The New York Rangers (22-17-4) defeated the Florida Panthers (13-24-6) by the score of 6-1, tonight. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports.
...what's amazing is that despite the 6-1 win, except for the final five minutes, the Rangers really didn't play a great game. If they play anyone but that putrid Panthers team they probably lose. Having said that, who cares? With just five games left, two points are two points and that was a HUGE win.
...for the first time in about a decade, Rangers fans were able to experience how power play goals can actually help a team, not playing at their best, win.
...what impressed me the most about Brassard's game tonight, other than the obvious two goals, was the passion he showed after scoring. The guy is relishing his opportunity to play in New York and he's filling a tremendous emotional hole the Rangers have.
...as if we weren't loving Moore already, now he's fighting? Team seemed to gain a ton of energy from his dust-up. Funny how that works.
...in the grand scheme of the game, Brad Richards' 1g, 1a really weren't all that big, but for a guy in desperate need of a major confidence boost, it was huge.
...Zuccarello finally starting to find the back of the net.
...if that Steven McDonald pre-game speech isn't played by Tortorella before the remaining five games, he should be fired. I know it pumped me up:
“We need one shift, one play, one block, one goal. To make this season a memorable one. So get it done.”
...speaking of Steven McDonald, yes, Callahan deserved the award. Stepan is having a great season, but it's the "extra effort" award and no one brings more effort on a gamely basis than Callahan.
...Lundqvist made up for a lot of defensive miscues tonight. A lot of them. If they can't clean this up, I don't think they make it to the playoffs.
...the play Del Zotto made on the final goal actually pissed me off because it proves what a great talent he is, but for whatever reason he can't get it done on a consistent basis.
...i actually thought, despite just getting seven minutes, Kreider looked solid with Powe and Asham on the fourth line that played with a ton of energy.
...ho-hum, just another multi-point game (1g, 2a) for Nash. His 12th of the season.
...once again, absolutely no help around the league as the Islanders, Ottawa, Devils and Winnipeg all win tonight. Unbelievable.
...right back at it tomorrow night in Buffalo. Rangers cannot afford a letdown against another inferior opponent.
Agree on all the Krieder comments. I'm watching the game seeing Krieder out there with Asham and Powe. What a joke. Throw the good-for-nothing Pyatt on the fourth line and bring Krieds up to the 3rd line at least. Look at what he did in the playoffs last year against Ottawa when he was on the top line.
Just another thought...when Miller was up, I could not for the life of me figure out why Torts wasn't going with a youth/speed line in Krieder-Miller-Hags. Put them on a line with our top D pair and you've got a nasty team on the ice that can produce points and outskate opponents.
Maybe the game plan is to try and come out play hard for the first ten minutes and then hold 'em off until you go for a third period push ..... 'cause it doesn't look like to many of our guys are playing 60 minutes. Tough year to award someone for "extra effort."
I just don't get it. If you're going to call a player up from the Whale to play just 7 mins, why call up Kreider when all along you've (Torts) said he needs to learn to play. Call up a "veteran" instead. Someone like Haley,Newbury or Ferriero for those 7 mins and leave Kreider with the Whale playing 20+ mins a night to develop. He's a scorer not a 4th line grinder. Seriously???? Playing Pyatt on the 3rd line. That's a 4th line player. Not Kreider. Just don't understand their logic
I know it's a minor thing in the grand scheme of things but Hank has won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award exactly once and that was in his rookie year. As much as I love Cally and he effort he puts in, there is not a person on this team that puts forth more effort game in and game out than Hank. IMHO, for him not to have won this at least the past 2 years shows that this award itself (not Steve McDonald or his actions) means nothing anymore. It has become a popularity contest at best.
Great win last night. Good teams find a way to win, even when they don't have their best games.
The extra effort trophy should have been awarded to Lundqvist. he deserve it more than Callahan. Without Hank, the season woud be already over for the Rangers.
"We want Moore, we want Moore"
but really, I think I have a crush on him, and Brassard for that matter.
We need more of Moore! Here’s a kid who wants to play in New York. He’s playing hard, scoring, fighting, and gutting it out. Wow did he wake up the team.
I think Richards was afraid they were going to rip the “A” off and give to Brassard. He finally woke up and started playing. After last night I think everyone realizes how much we need Staal back. The defense was sloppy and confused at times.
Yes, it was nice to see Boyle off the ice. He plays like a “Ground Sloth”
To your question: I care. Yes, I'm happy they won, but what does it tell you that Hank is the number one star in a 6-1 win? For a desperate team, they played terribly most of the evening. Making the playoffs and getting blown out by likely first round opponent Pittsburgh is no great honor. They need to bring their game up significantly.
That was the closest 6-1 game I've ever seen. But if it builds confidence ill take it. Moore and Broussard are playing better and better.
Brassard, Zuccs Moore have all been showing up for the games.They showed up again last night.Richards showed up last night too and that is good.Hope he got the spark he needs so desperately.Man, did Moore ever give a beatin' on Skille!Brassard has to keep shooting the puck and not slip into the pass first mode.He is on his game and should be on it for a long stretch now if he isn't messed with.He has to keep shooting tho.Happy for Zuccs.What a weird vampire stare he has when he was ready to fight that Panther.Krieder seemed to play more intensely in his last shifts after sittin on the bench for so long-maybe he is starting to grasp he has to do something every shift with Torts.Overall, Rangers showed why they are a superior team but they have to play much better or they will be on the losing end against higher quality teams.
