Chris Kreider adding insurance in the final ten seconds. Alex Georgiev made another 40+ save performance, stopping 44 of 46 shots in the win. The Bulgarian Brute is showing he’s no fluke, that’s for sure.

Blues 1, Rangers 0

Looks like Georgeiv’s skate came off the post for a second, and Vlad Tarasenko stuffed the puck in. Probably one the kid wants back.

Blues 2, Rangers 0

Brendan Smith turnover, quick David Perron goal. Georgiev had no chance here.

Blues 2, Rangers 1

Another turnover here, this time by Pat Maroon. Vlad Namestnikov got stopped by Jonathan Binnington on the initial chance, but there was chaos in front and Strome was able to bang home the rebound.

Rangers 2, Blues 2

Colton Parayko fell off the Kreider pressure, leading to a quick strike for Mika Zibanejad and Buchnevich, with Buch getting his 19th of the season.

Rangers 3, Blues 2

Vinni Lettieri forced Jay Bouwmeester into a turnover behind the net, and then fed Brett Howden for a quick chance. Vesey was there for the rebound and the eventual winner.

Rangers 4, Blues 2

Kreider empty netter.

Shot Heatmap

This was domination by the Blues, but again Georgiev was the difference. The kid has it, what else can I say? The Rangers were absolutely crushed in the second and third periods, to the tune of 70% of the shot share in the second and 80% in the third. Woof.

We are down to the Foxwoods Final Five, kicking off Sunday afternoon against Philly. The first painful year of the official rebuild will be done. Hopefully not the first of many.

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  • Saturday fun…my wife and I (visiting from San Diego) attended the game last night – my first in the Garden since 1978. While I bleed blue on the Left Coast, it sure was fun to see the team in person, and relive old memories. Cheers!

  • Seeing this line together again,shows why we should not trade Kreider.

    It was useless to win, but hey what the heck, we have to show some effort, unlike Buffalo right!!!!!

    The Wings won again, we could have been one point out of fourth, instead we’re in sixth place in the draft order………………..Stupid!!

    • Not stupid. If the guys lay down and tank you’re upset, if they fight and struggle to win, you’re upset. Make up your mind. lol

      • Not so my friend, I get upset if they win now that they have zero chance to do anything except get to a better position to draft. Read my posts, I never said I wanted them to win after they were out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • You want them to fight though, right? You want to see the effort, right? Well guess what, if you put in the effort you can win any game. I mean of course I want them to lose as well, but obviously there’s too much character for that in the room — and there’s the Bulgarian Brute. lol

          • Lose? No way! As if the draft pick position will make a difference. Unless you’re picking 1 or 2 it makes no difference. I was in Boston when they won their Cup – the 2nd Round picks won that Cup – the good drafting by (ahem, Gorton) made the difference, a young Seguin was on that team with only 22 points in 70 games – furthermore, picks #5-#9 the in the first round in the following two years (2011 and 2012) NHL drafts were much better than the #1- #4 picks. More importantly, lose? You want to tell that to the guys that jump over the bench and bust their arse every shift? I’m true blue and believe in my team – we will find a player or two in this draft regardless of where we end up – in the meantime, get a strong environment in that locker room and finish strong, baby.

  • what a disaster. not surprised if they are picking 8th at this point. im prob tuning out till april 9th.

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