Fortunate to come away with a point. The bigger issue here is that the Rangers were basically up against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Baby Penguins and failed to take advantage of the glaring deficiencies at the bottom of the Pittsburgh lineup. Give credit to the Rangers though for not giving up and clawing back to tie and send the game to OT.
Nice to see Hagelin respond to the 4th line demotion with a goal to tie the game before the end of the first period. Hagelin's lightning quick speed after a defensive zone faceoff win enabled him to get past two Penguin defenders and snuck the puck between Fleury's legs.
Fleury is going to want the Rangers second goal back. A simple wrister from John Moore squeaks through and Zuccarello wins the race to the net with the puck sitting in the crease.
Heck of a shot by Brassard to tie the game on the power play after Pouliot's shot missed wide and found Brassard sniped a shot beneath the crossbar from the bottom of the left circle. Incredibly difficult for a left handed shot to make that play.
How to properly defend on the PK:
Note the Rangers diamond setup that effectively takes away shooting lanes and keeps the puck to the outside.
How to NOT properly defend on the PK:
The Rangers diamond defense turns into an arrowhead. Del Zotto vacates the low slot allowing Jussi Jokinen to creep into the spot Del Zotto just vacated. DZ was also slow to react to the pass to Jokinen and was never close to picking up Kunitz who had free reign to hack away at Lundqvist until the puck was in the net.
On Pittsburgh's second goal, McDonagh's stick that broke behind the net began the sequence of a couple cross ice passes that Dupuis finished on. Kunitz lost McDonagh behind him, who setup Crosby for Dupuis and Lundqvist was never able to get his glove on the puck. Ranger defenders basically watched Pittsburgh pass with sticks off the ice and just overly slow to react.
Pittsburgh's third goal... Del Zotto 1 on 1 with Brandon Sutter, allows the forward to deke him to the middle of the ice and roof a backhander past Lundqvist just 1:01 after making it 2-1. Hockey 101, guys and gals... never allow an opponent an inside route to the net.
With the holiday roster freeze set for midnight Thursday night, it'll be interesting to see if the Rangers try something desperate before the season starts slipping away. Just a bad roster right now if the effort we saw tonight was the best the Rangers can muster against a top team riddled with injuries to its top players.
Del Zotto had just 3 more shifts over the final 19 minutes of the third and OT.
Would've figured Nash would dominate against extremely favorable matchups. Instead, he played down to the opposition and looked lost defensively, especially on Pittsburgh's second goal where it looked like he didn't know which man was his.
Hopefully Lundqvist is ok after Kunitz ran him in OT. The Rangers did the right thing by not taking a retaliation penalty immediately after. Besides, after the failed Ranger power play, Pouliot had his way with Simon Despres once Despres got close to Lundqvist. The best revenge is beating them on the scoreboard.
And come on NBCSN, how can that possibly be defended. Kunitz had time to move out of the way or brake. He didn't.
The Rangers have just 3 games left on the 9 game homestand and have just 3 points to show thus far. As the Rangers continue to fall out of the playoff picture it won't be difficult to find where this season went awry if the mediocrity continues into the spring.
Game 7 of the homestand continues Friday night against the Islanders.
Tweet of the Night:
Hey let's call Michael Del Zotto MZ instead of MDZ because clearly there's no D in his game whatsoever
— Jill (@Jill_Pino) December 19, 2013
Follow me on twitter: @NYRblogneill
Other rookies make mistakes and don't get sat or sent back down.On this team thats what happens.We need McIIrath and Allen to be on the roster in a couple of months playing dependably.Hopefully Girardi will be replaced and MDZ traded by then also. Fast up Kristo up we coud have a much better younger team.
Is it me or do other teams seem to be able to bring up 19,20yr D-men or for that matter even forwards and they either competent or even good and the Rangers seem to developing a player all the time until of course they trade them. Those other organizations must be really lucky with their picks.
Maybe Nash is using a longer stick now that he is older and is not use to it or since they can't trade Richards they can trade Nash and get support he needs, well i guess he wouldn't be here and the Rangers then can get the support they need.
Isn't that the old defensive system that Girardi is playing when he is laying on ice.
Also don't you have to be able to pass the puck well to be a puck control team and wouldn't you have guys who can shoot the puck on the PP.
It would be fun to see a team with 5 or 6 Zucarellas hitting, passing, scoring, making moves, mixing it up, going to the net, in front of the net, on the PK, PP maybe even make one the coach and GM
I like chemistry is brewing back for the team, but MDZ, sorry MZ is just terrible in D end (may be AV could move him as a wing? Celious for example up until Junior was F not D), and B Richards just doesn't move his feet....
