The New York Rangers (18-15-3) defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-10-0) by the score of 6-1, tonight. For a box score, click here.
...talk about making your new boss look good. Wow. Listen, who knows how this season ends and what kind of impact the new guys will have, but for one night this Rangers squad resembled the team we fell in love with last year.
...you always hear about players needing a change of scenery, but Ryane Clowe took that to a new level tonight. This move could have Avery circa 2007 written all over it.
...earlier today, while discussing the three players the Rangers received in return for Gaborik, Joe Micheletti specifically mentioned to Mike Francesa on WFAN about how, despite being a third line center, Brassard was very good on the power play. And, man, did Brassard make Micheletti look good. Great vision as well as feel where his teammates are. Very much needed element for the Rangers extra man.
...you have to wonder if the Gaborik trade lit a fire under Richards, who looked like a different player out there. Nothing motivates a player more than ownership sending a message that no one is untouchable.
...by the same token, Boyle looked real comfortable now that he doesn't have to worry about being traded anymore.
...Roman Hamrlik better find a comfortable seat in that press box because if John Moore can continue to play like that he's going to have a permanent spot up there.
...can someone please tell Lundqvist to stop making saves with his head.
...sure the new guys seemed to spark the offense tonight, but it really started rolling the last game against the Jets when they finally started forechecking again, which obviously carried over to tonight.
...the lack of complaining from the Penguins was tangible without Crosby in the line-up.
...if Powe can't score on that open net opportunity, I'm pretty confident he won't be scoring at all this season.
...amazing, a Rangers fight and a Rangers win. Funny how that works.
...tonight's win actually moved the Rangers into 7th place because of tie-breakers.
...all year on this blog, we've talked about how playing tough and dirty would lead to offense and these last two games have proven that theory correct. Gaborik will be missed and I think he'll regain his scoring touch in Columbus, but at the end of the day I think the moves that Sather has made the last two days have turned the Rangers back into the team they need to be in order to be successful in the NHL.
...second half of home and home with Penguins on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Thanks Curt, was about to say the same exact thing. Lets give it a few games before saying this was the answer to all the problems.
The gods were with the Rangers last night. Fleury looked like his playoff self from 2012 -- especially on Moore's goal. But seriously, it was like Zeus was saying, "All the new guys shall score! Oops, forgot about Moore. There we go."
I want to point out some key differences between Clowe and Prust, however. They are most similar in their hearts where there isn't anything they wouldn't do to win. Prust is a happy-go-lucky jokey kinda swashbuckler. Clowe is a raging volcano. Prust is smaller, very smart, gets around by his wits. Clowe takes direct lines and plows right through. Prust is faster, more spastically energetic, excellent defensively, but Clowe is a far more talented hockey player with excellent hands, a nose for the puck and really good vision from the half wall -- check out some of the passes he made from the half wall last night; watch some of his games with SJ. Clowe makes very quick decisions with the puck and is much more dynamic in the offensive zone. Prust is much more responsible defensively but not that creative with the puck. He's creative physically, though. He's more exuberant and volatile. Clowe is very emotionally consistent. Both are really good at understanding when their teams need them to step up.
As you can tell, I really like Clowe. He has his weaknesses -- speed, defensive zone mistakes -- but he's one of those untouchable guys you can't replace, one of those guys you need to win a championship. I personally feel that this kind of player is much more important than a Gaborik type sniper. I feel similarly about Prust, but Clowe is the better player between the two -- hands down. Take a look at the LA King model from last year -- their squad is full of tough, gritty, heart guys, and they only have one true sniper in Kopitar (I guess you could make a case for Carter, but, meh). That was the key to their success last year: there was no letdown top to bottom. Every playoff game they played was a war of attrition -- and they always ended up with the upper hand. This is the type of team the Rangers need and the city deserves.
Now we need to lock Clowe down.
Jury's out on the return we got from Gaborik. I'm not so sure it was a win. Brassard is skilled, for sure, but not that tough on his skates. Moore not quite big enough. I don't know much about Dorsett. At least we got 3 guys who can play now, though, so we still have a shot this year.
