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Pittsburgh Penguins/Rangers Game Thoughts

Kaapo Kakko is a New York Ranger

For a game with no Crosby, there was suspicion that the Rangers could have a somewhat decent game tonight. The kids did not disappoint one iota. Let’s break this one down and get to the thoughts shall we?

  • Going into this game, there was certainly some hope with Crosby out that the team would not be entirely skated out of the building. The second period had us worried a little bit as Pittsburgh started to get better and better possession numbers going, but Georgiev held down the fort well.
  • I said it before and I will say it again, I am thankful as a Rangers fan to cheer for an organization that knows how to get goalies in the system to backup Henrik Lundqvist. Whether it be Georgiev, Shesterkin, Huska, Wall, there are NO shortages of depth at that position. Even better when you have a hall of fame coach in Benoit Allaire in my opinion.
  • Another rookie who just continues to tear it up is Adam Fox. What more can you say about this guy, he is far and away the best defenseman the Rangers have this season. The skill and awareness to hit Kakko in stride in overtime for him to tap it in for the win had us all thinking of the next decade of this duo. Adam Fox to Kaapo Kakko forever and ever, praise be.
  • Speaking of Kakko, it’s truly remarkable to watch him grow more and more confident each game. His two goals tonight allowed him to become the first 18 year old to have a multi-goal game in franchise history according to the Rangers info and Stats Twitter. DO YOU ALL REALIZE HOW OLD THIS FRANCHISE IS? This kid is going to be not only a star, but someone who will become synonymous with hockey in both New York and internationally.
  • I don’t put a huge emphasis on importance of “grit” for a hockey player, but it was nice to see Lindgren not put up with any of Evgeni Malkin’s BS while battling with him near the crease. Lindgren might want to be careful though, Malkin is one of those “Red Mist” types and would probably cause serious injury to Lindgren. *See Pittsburgh/Philadelphia last season.
  • Did anyone else realize we were so high up in the power play success rating? I sure as Hell didn’t, awesome to see though as a fan and having to watch YEARS of mediocre power plays. (Lest we forget the 2014 playoffs?)
  • This game was a reminder that while yes there will be growing pains this year on the forward and defensive fronts, this team will play a solid game from time to time. Your goal scorers tonight averaged the age of 19.5.
  • Let. The. Kids. Play!

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    1. Yep. He pretty much nailed it. I like the upbeat feel and focus on the positives of this young squad. Win or lose, the team and especially the kids are fun to watch.

  1. Kakko is the real deal eh?

    Skjei is not the real deal eh? Man oh man, what’s happened to him? Made no less than 3 beautiful centering passes, but unfortunately those “passes” were in his own zone. Georgie bailed him out all 3 times. Seattle might be a go relocation for him.

    Fox is the real deal eh? Fans have said that they are surprised at how good he is. I’m not, I was excited to get him, even at a cost of a 2nd rounder.

    Andersson continues to get around 8 minutes per night, or the least amount of time for any forward. While Howden, another delusional coach’s fave gains more time, and consistently proves why he doesn’t deserve it.

    I wonder if the Rangers are considering the next move, as it relates to Zib. Maybe consider trading CK for a high end center prospect and trade Howden for Jesse Pullie. I hope that it does not come to this.

    Georgie made some big saves when he had to, including saves on deflected shots. Just great. Murray had a heck of a game as well.

    1. Hey pal. If anyone of the kids goes it will be Lias. The dude does nothing game in and game out. That is if the Oilers even want him.

      1. I don’t agree bro.

        If Lias had the same opportunity as Howden then I think Lias outplays him. But we may never find out.

        1. Howden YTD stats (2 goals, 2 assists, -2 plus/minus) with FO% of 46.4%. UNBELIEVEABLE that Howden still centers the 3rd line!

          1. He’s a coach’s fave pal.

            Staal would still play if he were not hurt, and he’s 3 years past any competency whatsoever.

      2. it is never not satisfying to beat these guys. great to see this young team pull off the win after losing its 2-goal lead too. hopefully a step towards learning to sustain the energy level they show periodically through the game and the season to date.

    2. No mentions of Lemieux who played a heck of a game. Love the way this kid plays and the emotion he shares with his teammates. He is just 23 as well.

        1. That wasn’t for you Tony. The article didn’t mention Lemieux and I was a bit surprised. I checked the responses and I didn’t see anyone else who had mentioned him either. I was wondering if I saw the same game.
          I just jumped on your thread to say it. Later on, I noticed Andy had given him some love.
          Going to see Quinn’s Kid’s in Tampa tomorrow.

          1. Whether it was for me or not, it was still a very good point. Lemieux, in subtle ways, has been very effective.

            Great, enjoy the game and bring home a win!!

    3. Tony, I luv ya but you have to be more patient with Coach Quinn. Howden has more skill and upside than Andersson, hence why is giving more minutes and opportunities. Quinn took Kappo off the top line and move him down and look at how he is progressing. We have a keeper in Lindgren and Hajek has been good even though he has had his moments but the kid is on the top pair with Trouba going against opposing teams top lines. Marc Staal is being pushed out now as well. All positive signs this season.

  2. Lindgren would destroy Evgeni Malkin. Lindgren can fight—evidence is out there on youtube, while Malkin will only fight when the refs are close by to break it up. Malkin is a gutless dirty player, a stick-swinger and slasher to boot, who embodies the Penguins’ ability to constantly commit penalties while rarely being penalized. He’s as much of a stain on this game as his whining running buddy Crosby.