Oh stop w the injury nonsense of the pens. Rnt they still first, even with a loss last night. Crosby, kunitz, dupuis, sutter, fluery. I get it. There banged up. We r missing a few key pieces too. We played bad. Thats it. We always have defensive lapses. We are often running around wo a head on. Even of we make the playoffs. We have slim chance imo
OK, Slats.... Torts was not the problem. Vancouver is the hottest team in the west. Now what? I think the problem is the guy that throws the pucks out for warm ups. Slats is going after him next..... You heard it from me first!
John Moore has been getting a lot of heat lately, and maybe rightfully so, but one thing I love about the guy is he's one of the few that will actually stick up for teammates after the scrum. I know a lot of you guys talk about us needing that, and he seems to go unnoticed in that aspect. Missed the game last night but watched the highlight video above, looked like the rangers had a number of chances and like usual didn't bury them. I agree with gravey below, I don't care they lost, they fought back against a great team and gathered a point....they also scored TWO goals in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd. Most games when I see that score even in the second I am forced to think game over.
Wondering if theres anything brewing in Sathers pot for movement.
Damn hags goal was nice. Brass's goal was a beauty too, thats a hard damn shot to pull off.
This team earned 5 points in their previous 7 December games. You guys can all be as negative as you want. I'm taking the 3 points in the past 2 games and running with it!! Oh sure, there are plenty of issues, but you have to start somewhere. Down 3-1 in the 3rd, this team had no business getting a point, yet they did. 2 games now they've battled back from deficits. I'm not saying they're there yet, but that's what successful teams do. 2 weeks ago, that game ends up being 4 or 5 to 1. So go look for a jug to re-fill your half empty glasses, mine's still half-full so I'm fine.
Was at the Garden last night. First time this year. First two periods it was like a morgue in there… straight Crickets. More suits than I remember… kind of depressing. For the most part with the exception of Zucc, Dorsett, and Mac Truck the team looked uninspired and withdrawn. Change gone come. It has to.
And for you Kreider lovers, I would take Evander Kane now then Kreider in 2-3 years when he might figure out how to play the game (with his great talents) you can have all the talent in the world but if you don't know how to use them, whats the use
Latest meeting between Slats and AV:
"Hey dude, we got our asses kicked again huh huh huh"
"huh huh huh..You said.....ASS ..huh huh huh huh huh...."
I truely feel for the fans who paid their hard earned money for (season) tickets to watch this shit show of a team.It would not be so bad if this team actually showed up all 3 periods and acted like they had a pulse. It should not take a diffibulator in between the 2nd and third period every game to get them going
In a nutshell...over the past couple of years...that was a game we'd win...take the two points....move on. Middle of the pack teams don't typically do that...trends about trailing entering 3rd period....record when scoring the first goal of the game...taking a lead into the 3rd period. New stat for me...special teams quotient....our PK has been very good....our PP just isn't getting it done and no team with a 17% success rate on the PP wins...or gets out of the middle of the pack...which is where we are. We've played exactly like a team one game under .500....yet we seem surprised. How about this stat..."big salary choke quotient"...I saw $22M in 3 guys who have played well beneath their paycheck...Nash, Richards and Hank. Think about it...we're one game under with them...we'd be no worse than one game under without them too.
Said this on twitter as well, but what does Pitt winning 9 out of its last 10 represent then? Rangers arent a good team. Time people accept that.
@TheNYRBlog So the 9 wins out of the last 10 by Pitt means what exactly?
@TheNYRBlog 6 nhl players but 1 is best in world n playing like it. His line had puck in rangers zone every single shift they played.
Problem with the Rangers right now is they have 3, 4th lines... And one scoring line that can't score...
I'm tired of seeing Girardi. Playing soft first goal was all on him for not clearing the crease.....
Hank gets run over and Girardi bears hugs the guy...While the Pen player is throwing punches....
Enough of the BS with this guy....
We will not be able to succeed when Brad Richards is getting over 23 minutes of ice time and is playing in nearly every important situation. I don't care if he leads the team in scoring. He is soft and his decisions are horrible. 4 on 3 in overtime and he misses the night wide left by about five feet? that is just not a smart play. Most of his points this year have been on fluky goals and blind passes in the offensive zone that just happened to work out. He is a Ranger i wish him nothing but success but this team will not be successful with him as top three forward. Not sure about everyone else but my shooters last night would have included Kreider, Stepan and Hagelin. That is our core and they need to be cast in important situations.
It's just getting to the point where its not funny any more. The opponent scores a goal and the first thing I do is look for Del Zaster. It's like a quick game of Where's Waldo. And 9 times out of 10, there's that damn #4, usually heavily involved in the play or to the side of the screen bc he's so far out of position.