Saying these moves turned them back into the team they need to be after just ONE game is jumping the gun don't you think? The way these guys have played so far scares me because you never know what team is going to show up to play..Will it be the team that plays their heart out or will it be the team that does shit on the ice and constantly misses the net.. Its like a dr jekyll and mr hyde team..
Just want to add a quick something about the trade that a lot of people seem to have over looked.... Columbus and the Rangers are in the same division next year...so you know all our ex players (6 now?) are gonna shell us....and has anyone forgot that Gaborik OWNS Lundqvist....We are gonna get shelled lol
@ryan i cant remember last time we had someome to clear net on offensive and defensive.i read clowe is our milan lucic.Love that comparison.Big,nasty with offense=game changer
I watched it a few times, and made a point of focusing on each player individually. Looks like a clear win by Asham who landed a few brutal right hands. The best shot Glass got in was the body shot. Asham otherwise managed to protect himself well.
While the rangers have had some good games this season none have had the passion behind them like last nights did, genuinely felt like I was watching a game from last season. The smiles on the guys faces afterwards showed it too.
Just watched the highlights. I'll probably do that a couple more times today. That's fun. The Asham fight was not included. How was it?
Kinda strange seeing numbers 16 and 17 out there on different backs. If they keep playing like they did last night it will be easy getting used to it.
Here's hoping they don't over-coach here but keep it simple and foster everybody's playing like a team.
@TheNYRBlog love the Crosby comment
I've said all along that Gaborik needed to be moved. Is it a gamble? Absolutely. Gaborik is a natural scorer, but he is useless to the Rangers if he can't bury the biscuit. I think this move was a good salary dump, too, given the players that must be signed. Gave SJ too much for Clowe, however, though I like what he brings.
@TheNYRBlog toughness and depth. Basically we are closer to 2012 team except we have Nash instead of gabby.
@TheNYRBlog I couldn't agree more. Last nights game was incredible.
@TheNYRBlog Kevin, you prefer Hank making saves with his head or Bryzgalov letting the puck because he can't use his head? kk
@TheNYRBlog best game all season. they where attacking them from every angle. Best way to beat pens is play them like that.
One game does not make a season.Lets see if thay can continnue winning. Now if they will only buy out Richards this summer, it will make my year. Gabby will be missed. To bad that he turned out to be a head case which limited his ability to score.
@TheNYRBlog hopefully Torts doesn't taint them. They looked great moving the puck last night. Friday will be a real test. Pitt was dead
@TheNYRBlog Missed? Can't agree with that. This year's Gabby is not missed.
@TheNYRBlog The team Torts wants them to be.
@TheNYRBlog I think Boyle can now play his style without worrying about fighting.
Who are these guys and what did they do with the Rangers?
Couldn't believe what I saw last night. Hell of a fun game to watch, and sure feels good to beat the Penguins so soundly. Not prepared to get too excited after only one game - thinking the Pens will be PISSED on Friday and will be much harder to play against - but for today at least this feels pretty good.
@TheNYRBlog couldn't agree more team is way deeper and if Torts insists on playing his style were much better with the new guys
@TheNYRBlog I particularly enjoyed watching us take shots from the point through traffic for once
@TheNYRBlog it would certainly appear so, though obviously our sample size at this juncture is quite small
In a nut shell......Torts was asked by Pierre Maguire how he handles three new guys in the line-up......Torts answers simply by saying, "let them Play"!!!! Please Torts, practice what you preach. Let these guys play and STOP over coaching. If a guys has a bad shift or makes a mistake please dont treat it like its the end of the world. JUST LET THEM PLAY exactly how they played last night!!!!
Love the fact we had a presence in front of the net! Haven't had a guy like Clowe there all year. Hope this continues. Last night was awesome!
Hopefully this means that the new guys didn't drink the Torts Kool-Aid yet.
Hopefully this means that they don't like Kool-Aid.
Hopefully this means that this complete 180 degree turn isn't just an anomaly.
Hopefully Hamrlik gets sent down to the Whale... forever.
Hopefully we all remain hopeful that this season may turn out decent.
