The New York Rangers (18-18-2) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-16-5) by the score of 2-1 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...resiliency. Overcoming adversity. Absolutely loving how mentally tough this Rangers team has been lately. After that unconscionable no whistle on the Kadri goal, it could have easily become unglued, but give AV credit for keeping his cool, which likely gave his team a sense of calm. Wins like this bring a team together.
...HBO must have wanted some drama in next week's episode of 24/7 and had Bettman make sure the refs obliged, because it's inexcusable to allow two chops on Talbot when he obviously had the puck frozen.
...Lundqvist isn't getting traded and he's still the Rangers starting goaltender, but when the puck drops in Washington Friday night, Talbot has to be between the pipes for the Blueshirts.
...Zuccarello is already a rock star in Norway and if continues to play like this there's not going to be too many bars in Manhattan he's going to be paying for drinks in.
...Miller from Kreider? I could get used to hearing that for the next decade.
...speaking of Kreider, how about that stare down with Phaneuf? Love that he didn't back down.
...how is it possible that the Rangers two best players are dragging this team down? This nice little run to end the homestand is completely due to the work of the Blueshirts secondary players.
...is it me or has Poopsalot seemingly become a physical presence overnight? Never expected him to be causing such havoc in front of the opposing net on the power play.
...Brassard has was all over the ice pressuring Maple Leaf defenders all night. Also loved the cross check to the beck of van Riemsdyk's head after the Leafs forward took an extra whack at Talbot after the whistle in the third period.
...how nice is it to have a fourth line that AV can use to shutdown an opponent's top line?
...that's a ten ice bag night for McDonagh.
...i think I'm done complaining about the Rangers not being physical enough, because what I've noticed the last two games is that skating hard is the key to this team's success. When they're using their quickness to get in hard on the forecheck or generate pressure in the defensive zone they're a hard team to beat. It's when they're floating around that they get themselves in trouble. Without the heroics of Bernier, the Rangers could have easily had three or four goals in regulation.
...off for Christmas then a date with Ovechkin and the Caps in Washington Friday night.
Post game talk...
Hey Kevin.....thank you for your all-year contribution. A joyeous holiday season to you and your family.
I don't understand if anyone asked AV what is the difference is, I mean this is basically the same team. The 2 big cap hits still underachieving, different lines that may have chemistry, I always thought Miller should be used as center and seems to work with the two spinning tops who work well with each other but other than that same guys, finally no threat of Pyatt in the lineup. That could be big relief, it was to me.
But why are they skating well now and with that comes the fore checking and winning battles, they didn't add toughness and now sticking up for each other. This is the second time they miraculously find their legs. It is not like they have little ups and downs, they skate or don't skate , I can't believe it's Hank's contract that sapped their legs. What gives in that locker room?
On another note I wanted bring it up again what DroppingMittens92 reminded me of and i didn't see any mention anywhere in the media or the team except from him about van Reimsdyk kicking at Brassard which I find it unacceptable, as a player it is just something you do not do kick someone with your skates.
With all the talk of Nash trying to avoid a concussion, that still does not explain why he stinks in the shootout. Last I checked goalies do not typically check the shooter during the shootout and there are no defensemen to level him, so I am confused.
Nash is playing like he's trying to prevent another concussion. He's not going into corners to battle and he's rarely attempting to go hard towards the net with the puck. It's sad to see, but you can tell AV sees it too, with his limited ice time lately.
The lines seemed real good.youth core players finding their game-Miller played well. Hagelin playing as he should. Brassard is excellent. Zuccarello is awesome..Feeing generous after a good win: Maybe Nash can get back some confidence and Richards and Stepan can start scoring a few more.The Caps are a good team.Whoever is in goal has to play at their best level.
Two things -- 1) thought the up-tempo pace of this game was good for rangers....maybe this is AV's "system" and 2) just once I'd like to see AV lose his mind when a ref screws his team...calm can be good, but so is showing some life behind the bench
One more thing...McD is just a beast. Not many D-men catch Kessel from behind like that. He is a top 6 d-man in league right now. If Cally is not re-signed, meet your new Captain ladies and gentlemen...
It's a different team when Cam is in goal. They play faster, tougher and give a complete game. Is it possible for some unknown reason the team shuts down when Hank is in goal?