    1. It is amazing that 2 great players, Crosby and Malkin, have been such rats their whole careers.

      Even Marchand is not the rat he used to be.

    2. I already loved Lindgren. Plays tight defense. It’s nice to know he can handle himself. He hasn’t had a lot of penalties (I don’t think?) so he is smart as well. I was astounded the other night watching MSG, Joe M. said Lindgren intentionally dropped 20 lbs! That means he went from 211 to 191. Very little fat in that 21 year old body I’ll bet. But it just goes to show, one has to be a machine to keep up these days.

  3. It’s always great to beat the Pens! Fun game to watch. Lots of bright spots for the Rangers. It’s refreshing to have a much lower level of anxiety when the team is in their defensive zone without Staal in the lineup and playing against opposition’s top lines. The Ranger’s breakouts are much cleaner (barring a few Skjei giveaways). Tony D, Fox and Lingren have all stood out in recent games. But the trending theme the past few games is the kids are coming into their own right before our eyes, and that’s pretty exciting for us fans to witness. LGR!

  4. The tale of two teams again showed it’s face last night. We came out skating, ran circles around the Pens, and went into the locker room with a 2-0 lead. We came out the second and the skating stopped, the defense was on it’s heels early, giving up a quick goal, and seemed like a different team. The third was well played, loved how we killed the PP until they finally scored for the first time since last October. The OT was a gem. They had possession for some 2-3 minutes, then it became the Fox-Kakko show. Adam saw where Kakko was, faked Murray out of his jock strap, blind pass to Kakko, and the rest is history. One word tells it all, BEAUTIFUL, just BEAUTIFUL!

    I’m just eating this up, I just love watching these kids after all the years of old, worn out retreads, now we have legs, spirit, and speed to burn. They are still learning to play the game, but this team will jell as a unit by year end, and the NHL will pay hell next year with the experience they are getting, and the addition of more assets. There is nothing like a youth movement!!!!!!!!!!!

    On a quick side note, I was changing from NBC-SC to the Pens network, and the bitchi*g from their announcers is something to laugh about. Eat your hearts out Pittsburgh……………………….

  5. The tale of two teams again showed it’s face last night. We came out skating, ran circles around the Pens, and went into the locker room with a 2-0 lead. We came out the second and the skating stopped, the defense was on it’s heels early, giving up a quick goal, and seemed like a different team. The third was well played, loved how we killed the PP until they finally scored for the first time since last October. The OT was a gem. They had possession for some 2-3 minutes, then it became the Fox-Kakko show. Adam saw where Kakko was, faked Murray out of his jock strap, blind pass to Kakko, and the rest is history. One word tells it all, BEAUTIFUL, just BEAUTIFUL!

    I’m just eating this up, I just love watching these kids after all the years of old, worn out retreads, now we have legs, spirit, and speed to burn. They are still learning to play the game, but this team will jell as a unit by year end, and the NHL will pay hell next year with the experience they are getting, and the addition of more assets. There is nothing like a youth movement!!!!!!!!!!!

    On a quick side note, I was changing from NBC-SC to the Pens network, and the moaning, and groaning from their announcers is something to laugh about. Eat your hearts out Pittsburgh……………………….

    1. Oh, I would have loved to hear the Pittsburgh commentary. I’d love to have heard the first period in particular. 😂

  6. could not agree more Walt! and to add to it, I am very happy to see the coach trusting Kakko, Fox and Buch in the OT. If not now when, so good for him to let these kids play and show us what they can do. And they can do a lot! Another kid who’s sneaky good is Lemieux. His pass on Kakko’s first goal was sweet.

  7. Andy

    Now if only he gave Andersson a legitimate shot at playing it would be great. If they don’t play him, trade him off to the Oilers for Jesse, Kakko needs a bud to run with!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I agree with that too. You can’t make too much of Kakko needing some support. He and Fox seem to have some pretty good chemistry. But look at what Lindgren has done for Fox. Fox was playing well, but since Lindgren has come up Fox has been amazing. Most if not all his points have come since Lindgen’s arrival. He can trust his D partner.

      1. Both have been paired together before, and they are good friends as well. Now that’s a winning combo!!!!!!!

    2. Andersson has no value… Teams don’t even know if he is worth a trade because the Rangers are strangling the kid..

  8. Beating the Penguins is even more fun than beating the Isles these days because the Penguins still have their hateable crew mostly intact.

    The Rangers have been playing much better defensively in the recent games (even in the Florida game.) Gosh Panarin should teach the rest of the forwards how to be both a brilliant offensive player and a brilliant defensive forward. He is that good.

    Altogether, the team has been playing quite well and I am enjoying watching them. They seem to have the ability to give the best teams more than enough competition on any given night.

    1. Peter I agree. I had no idea how good Panarin is on the forecheck before he got here. His stick checks on players coming out of their D-zone are amazing, and his work along the boards is excellent. Plus, he never seems to get nailed by big body checks, which is amazing.

  9. Richter..Had a blast last night. Great seeing you bud……..Kakko is a beast……He is so strong…..We are lucky to have him.

  10. How nice will it be when we have a healthy Zibby back, and an energized Kraftsov back in the fold. It will push the talent down through the first 3 lines. I am hopeful that there is additional offensive help up in Hartford that could also round out our offense.

    From the defensive side, Staal not in the lineup really helps. Skjei could use another night of. With more help on the way in the next year, we should be able to field a strong and young defense.

    Future looks pretty good.

  11. I know this is Draconian but, I felt they should have traded Mika last year or at the draft. I think he may be done or on that Lindros trajectory. Which is really sad. He seems like a great person and is a really good player.

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