Game Wrap-ups

Rangers crash down to Earth, fall to lowly Senators

Blueshirts get smacked by Ottawa Senators on home ice

We all knew this was coming, right? After two strong wins against playoff bound teams, the NY Rangers laid an egg against the Ottawa Senators. The Blueshirts jumped out early, really dominating. Then they must have forgotten that hockey games are 60 minutes, not 8 minutes. It was all Ottawa after that, scoring five straight through the second period.

Alex Georgiev was human in this one, which certainly exposed a Rangers blue line that had two strong games in a sea of bad. This was just structurally terrible all around, with players chasing, puck watching, and generally playing slow and down to their opponent. Games like this happen, but might be a little more frequent than we’d like.

Rangers 1, Sens 0

This goal is all about reading the play. Kaapo Kakko had a step on Chris Tierney as the puck went through the crease. This forced both Senators on the far side of the ice to turn their attention to Brett Howden and Adam Fox. Fox is a super passer, and Kakko has smooth hands.

Sens 1, Rangers 1

This looked like a miscommunication between Georgiev and Libor Hajek. Both got caught in between actions and it wound up in the back of the net.

Sens 2, Rangers 1

It’s a 5-on-3 goal, so you usually look past these. Worth noting that Tyler Ennis was wide open on the wing for the blocked shot rebound.

Sens 3, Rangers 1

Four Rangers on the kill watching the puck as Ron Hainsey sneaks to the back door for the goal. Head on a swivel, folks.

Sens 4, Rangers 1

I don’t know what Pavel Buchnevich was thinking, taking a slapper there with JG Pageau right in front of him. He only scores against the Rangers, too.

Sens 5, Rangers 1

Three guys behind the goal line. One (Brendan Lemieux) in the corner. I think this is self explanatory.

Sens 5, Rangers 2

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the Rangers move the puck well on the power play. Kakko made a perfect pass to Artemi Panarin, who found an easy shot short side as Anders Nilsson was off his angle coming over.

Sens 6, Rangers 2

The Rangers nearly scored short handed here, but when they missed and Brady Skjei’s shot wound up in shin pads, it was a scramble. Skjei made a great defensive play, but the rest of the penalty killers couldn’t get back in time as Vlad Namestnikov buried one.

Shot Heatmap

This is basically what you expected it to be at even strength. A lot of density in front as the Rangers struggled with their defensive zone coverage, and not much offensively as the Blueshirts were pinned in their own zone.

Skater Results

Again as expected. This was not a good game for any Ranger.

This is going to be the norm for the Rangers. They are going to have strong games, and they are going to have games like this one. It’s tough without your 1C, and any PDO related magic that was going on was bound to come back to bite them. This was an all around mess though.

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  • That sucked. The Ying and Yang balancing itself out after the Nashville, I guess. First 15 minutes they looked great. Out shot them 11-1, then they just collapsed and never found their footing. It’s part of the learning process. Not the fun part.

    The fourth line and Hajek had a particularly tough night. Trouba as well. Pageau is a Ranger killer…we should probably trade for him to keep him from hurting us…

    On the plus side, I thought all in all Kakko looked good. 2 point game and you can see his confidence growing. That pass to Panarin was a beauty. So was the goal. ADA got a point, Panarin got a point although neither had a great game all in all. I really like the Fox-Lindgren pairing.

    On to Detroit. Let’s hope we learn from last night and take the Wings seriously.

  • It was a clunker. Too many penalties and Hajek had a bad game … but in general the team lacked the requisite energy and structure throughout the last 45 minutes. We expected inconsistency and we’re getting it — but let’s not forget, no Zibby in the lineup, it makes a difference.

    • No energy. Team could not match the Ottawa intensity. Ottawa has some nice players, but no way should we have been blown out of the rink. And of course we were up against another goalie who plays like Godzilla in front of the the net.

  • I learned a lot about myself last night. That is, that I have ZERO patience for fighting , esp up on the scoreboard and controlling play. But of course the fan vantage point is a lot different than the players’.

  • The Tkachuks are both chips off the old SOB Keith Tkachuk. Chippy, really good players who irritate the hell out of opponents; not afraid to back up their agitation with dropping the gloves. Wish we could’ve gotten Brady Tkachuk, and I wasn’t sold on him coming into the draft.

    • Yeah, someone on this site said that he was over-rated when I posted the same thing you just did. The kid is good, and feisty!!!!!!

  • Ups and downs….This could be the team pattern all season. I truly don’t expect the team to make the playoffs, but I do expect improvement as the year goes along. Ranger fans are going to heave to be patient. As for Staal…no……he should not play, but probably will play on wednesday against the RWINGS….

    • Could Staal possibly be worse at clearing the crease than Hajek or Skjei was last night? I’m not saying that he’s the answer, or should play every game, but last night, without him, was pathetic.

  • Look for Hank and Staal to be back in the lineup later this week. I hope that we return to winning form. I think Hank will be good. If we can get to a point where Staal plays every 3rd game (and plays well) I can live with him playing sporadically.
    Zibby back on first line, Chytil centers line 2 and Strome moves to line 3 with Smith moving to line 4 and McKegg a healthy scratch.

    Thinking there is a trade in the near future.

  • Kakko should be moved immediately to top line with Panarin and Mika.
    Fast should follow Strome to 3rd line.

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