Game Wrap-ups

Rangers right the ship, get first win against Penguins

A Solid Victory

This game was a little bit more of a snoozer than we’ve had previously. The organization certainly had its hands full the last couple of days, so it was to be expected that the team may come out looking flat. I just didn’t expect it to last 2 periods. Anywho, lets get right to the thoughts on the game shall we?

The puck dropped and you could tell at the first shift or so that we were in for a rough night. Sloppy passing, missed opportunities, and some suspect defense. This was prudent on the Penguins only goal of the game which was like many of the other Penguins goals against this season. Fluky and annoying.

Malkin on the half wall, passes it to the point, Chad Ruhwedel (which side note, is totally a Pokèmon Gym leader name for an insect gym leader) shot it high and wide, rebound off the glass right to Jason Zucker, who tapped it in for an opening goal. The Penguins certainly work hard for all of their goals. Not much else occurred the rest of the first except for a shit ton of penalties for both teams. Can we talk about how the calls are getting softer and softer every season? Onto the 2nd.

The second would produce much similar results as the first period. A lot of sloppy passing, undisciplined penalties for both teams, and a lot of cardio for both teams. But with about three to go in the second, the Penguins took a penalty, and with the extra skater Panarin flubbed on a one timer. The puck found its way right onto Kevin Rooney’s stick who is showing early on that he can be an effective bottom six player for this team. That tied the game at one a piece as the Rangers would then go into the third with hopefully a little more pep in their step after tying the game.

It worked, the Rangers finally woke up and were producing some incredible scoring chances. With the state of the Pittsburgh blue line, one would certainly like to have seen them pepper DeSmith. The Penguins did a good job for the most part of the game, keeping shots to the outside. This of course changed with about 12 minutes to go in the game when Ruhwedel would take a delay of game penalty.

On the power play, Panarin would feed the puck from the circle up to Adam Fox, who took the puck for a skate on the blue line, floated in a wrister, which Kreider deflected for the go ahead goal. Special teams were absolutely key in last night’s victory. Though not a stellar stat, the penalty kill deserved a lot of props as they went 6/6 on the kill. The Rangers needed their special teams to start producing to give them a chance to win hockey games, and they did just that. The rest of the game was just trying to kill the clock, and with a second to go, Panarin would get an empty net goal to cap off a 3 point night for himself.

Some closing thoughts, Igor Shesterkin looked fantastic in this game. I hope to God the net is his for a run. I don’t think it does the Rangers any good to be switching their goalies every game. No one can truly get into a rhythm and Igor looked like Igor from last year and his arc as a goalie: Clutch. Let’s do this again Thursday!

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  • Both goalies have played little hockey since March. I can understand that the coach wants to rotate the netminders as they need the work. However, Shesterkin has been the better goalie and it’s time now that coach Quinn starts leaning on him. The Rangers are in a dog fight division. Every game with be a battle.

  • Fox is a joy to watch. Maybe the unexpected reduction to five defenders, for this one game, had a positive impact.

  • Winning a close game by the skin of your teeth is a step in the right direction. We need 6 healthy defensemen and a real 3rd and 4th line. The Kakko issue complicates things. We need to stop bringing up journeymen and bring up Barron.

    • Every appearance is that the Rangers should have one of the best fourth lines in the NHL. There are lots of problems; the 4th line is not one of them.

    • The 3rd and 4th line have been fine. Our biggest problem has been our first line. Zbad is off to a slow start. Maybe due to after effects of Covid. He will be fine.

  • Georgiev is not the better goalie. Igor is a much better goalie that needs to play every game….Fire Quinn!!! Now!

  • Good Hard nosed win! No distractions going in.
    I see Kreids is stepping up the last few games, I liked the way Rooney and Lemeiux are playing.Gaut I feel like he’s playing timid afraid to make a mistake..
    Bitetto didn’t look too bad..
    Fox what can you say!! Fox is 🦊!!!!
    A game like this can get them on a roll..they found a way to win a tight game and didn’t lose the lead,let’s keep it going Thursday!!

    • Good effort – need to play with that third period intensity for 60 minutes each game. Consistency has been the big issue – some due to the line juggling which we knew could happen absent a real camp and preseason with a young squad. Mika needs to find his groove, Kakko hopefully avoids ill effects of COVID, I want to see Morgan Baron, especially with Chytil out, Gautier I am still not sold on, like Rooney and Lemieux chemistry – needed some grit in lineup.

      Washington will be a good test to see if we learned anything from the last game – they are playing well

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