The Rangers fell tonight to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout. For a box score click here.
Not down on the Rangers' effort tonight despite the shootout loss and considering how things were going 10 minutes into the game. Fans have to put this game in their back pocket and move on to Tuesday's game against Philly.
Another strong showing by Michael Del Zotto who has raised his game to another level right now... he gets first recognized first from me tonight due to his work killing off the 5 on 3 in the second period. Easily the Rangers' best defenseman right now on both ends of the ice and rewarded with 26 minutes TOI.
The first 2/3rd's of the first period were as ugly of a showing as we've seen from the Rangers all season, but fantastic play by the Rangers fourth line later in the period, starting with Asham's snipe to make it 2-1 and Powe drawing a penalty on Chimera, leading to Stepan's eventual goal on the 5 on 3 is something that we haven't seen much of from the bottom 6 forwards this season and is critical if the Rangers want to mount a late playoff push.
Both Caps' goals were things the Rangers can and should be much better at... clearing the crease in front of Lundqvist. Backstrom's goal to make it 1-0 was just an unfortunate bounce off of Backstrom's shoulder that found its way into the net, but the goal that made it 2-0 Caps, with Ovechkin getting lost in traffic and finding a wide open space in front to tip in a shot from the point was simply inexcusable. Could say it cost the Rangers the second point tonight.
Not the best of efforts from McDonagh or Girardi tonight. Apparently, McDonagh was playing through a thigh contusion and wasn't 100%, Girardi allowed a Caps odd man rush and put the Rangers down two men.
Kreider had another good showing in his second game since being recalled. Rightfully earned his promotion to the top line with Richards and Nash to begin the third period. He's finally skating with the confidence and authority we should expect from the kid. Never looked defensively out of play either. As always with the younger guys, its a long process and the goals will come if he stays the course.
Not quite sure of what to make of Gaborik's demotion to the third line to start the third period. Being forced to play with Boyle and Pyatt can't do much for a guys waning confidence. Gaborik's second period breakaway electing to go with his backhand to beat Holtby rather than wristing the puck showed me his confidence may not be all the way back yet...
The Rangers as a team were better defensively over the final two frames plus OT. The Caps were only credited with 10 total shots over the final 45 minutes, Rangers were credited with 23 blocked shots.
Hank taking a shot from Ribeiro square off of the forehead likely gave everyone flashbacks to Richter's concussion issues and his career basically ending from it. Definitely a 'heart in your throat moment' especially how much it stunned him.
As stated above, the Rangers next game will be against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
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What punishment would you rather suffer, being benched or being demoted to play with Boyle and Pyatt?
Thought DZ was amazing tonight. This is another game where the rangers out play thier opponent for most of the game and lose. Richards needs to sit the the box when JT comes back. Torts needs to reunited the step,hag,nash line as when they were together they scored and we won. simple. I thought the new pp looked good though.
Sorry I was at the game same ol same ol.... It is getting tough more me to stay positive and think things are going to change. Everygame is the same...they let the other team score and play from behind, they for some reason cannot keep the puck on their sticks which was horrendous tonight, and we cant win a game in regulation against a team home that we "should" beat. I could very easily seeing them make an 8 or 7 seed and being done in one round AT BEST
I said it before and I'll say it again, with the exception of Captain Cally the team lost all its heart when Prusty and Dubby left. I still think it was the correct financial decision but its time to find that spark from someone. I'm starting to get on board with the Mcillrath idea.
Playoffs aside....and maybe this is all too little too late, but at LEAST for almost 2.5 periods the Rangers were not frustrating to watch due to lack of heart. At least I know now that ALL the players on the team are at least CAPABLE of playing the way they should. If I'm Torts, or Sather I now just simply look at who brings that level every night...and if someone doesn't...get rid of him - now, or in offseason. Had they played like they did last night for the entire season they are not in 8/9th place. Shame. IMO this offseason must buy out Richards, get rid of Boyle. They must keep Gabby. He is being misused and over-blamed. He is a perimeter player and sniper who on a team like the Rangers is only effective when the majority of the rest of the team is playing an up tempo, power grind game - taking advantage of miscues off the forecheck and bad passes and 2 on 1's. Yes his confidence is shattered, but guys with his finishing skills don't grow on trees AND you can't coach speed. It would be sadly stupid if the NYR don't see this, but given how they keep demoting him appears as if they are exactly that stupid. I think he scores 30 next year (conservatively) regardless of where he plays. Who do the Rangers think they have (or can get) that is going to replace that?
All I have to say is "putting in a good effort" is getting us fucking nowhere. This team has to find ways to win, and very few guys are showing up to make a good play. Asham was the guy who decided to put the team on his back and come up big this time. If some of the more skilled guys on the team (I'm looking at you, Richards and Gabby) decide they want to start showing up, we might actually make the playoffs. I've remained positive about this team for about as long as I can handle... "getting good looks" and "almost finishing" simply are not good enough and are thrown around as excuses WAY too much. Frankly, at this point I don't give a shit about all the chances... good for you, you got some chances. Actually put the puck in the net and maybe that will mean something.