Speaking of the SEL award whatever happened to Joel lundquist he was a solid 3 4 th liner in Dallas Would the rangers ever be interested in him?
AND HERE ARE MY TOP 10 OBSERVATIONS ON TONIGHT'S GAME:
10. Brassard was a good catch
9. Richey looks good when there's nothing on the line. Stop pressuring yourself!
8. Moore is about to announce that he will leave professional Hockey for his shot at the Light heavyweight crown
7. .Does anyone miss Esa Tikkanen?
6. Brian Leech would have had a "triple hat trick" tonight
5. My grandmother could have had a hat trick tonight (and she's dead).
4. Second assist on the 1st Zucc goal: Clowe. Primary assist: Goal net.
3. The Rangers players are all psychic and KNOW they will get into the playoffs, so why play hard?
2. You better let Nashty have that puck Brass-man. Let the Wookie win!
1. Zucc is the best goal scorer in the league when nobody covers him
MVP TOO!!!!!!! LET THIS KID PLAY THIS YEAR
First of all something that wasn't mentioned... Lindberg winning the SEL title tonight, but hopefully an article tomorrow :).
Now for my analysis. This game, I hope, is exactly what you said about Richards. The Rangers = Brad Richards. In the sense that they have been disappointing, and at times downright putrid. But in garbage time against a garbage team, Richards was able to do something. Maybe it was just what we needed on our schedule. Playing this, semi-AHL team, gave the Rangers a much needed boost. It showed them that, they can score, and they can hit, and they can fight. Which is exactly what Richards figured out tonight. Tonight Brad Richards realized that he is an NHL player, and a good one at that. I know it was the Panthers, but sometimes that is exactly what the Dr. ordered, and this could be the stepping stone to larger things... But funny how the Rangers seem to be tied to Richards success... huh?
One last thing, first star no question Mr. Moore. I would argue he is our best dman right now.... He is active, he is physical, and he doesn't take crap from anyone. It is a crime if this kid doesn't get at least 12 minutes a game down the stretch.
People need to stop bitching about WAH THIS GAME WAS SO BAD WE DIDNT DESERVE THE POINTS WAH WAH. It's two points, fucking suck it up and be happy will you? And Moore's fight........wow. Didn't think he had that in him, would be a stretch but if he did that a little more often I'd love the kid more than I do already...
I voted for Stepan for the award, I understand what Cally brings to this club but what Stepan has done this season is nothing short of spectacular. Likely not talking playoffs w/o his output.
The fight was awesome. I missed the game, was listening to it on the radio, so I just watched it now. Maybe Dubinsky rubbed of on this kid a bit...
@TheNYRBlog Richards is like that qb who throws for 500 and 3 Tds after his team is down 35-0
@gravey94 This, 1,000 times this. Hank deserved it.
@BigBrian1226 Pyatt is soooo much worse though. That guy is useless. Size with no bite. Doesn't score. Doesn't fight. I think my gf is tired of hearing me curse at my TV every time he hits the ice.
@Vkinc74 captain of Frolunda
this should be Letterman's Top Ten countdown ... 3, 2, 1, are the best
@Betweentheworlds LOL! Wookie....or Jesus....take your pick. :)
wins 60 percent in the faceoff dot... enough said
@Josh6 Lindberg article ready and waiting to post tomorrow morning!
@PenaltySh0t Why? I like his game. Doesn't make many mistakes, plays physically, reliable. He doesn't get a lot of mention during games cause he does his job well.
@thenyrblogneill All good choices but my vote would be the King - his play has truly been above and beyond the call this year, and he has been really working hard to try and rally this club
@thenyrblogneill Totally agree with you Neill, but not sure that's what the extra effort award is about. Whatever, Rangers won and that's all that matters.
idk but from all this, it looks like this kid, and not fast, miller and Kreider will be the favorites to make the roster. That being said anything can happen. Another thing, if this kid is what the stats say, maybe after next year if Richards is poor, it makes it a lot easier to buy him out with this kind of center now on the team as well
@KevinDeLury didnt know he won MVP too, this kid is a gem
@nyrfan747 Idkkk when he makes mistakes it's very obvious. Twice him being caught out of position he let an odd man rush form, idk he just never wooed me, doesn't do anything particularly well.
@KevinDeLury @thenyrblogneill I'll agree the win is all that matters but I've been waiting to see the "extra effort" we know Cally can bring all season. Every other year, I have understood him winning that award. This year, he's hasn't been what we expect from him nor what we need from him. That said, he was last night so if the award woke him up, give it to him before every game through June ;-)
@PenaltySh0t @nyrfan747 I play a lot of EASHL in NHL 13 and I play D. One thing the simulation taught me is that forwards can screw up multiple times a game and things can still turn out alright. A D Man makes one mistake and it can come at the cost of a goal.
That being said here's to Moore / McIlrath 5/6 pair next season!