Anything Sather can get for this kid at this point will be win/win. AV needs to stop having the option to give him second and third chances. Hopefully his benching last night was the last straw.
In a vacuum, this wasn't a bad game. The Rangers had moments where they sputtered but they also had moments of solid possession, they just didn't generate enough. They dug themselves out of a hole against a 1st place team, who, yes, are decimated by injuries and suspensions, but have still managed to win 10 of their past 11. If we were 20-15 right now, we'd take the point and move on. But when you know the big picture, every loss is just twisting the knife more and more.
No chance somebody buy Nash's contract, no single GM will take this, this guy is going to stay with us till his contract expires, hopefully he will get his confidence and feet back
Cloning is possible already :D
@stevmoreStapled to the bench.
@gravey94 Agreed, for a team that's really fighting it and very low on confidence getting two games in a row where they were down 2 goals to OT is a good thing. They have a LOOOONNNNG ways to go in the confidence department to even be considered a decent team but at least they've got something they can build on.
@Iron MikeDo you think it's a matter of the team just sucking or is it more a leadership problem. We're not a top team yet, that's a given and I've known that the last couple seasons but on paper we shouldn't be this bad, and in fact should be only 2 or 3 trades away from being a legit contender. Baffling.
@Bring back Langdon @gravey94 I like Kane as well but I don't understand your points. So far Kane and Kreider are on a par, both young, full of potential and neither has put up any big numbers yet. Only difference I see is that Kane has a bit more NHL experience but Kreids learning curve has been tremendous this year. Also Kane is known to have attitude problems and until it's certain he's grown up and won't cause distractions I'm not so quick to jump on the band wagon, and I'd absolutely refuse if it means trading Kreids
I don't get all the love for Kane. He's a nice player no doubt, but the ransom the Jets would be looking for is ridiculous. He's eclipsed 50 points once and he's on pace this year to have just under 50. Again, nice production, but not superstar quality. He's basically a younger taller version of Cally.
@oddsr3to1 If the Rangers are a good team, that's a game they shoudl win. Period.
@dkiff77 If the Rangers are a good team, that's a game they should win. Period.
@VinTric9 If the Rangers are a good team, that's a game they shoudl win. Period.
And when Vitale was swiping at puck Girardi left the crease area and Nash had to tackle him.
I agree with your last sentence. The stage before full-out firesale is to start putting your future stars in positions where they'll probably fail, but will learn. A guy like Kreider, especially, need to be in shootouts, need to be on the OT 4-on-3 PP, might even need to learn to penalty kill. Even if this team pulls together and hits their collective ceiling, it's still doubtful that theyre a Cup Contender, so ther needs to be some focus on developing Kreider, Miller, McIlrath, etc. into players who can handle the NHL. It's great that the organization doesn't rush things and lets them develop in the AHL, but at some point you can only be as good as they players you're playing against.
@EugenePlaksienko Our luck Sather would probably clone Richards and his contract
Point is Kreider looks lost 3/4 of the time and doesnt use his talents as well as Kane,I do not feel Kreider will ever reach the potential everyone thinks he will. here you get what your waiting on with kreider now instead of possibly 3 years from now.Plus as bad a team as the Rangers are theJets are worse. Kane is a target there he would have help here and would have a much higher ceiling with nash and step than Kreider
all I am saying is Kreider has potential and might turn into a star,Kane already does all that Kreider does and is much tougher and talented right now. You dont give away age and you get what kreider might be,now.throw in MDZ and a prospect and bring back buff too, and both teams are happy and we get a great shot from the point and a d-man backand can afford to trade that lump of shit Girardi to torts at the deadline
@maddo305 FYI Chicago was at 16.6 PP percentage last year. Boston was at 14.8 percent, 26 th in the league.
@TheNYRBlog They arent. Aside from one good streak what have they done to show you otherwise?
@TheNYRBlog at least we didn't lose 5-1, like San Jose. And that IS a very good team. Pens only loss came at Boston (3-2) in this stretch
@TheNYRBlog do u think the biggest missing piece on this team is a legit puck moving D w a hammer at the point?
@TheNYRBlog that i totally agree w but the same can be said for the 9 tms before NYR played those bums Good hard nosed hockey players on Pit
@mando24179 Nice to see other people notice this. Take Girardi down from his pedestal. The guy blows in a system where D is not the priority, where he can be exposed for the undrafted player he is. Why he was laying down on that goal is beyond my comprehension...
And based on your logic, why would the Jets trade Kane for a lesser player in your opinion.