Game Wrap-ups

Rangers break the Jimmy Howard curse, top Red Wings

Blueshirts put up four on Howard in strong win over Detroit

For years, Jimmy Howard was a curse for the Rangers. Posting a 10-3 record and a sub-2.00 GAA, Howard always found a way to beat the Rangers. Last night was different, as the Blueshirts put up three in the second period and then added a shorthanded insurance tally in the third en route to their 5-1 win. Henrik Lundqvist, often the victim of the Howard curse, was strong in this one, making 35 saves including 16 in the third as the Wings pressed.

The Rangers held their own against the inferior Wings in the shot differential department, managing to not be crushed like they usually are. That’s a win in my book. Special teams again took center stage for the Rangers though, scoring twice on the powerplay and adding that short handed goal to seal the win.

Rangers 1, Wings 0

Brendan Lemieux does a good job taking the Pavel Buchnevich pass down low and creating a chance, banking his attempt off Jimmy Howard’s pad. Tony DeAngelo was creeping to the back door and buried the rebound.

Rangers 2, Wings 0

DeAngelo creates this one by cutting to the net, opening the passing lane for Buchnevich across the center line to Chris Kreider. Kreider does an excellent job of taking the puck off his skate and then picking a corner. That is not easy.

Rangers 3, Wings 0

Old friend Dylan McIlrath pushed Ryan Strome into the path of the Adam Fox shot to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

Rangers 3, Wings 1

Jacob Trouba looked awful on this 2-on-1, turning into a 2-on-0 once Andreas Anathasiou burned him. But this started with a poorly advised pinch by Libor Hajek that sprung the rush.

Rangers 4, Wings 1

Greg McKegg’s shot hits off the shaft of Howard’s stick and the ensuing rebound eluded Tyler Bertuzzi as he blew a tire. McKegg had the puck all alone and buried it.

Rangers 5, Wings 1

Artemi Panarin empty netter.

Shot Heatmap

This heatmap is a little skewed as the Rangers turtled a bit in the third. There area a lot of quality chances here where Lundqvist came up strong. The Blueshirts had a lot of red in front too, which is a good sign for their offense.

Skater Results

This is a little interesting because it doesn’t necessarily tell a big story. No one stood out as good or bad. Just a good amount of fun and dull. Just interesting.

This was one of those games that you expect the Rangers to win, much like Monday’s Ottawa game. That’s what this team is. A little good. More bad. And a lot of “shrug.” Let’s see how they do against Carolina, a strong team that is likely headed to the playoffs. The Blueshirts seem to do better against playoff contenders this year.

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  • good win all in all. ADA and Buch seem to have good chemistry. As do Panarin and Strome. ADA reminds me a bit of Sandis Ozolinsh. They both like playing in the blue paint in the Offensive Zone. On the one goal we gave up, Trouba had a tough time on that play. I did like how Chytil hustled to get back and never gave up on the play. He was maybe a step or 2 too late but good Defensive effort. I thought McKegg played fine , nice Shorty. And Staal was ok, and had an assist. Still prefer to see Lindgren in over him. Fox gets better every game. FO’s got lopsided against us in the back half of our game. It didn’t hurt us as we had a solid lead. But something we need to work on. off to Carolina.

    • Agree Andy, its a game we gotta win. Hopefully continue winning these kind – along with getting points against heavy contenders or givin’em fits. Stable play. Overall think we’ll have more good days than bad one as the season progresses into the winter – team is so young. Staal played OK and IMHO think Libor could use some time with us in the ‘Pack. Let Lindgren get some play – he knows what he got to fix. GO NYR!

  • Before people get excited about Staal not being horrible last night, perhaps now is a good time to mention that Detroit is the worst team in the NHL.

    “Not being horrible” doesn’t really fit the bill at $5.7 million annually. Staal should be in the pressbox, Lindgren should be on the ice instead. Last night changes nothing.

    • Leadership will do everything in it’s power to keep Staslzie on the ice……5.7 million reasons…..

  • Wings are terrible, but I don’t care…lol….A win is just what the rafters ordered?. feel good about this evening’s tilt against the F1 Hurricanes…..Like to see Hank back in the net..

  • ADA, Buchnevich and Lemieix had good nights again offensively. Hank looked sharp after his min-vacation. Yes the Wings are bad, but so are the Senators,, but they lost to Ottawa. The Canes will provide a good test for the young Rangers.

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