The New York Rangers (31-12-5) lost to the New Jersey Devils (27-19-3) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...and tonight's #1 star goes to the Prudential Center stanchion guy. Embarrassing that's allowed to happen in an NHL rink.
...to the actual game, after a dreadfully slow start by both teams, I thought it was a very entertaining contest. Big goals, big hits and big saves. Couldn't ask for more, you know, except a Rangers win. Which I thought they played well enough to get.
...not sure how many times I have to say it, but when Gaborik deke's in the shootout he doesn't score.
...where's EC, Wolski and Zucc when you need them?
...Biron deserved better than to lose because of a bad bounce like that.
...got to feel good for Stralman getting one against the team that cut him in camp.
...a power play goal would have helped tonight.
...back up to a +24 on the season for Del Zotto who was a +2 to go along with his 6th goal of the season.
...boy Hagelin is fun to watch out there.
...after getting abused by Parise on the Devils first goal it was nice to see Bickel respond with a great play leading to Boyle's tally.
...speaking of Boyle let's hope tonight's goal is the first step towards him re-gaining his scoring touch from last year.
...never like to criticize Callahan, but he's got to get that one deep on the pk. Bad turnouver leads to Kovalchuk score.
...not the best return from the break for Richards who was pointless, missed his shootout attempt and was just 3-of-12 on faceoffs. Wonder if Munn cleaned out her stuff from his apartment over the weekend.
...not really sure what Fedotenko is bringing to the table at this point.
...right back at it tomorrow night in Buffalo.
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Fedotenko is still a tough forechecker and a part of this penalty kill, which is good enough for third in the league.
A functioning PP sure would cover for other sins. This absolutely has to be addressed by the trading deadline.
Wasn't Biron's fault why they lost. Yes, he should have hugged the post on Pirise's goal but he also stopped a breakaway by their top scorer. The 3rd goal was a bad break (stupid glass) and not his fault.
Biron played OK and made some nice saves, but Hank wins that game. The 1st goal was terrible positioning by Biron on the rebound leaving the short side wide open. The PP goal was a deflected pass onto Kovalchuk's stick, so he can't be blamed for that one. And even though the 3rd goal was a fluke bounce, it was a straight on shot by Clarkson and Biron didn't even move. He looked frozen on Kovalchuk's shoot-out goal too. Not all Biron's fault for the loss, but it really shows how much the Rangers rely on Hank to pick them up.
I think this game demonstrated that the one thing that separates the Rangers from other teams is Henrik Lundqvist.
I was at the game, from the end of the 1st and on the game was very exciting. Not sure why lundqvist didnt get the start, baffles me since he should have been rested and his record against marty and the devils is outstanding. Biron played well but like kevin said that first goal should have not gone in. It was more the rebound on Parise's 1st shot he left than positioning.
Dont understand why Torts has such a hard on for Feds and Prust. I saw Torts smack Prust in the back on the bench yelling at him trying to motivate him. I feel like its pee wee hockey and daddy is playing his sons even though they suck. Also cant understand why the coldest player on the team, dubinksy, is out on the PP. I
Best hit was when rupper flattened clarkson, i was ten rows back from the glass. Cally like always throwing the body also.
My last comment is Richards looked tired/sluggish out there. Just seem like he was struggling to do anything. I know kevin kids around with the breakup of Munn but professional athlete or not something like that can bother a man and prevent proper rest. Richards definitely needs to get going or we will slip out of 1st.
i would love the stats of the last 5 stanley cup winners PP percentage and rank in the league for that season and playoffs.
@TheKing Boston last year: 16.2% regular season, 11.4% playoffs. Chicago '10: 17.7/22.5, Pittsburgh '09: 17.2/20.6, Detroit '08: 20.7/18.9, Ducks '07: 22.4/15.2.
The good news: it is possible to win without a great power play. The numbers are getting lower each year, so maybe 13 will be a lucky number this year.
The bad news: the way our power play is going, it will be a struggle to stay at 13%.
I'll knock Fedetenko, cause that last game could come sooner than not if he stays in the lineup. Think he must have naked pics of Torts or Sather's wife, cause nothing else can explain him getting more playing time than Hags last night.
@AnnoyingJoe So why not put wolski or zucc or even dare I say it Avery in and just put feds in the last game of the year??
Tough loss cause we should have won. They need to regulate the boards and glass. their were wacky bounces all over the place. When I saw that one my jaw literally dropped and I thought I was seeing things. Also I believe hank saves the 1st goal. I love secondary scoring...but the big guys need to step up...so the secondary scoring...pads the game, not wins/losses it
On that first one - Hank doesn't have to save it, cause there'd be no huge rebound right back to the shooter. By the way, bickel did deflect that one, so if Hank did have to save it he may not have.
@ChrisP By playing in that building all the time he knew where to hit the glass to make it bounce back in front of the net. The replay of the game tying goal enforces that idea. It's unfortunate but I'll stop short of saying it's an illegal setting. I would expect players in any sport to find little advantages in their own building. It's up to the NHL if they want to enforce stricter regulations on the boards and glass. Until then it's going to be part of the game.
@thenyrblog All the Devils do is win in shootouts.