Most refreshing thing was just seeing the team play hockey and not just "the system.". Aggressive forechecking. Creative moves and passing. And some fists. Don't screw this up Torts. Take a hint.
and yeah, i can't find any video on youtube where they announce the 3 stars of the game. On TV it was cut because they switched to a game in Anaheim in a hurry. I really want to see clowe and brassard get cheers from crowd. So, if someone found the video please post the link.
watched the game on TV. Unbelieveable effort and victory! I was so happy! I guess Sather looks like a genius for now. Let's hope that boys can keep playing like this. Really liked Brassard yesterday, he played great. LGR!
If the Rangers can win the games left then this trade deserves the crazy praise.
Have to see how it plays out for the rest of the season and playoffs.Clowe looked really good, Moore has good potential and goodbye Hamrlyk. Brassard has skill.
Overall got some better balance on the 4 lines and D.but still plenty room for improvement-Pyatt played his same game-lets just play the boards till we're exhausted and nothing else.Powe gets his chance with plenty of time and misses open net.
Bottom line -reality check-the Rangers have to be consistently as good or better as this game.However, that's 2 more points and back into playoff picture.
@KevinDeLury couldn't agree with you more these moves have turned the rangers back into the team they need to be. Paid a heavy price for Clowe, but maybe he's worth it. He's big and mean - just what the doctor ordered.
The Gaborik trade will be one of the best Sather ever made. Gaborik is a ghost of a former 40 goal scorer. All these pundits that say that Columbus did great at the trading deadline have NO IDEA what a black hole Gaborik is. Not only did the Rangers get some quality talent in Brassard, and huge potential in Moore, they added by subtraction by jettisoning Gaborik.
I feel badly for Columbus. They keep shooting themselves in the foot. It's astonishing to me that nobody realized how far he has fallen.
@Hotfreak From what I've read Dorsett is an animal who will hit anything on 2 skates. He may turn out to be the better of the 3 acquisitions. I think he's out for the rest of this season
@ChrisP Expect Anisimov and Dubinsky to shell us. Expect nothing from Gaborik. He's not quite done but he needs the exact right conditions to thrive.
i did overlook that, forgot about the new divisions
it'll be weird facing the fellas ...
@scrangersfan You're insane if you think we should get rid of Richards also.
@RangerGuy99 I focused in on the "let them play" comment as well. Notice how well Kreider played last year when he just let him play?
@ShreddyMercury here's to hoping.
@Medvjed004 I was at the game last night! 3rd star was Brassard, 2nd was Richards, and 1st was Clowe. There were a lot of cheers for the new guys.
@rangersfan @KevinDeLury He may bounce back next year after a long off season to rest that shoulder + not playing under Torts. I love Gabby but it became all too apparent that he was playing scared this season and hurting himself and the team - wish him well. With the uncertainty of major shoulder surgery, 30+ and the cap and add to that his unhappiness here they pretty much had to move him and almost didn't, so actually I have to say IMHO that the league did notice how far he's fallen and nobody wanted to pay his salary. Think of what we got in return for one of the "elite snipers" in the league. Solid players yes, and the type we need but peanuts if you really think about it.
@Betweentheworlds I think he's back by the end of the regular season. I'll check out some footage on him.
@greggray24 I would be shocked if Fridays game is played with the same attitude. torts has two practices to "over-coach" the team. Torts tries to do too much. Hockey is a reaction sport and on-ice decisions are made in a fraction of a second. We all see the difference from playoff Kreider to current Kreider. In the playoffs last year he just played.....yeah made some mistakes but everyone makes mistakes. I used to coach youth hockey and currently coach youth basketball......one thing i always tell the kids is that they will make mistakes....what we can do is try our best to limit the mistakes.
But you're point about what we got in return is well taken. If he were truly an elite player, we would have received a prized prospect + something, so yes, his stock has fallen in a big way - just not as far as it should have. Brassard has got skills. If going to "new environment" actually helps people, it seems just as likely that Brassard may be the beneficiary as opposed to Gaborik.
Count me as someone as VERY excited about the changes they made on the whole, even if they overpaid for Clowe.
@rangersfan @KevinDeLury I dont know CBJ other than half our team is over there now lol but from what I've heard Dorsett is a fucking animal who hits anything that moves. I personally don't think we overpaid for Clowe. draft picks often amount to shit and he brings alot to the table that we've been missing.