Rangers goal breakdown: California Dreaming of a Better Effort

Gerard Gallant Jack Adams

The Rangers matched up against the Kings out in game 3 of 4 in an oddly spread out west coast swing.  After what may have been their most gutsy performance of the season against Anaheim, the Rangers stayed in Orange County to face the Kings whose jerseys remain garbage. Bring back some purple.

Kings 1 – Rangers 0 

A turnover by K’Andre Miller led to a partial break for Trevor Moore. Both Miller and Trouba over skated the rebound, which lead to any easy shot for former almost Ranger Phil Danault.

Kings 2 – Rangers 0 

A fairly similar goal: Off the rush with multiple Rangers over skating the rebound and leaving an easy rebound for Lizzote. Fun fact, during my 06-07 Peewee AA season for the #6 in the country ranked Red Bank Generals, I had to finish the season at forward do to some injuries. During a back check drill I glided a bit and stopped with one foot over the goal line instead of in front of the net picking up the trailer.  My coach and rink owner Mr. Brooks (who I know and respect to this day) blew his whistle pointed it out and made the entire team skate the rest of the 35 minutes in our practice. Safe to say it never happened again.  Maybe Mr. Brooks could teach a few things to a few of our friends on this second goal.

Kings 2 – Rangers 1 

The Rangers finally have a sustained ozone shift and are rewarded. Chytil gets it to the cage and Mika redirects it to get his eighth in nine games to make things interesting.

Kings 3 – Rangers 1

Adrian Kempe hit a 3/4 ice empty netter, after a late push from the Blueshirts. Too little, too late from the Rags.

Would have hoped for a better effort, but if they beat the Sharks Thursday I would happily take a 2-2 west coast swing. Here are the full highlights.

Onward, forward.