Game Wrap-ups

Rangers tie it late, but can’t get the second point in Colorado.

They got a point, but does it matter?

The New York Rangers were able to get the Colorado Avalanche without two of their best players, but were unable to get two points against the Avs. The Blueshirts tied it late with a dramatic 6-on-5 goal, but fell in overtime to Colorado by a score of 3-2.

Alex Georgiev stood tall, but the Rangers got goalie’d by Pavel Francouz, who made many difficult saves for the depleted Avs. Make no mistake, Colorado is one of the best teams in the Western Conference, and little mistakes will cost you.

In this game, it wasn’t little mistakes. It was missed opportunities. Both with saves by Francouz and with flat out blown chances. It happens. The Rangers needed five points on this trip and can still get two more in Glendale.

Rangers 1, Avs 0 – Mika again

Honestly there’s nothing you can expect the Avs to do here. Mika Zibanejad was forced to the outside and took the shot from the just inside the top of the circle, closer to the boards than the slot. Yet it was perfect.

Rangers 1, Avs 1 – The ole pick play

Tyson Jose cuts to the wide open slot and puts it over Alex Georgiev, but this goal is set up by Gabe Landeskog, setting the pick on Brendan Smith.

Avs 2, Rangers 1 – Another powerplay goal

Of course Vlad Namestnikov scores. JT Compher in front with the screen. This is a textbook example of fronting, in which the Rangers leave the man in front along to protect higher up. The presumption is the goalie will still stop the puck. Compher provided the screen and Georgiev couldn’t see it.

Rangers 2, Avs 2 – Drama!

With Georgiev pulled, Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin crafted a give-and-go after Buch received the initial outlet from Adam Fox. Buch drew two to him then gave to Panarin along the boards with room, then cut to the net. Panarin threw an elevated pass in front that Buchnevich somehow got a stick on.

Avs 3, Rangers 2 – OT losses happen

Cale Makar’s shot, Compher got his stick on it.

Skater Results – Special teams kill

No shot heatmap – for some reason Natural Stat Trick didn’t update after the second period.

From a quality standpoint, this was a good game by the Rangers. They controlled the quality and didn’t allow much. They gave up more from a quantity standpoint, but that’s their style. Staying out of the box would have helped in this one.

It’s not all doom and gloom, the Rangers got a point here and two points on Tuesday night. They needed that. They also need two points Saturday night, if that game is played.

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  • Its on the road – I’ll take the point. They did not have Nathan, but we didn’t have Chris, and Chris was better the last 10 games before injuries – they were home, we were back-to-back on the road – Francouz played awesome in goal and saved the Avs – great win and I’ll take the point. All good all around – this team is already a success even before the season is over. Go NYR!

  • I just want to say that I truly hope John Davidson/Jeff Gorton have made their decision to move on from Ryan Strome. He was considered a borderline 1st round bust when he was on the Oilers, and has played much better since becoming a Ranger. However, too many penalties most nights, and last night missing a wide open net and had two other great chances to score made me shake my head and say I that I hope the Rangers do not re-sign Ryan. I would like to see the Rangers be aggressive and trade for a player like Hopkins. There was a really good article written on this on Forever blueshirts and it would setup the Rangers down the middle with ZIb/Hopkins/ and Chytil.

    • Strome had about 10 grade A chances last night , i’d say at least 2 if not 3 wide open chances. Imagine how good Bread is if he played with Zib night in and night out the whole season!


  • Amazing how no one mentions Zib hitting the cross bar last night in OT. One inch lower and the narrative would be much different.

    Be safe everybody.

  • To begin with Colorado IS altitude.And if you believe that’s inconsequential just ask Jim Ryun who got blown away by Kipchoge Keno at the Mexico City 1968 Olympics.Questions abound:1) why in another CRUCIAL playoff quest game Igor Shesterkin was NOT in net?Have not seen an explanation.Second,stupid penslties AGAIN.Too many men on the ice w under 3 minutes in first period ahead 1-0.This has been a SEASON long plague.Why is not DQ being held redponsible?They have a veritable “pop-goes-the-weasel” coaching staff behind the bench.4 guys AND still they cannot get the right personnel on the ice AT THE RIGHT TIME!.WTF?Loss should not have been given the posts and xbars we hit.Shesterskin in net would have won this.Brendan Smith after having been praised another all around C- game.A leader among Jekyl and Hyde Rangers.Brendan Lemieux,despite his hustle and other fine attributes continues to have brain “farcs” in crucial game sits.Season probably over anyway.

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