I have to admit that I was not thrilled with the signing of Zucc, mainly because his size.... I thought he would get killed on a team of softies. However, he is a magician with the puck and seemingly can take care of himself, which is more than I can say for many of the other Rangers. You're probably right about AV's demeanor during that lousy Official's non-call, Kevin, but I personally hated that moment. He is a milk toast and a wimp. Nice guys finish last and his mild mannered conduct behind the bench has given the Rangers no breaks on questionable calls on ice. He needed to go medieval on that official and took his usual "oh, well" approach instead. I'm not saying he needed to go "Torts," but I had hoped for more of a response, as opposed to zzzzzzzzz. Great skating game by the Rangers.... best I've seen in ages and the forecheck was amazing.
I didn't see any of this game. However, to me this team, when on its shit, is MZA Kreider, McD., and with consideration Talbot.
Right now the guys we had faith in over the past few years just aren't there....Callahan, Girardi, Hank, Richards...etc..
The problem isn't Kevin.... Is an overpaid, underperforming team. It's hard not to get disgusted with this team and find something positive about them. I also don't feel tonight's win was adversity. It's more along the lines of our back up goalie keeping us in the game because we cannot score for s@*%
I think its enough with the "if we are going anywhere its on the back of lundqvist talk"
Calm Talbot should be tried for as many games in a row to see if he his truly this good, well I know the answer already he is the real deal.
Kev did you read McDonagh's quote about how the team coming to Zucc's aid last night riled them up to win the game? Thought that was interesting.
Good write-up Kevin. Missed the 3rd driving home from work, you know what it's like to try to ignore iPhone NYR app notifications on the highway? Pure torture!
Lots of stuff to take away from thus one, almost wish they didn't have a 3-day break. They need to keep this fire burning…
why did we sign Lundqvist? I love him but if he doesnt get his game back this might be a worse contract than dare I say Redden! 2 great goalies cant exist on the same team, not only is it a waste but it causes problems. They need to keep playing Talbot and trade him for an elite center then pray to the heavens the king regains his throne.
I am hesitant to be too optimistic because the wild and leafs are not doing so hot the last few weeks. It's easy to look good against teams that you should beat. Let's see how we do against the caps Friday.
How many whacks can you whack our goalie with? Will I ever see the day when this team will respond and just kill someone for this?
But I forget, you can't fight when your team is a one giant VAGINA!
The NHL should get rid of the orange armbands for referees and just have them wear red noses like proper clowns.
@JustinRP37 Wait wait... You mean for all these years of the shoot out there's never been anyone defending the shooters on the shootout!? WHEW! I'm so glad you cleared that up for me! CLEARLY I wasn't referring to his shootout miss, but his overall play has been weak and hesitant, end of discussion.
After the Leafs goal you can see AV say to the refs, "You guys are shit." I think he's getting a little bit of that fire that you need to have to coach in NY.
@DroppingMittens92Yes, that is totally unacceptable and it is amazing no one mentioned it. A total pussy move and could be really dangerous ...... unbelievable
@PenaltySh0t @PenaltySh0t Could you cut and paste it? I love all MZA news and quotes (more so than shitty MDZ trade rumors).
The core of this team loves him. I've said it so many times on this blog but a good example of his off-ice value is when he returned to the team during the Sens PO series and half the team was in the hotel lobby waiting for him. I bet dude is such a goofball to hang out/drink with AND you know the players respect him because he's just such a good hockey player.
@TheKing Relax, Hank is just going through a little confidence issues but he will eventually rebound. In the meantime, we'll have a chance to discover that we have a solid backup when we need one.
@TheKing: I seem to remember two Ranger goalies winning the Vezina trophy together a few years back. Wasn't such a problem then...
@mlsrangerThere's been so little to be happy about this season, so I'm going to enjoy it.
@SHOOT_THE_PUCK@JustinRP37Dude, I wasn't talking about you! Everyone has been pointing out his hesitant play on the ice during the game. My post was sarcasm on Nash's behalf that he seems to play like he doesn't want a concussion even with nobody on the ice. You clearly missed my sarcasm and must not realize that I have been anti-Nash since the trade on here. So don't just jump on me like I attacked you because I didn't! Nash was not a great leader on the Blue Jackets either. Is he a good player? Yes, but in no way is he a superstar.