I don't know what the hell is going on in that locker room, and whether it's a coaching problem or a player problem (probably both), but it's starting to get ridiculous. Playing a decent game but not pulling out the win is concerning to say the least.
First thing they have to work on is PLAYING THE FIRST GODDAMN PERIOD. Stop waiting until there's 40 min left to start playing.
True Richy hasnt played well this year , more so due to tepidness with Nash & lack of conditioning. Guys are writing him off too soon.
From the point in the 2nd period where I started watching the game I liked all the hitting and intensity of play. have been largely missing that all season. Even Boyle and MDZ hit with authority tonight. Unfortunately the offense was starkly absent - again. I wonder if Torts is shooting up behind the bench, or if he is just a controlling ass who'd rather impose his authority than see his team's success but I'm going to assume (and hope) that as a fan I just don't see what goes on in the locker room and behind the scene but I'm sure everyone who reports, writes. advises or otherwise is affiliated with the team has questioned him on why he refuses to reunite the only line that has ever showed any sustainable offense this season. albeit it was a brief union but wouldn't it be worth revisiting it Torts? That of course being the Step-Hags-Nashty line. If that isn't happening for whatever reason I would settle for Step-Gabby-Nash for a try. My guess is (if my above assertions are incorrect lol) that he believes Richey will some day get out of his unfathomable funk and get it going. don't know what to make of him. everyone he plays with he brings down. Just aweful.
Looked tougher tonight which I liked. Newbury was more impressive than I expected. How about that shoot goal by Step?
You have to worry about RIchards turning into Redden 2.0 where his contract really crippled him as a player.
Say what you want about depth, no team is going to be sucesfull in this league if their top playmaking center is doing shit. I see Richards as the #1 problem on this team. Yea Gabby is struggling, but we all know he can flip a switch and start lighting the lamp in droves. Plus wingers are less important to centers in terms of possession and controlling offensive play.
I usually agree with the writeups, but this one has me wondering if we watched the same game. I felt like it was a complete dud performance by the rangers other than the brief segment where they got 2 goals and the killed 2 man adv
I know Stepan has been on fire with Cally, but Nash has scored once in eight games and Hagelin has scored one in 12 games. Is it time to reunite Hags-Stepan-Nash yet?
Don't get me wrong, points are important but it would be nice if they could give themselves some breathing room from these teams right below them. Would be nice to not just squeak into the playoffs at the end... #lifeofarangerfan
If only the rangers hadnt given up on Parenteau. maybe he could get Richards going; look what he did for Tavares and Duchenne.
Maybe I missed about 61541541 of Del Zotto's turnovers tonight but I only noticed one bad one. Give the guy a break, if he was bad I'd say it, but he hasn't.
Though the Caps have been coming on, the Rangers continue to struggle with teams below them. For this reason alone, I cannot get excited about them barely making the playoffs. Why? To get crushed in the first round. No, thanks.
The King stood on his head tonight and kept us in it... too bad the team couldn't win one for him...I can see he's very frustrated...We'll take the point and move on...
Nash hasnt been as effective because hes either playing d in his own zone or is triple teamed because no one even cares about brad. Ive said it before I like richy and Im giving him a shit year pass, but that doesnt mean I think he should be playing in the spots hes in. Horrible move my torts to put him in the shoot out and horrible move breaking up that big line.
@coontzbloontz SO true about showing up in the first period.
@vatsupper8 i hope that it is that simple.
@vatsupper8 he's had 29 games to turn it around, we really need him, and he's not showing up. So no we're not writing him off too soon.
@esolomon28 At least we could amnesty his contract if the Rangers wanted to get rid of him
@AnnoyingJoe During the rap-up one of the announcers said McD (or maybe it was Gir) was having equipment problems
@esolomon28 Richards is killing this team.
@KevinDeLury It was time 3 weeks ago. You may have noticed the dozen comments I've left on this board from the 1st day torts broke them up
@KevinDeLury 6-0-1 with that line, only loss against the Islanders when we blew a 3-1 lead
@KevinDeLury Anything's worth a shot when the offense can't score more than 2 goals a game.
it was time 10 games ago
@ATCRyan What? You want comfort two years in a row? LOL!
@PenaltySh0t I don't know about that. Rangers are in a playoff spot right now, so plenty of time to still get in even if they lose on Tuesday.
@KevinDeLury I think the western conference is slower because they generally play less of a north south game, and at 32 Richards has just lost a step and is too slow for the rangers system. Torts plays a fast game. Also you have got to wonder about the room; Hopefully his struggles havent affected anyone else in terms of pessimism.
@TheWrage lowest goals per game average since plastic became widespread in the 50's i believe.
funny but true.
@KevinDeLury pretty much true.
lol would be nice....
@esolomon28 age 32 isnt old in this game. losing a step isnt his problem. he hasnt only lost his confidence and his game. he is a shadow of his former self in every way as a professional athlete.