The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 4-3, tonight to cut the Capitals series lead to 2-1. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...and we have ourselves a series, folks! My heart is still racing after that final minute. Talk about frantic.
...loved the urgency and desperation from a team that hasn't being very willing to play that way this season.
...it's amazing what happens when Torts spreads the ice time around. Hoping the fact that the bottom half of the Rangers line-up out played the top half convinces Torts to stick with that game plan.
...a month and a half ago Brassard was dying on a vine in Columbus, now he's being named first star in Game 3 of the playoffs.
...Boyle goes to the net hard and scores. Funny how that works. Haven't seen him that aggressive since round one last season.
...all of my disappointment in Asham this season dissipated with one flick of the wrist.
...ladies and gentlemen, your New York Rangers power play quarterback of the future...John Moore!!!!!!
...Staal looked like a guy with blurred vision who hadn't played in a couple of months. Was still great to see him out there.
...Del Zotto was absolutely lost again out there. Wouldn't mind seeing Eminger replace him in Game 4.
...good thing Nash to Stepan clicked late because they were brutal before that. Ditto for the Captain.
...more impressive, the Rangers realizing that shooting the puck leads to power play success or scientists discovering plutonium?
...while they likely won't get much press tomorrow morning, but the two most under-rated plays of the night where Zuccarello's sweet dish on Brassard's goal and McDonagh keeping the puck in seconds before Stepan's game winner.
...if Powe is out for Game 4, any chance Kreider replaces him? I didn't think so either.
...wasn't the diving rule created exactly for what Ovechkin did late in the game. Oh wait, I forgot, he's exempt because he's a star.
...less than 23 minutes for Girardi tonight? Must have felt like a preseason game. Still managed five blocked shots.
...the Garden should be rockin' again as the Rangers look to tie things up Wednesday night.
Good win but...
...if we expect to win 3 out of the next 4 we need a few things to happen:
1. Henry can't be the best player on the ice EVERY game
2. Can't be out coached every night. When will Torts ever add some adaptability and creativity to his system. He knows his system, he knows his players, let's see what strategies he can come up with in game 4
3. Can't be outplayed, out hustled and out battled at even strength.\The Caps looked downright scary at times with their fore check.
4. More driving to the net, more screens, deflection attempts - good/ We need even more of that
5. Richey's better but not good enough. got to find his game.
6. Who here said from the get go to keep an eye on Moore, and that he might just prove to be the gem of the trade?? (I know, I wasn't the only one)
7. Someone told Nashty it's playoff time and he started throwing some nice hits - need more of that. Can't try to go 1 on 5 every shift. Leads to turnovers and loss of possession.
8. Someone needs to tell Del Zotto it's playoff time. Where was he last night? I only noticed him when he was making a mistake. A young talented dman might make for some good trade bate???
9. Need to play as a unit of 5 - when we do that we cut down the neutral zone and cut back on the forecheck. Close that gap! The Caps are too good to grant them easy access. We were lucky to win.
10. More speed, more crispness with the outlet passing, more skating and less dumping and more challenging in our own zone and less collapsing in front of Henry. We are way too predictable and everyone needs to step up for the playoffs, especially Torts. For much of the game the Caps had their way with us because they know exactly what we are going to do. We play a good and sound system for today's game but a good system needs to be alive and adaptable, not static and unyielding - capable of subtle modifications from game to game and team to team. We won but we were outplayed and outcoached. We have to show them a different look next game. Make them adapt their system to us for a change
MSG was deafening. Love Brassard. Love more. DZ was awful. Cally wasnt good. Nearly had a heart attack in the final few mins. and can someone lay out mike green? hes not that physical of a guy and is easily injured.
We can see what happens when we finally get control of the puck and look up and have someone skating in the middle and gets a pass: Zuc to Brassard, Brassard to Asham & Nash to Step.The D needs to cut the gap on the Caps forwards snd have the 5 men working closer together. They need to find a way to start winning one on one battles. When they do, they will be a very dangerous team . I just don't think they are well coached enough to play this smart and organized. Everything and everyone goes behind the net, this doesn't score goals, dump and chase, hustle, like a chicken with its head cut off is not the best answer. You have to put pressure on the other team, not dump and chase every time, even when they let you in the zone. Let the puck do the work.
Spot on with the Rangers having hugh holes between forwards, always behind the net or chasing, and the defensemen. The Caps easily pass their way out of the zone and have the forwards accelerate on the Rangers D. The Rangers back into their own zone, let the Caps enter easily with the puck and then pass the puck around and seem to win every puck battle. Rangers look they are playing a zone and then chase and the Capitals are always a step ahead. If it wasn't for Henrik playing fabulous again, Caps would be up 3-0 in three blowout wins.Yes the Rangers looked a little better yesterday in spurts, but they still need to be much calmer with the puck. I think Torts has everyone scared that if they make one pass the leadsd to a turnover or a goal, they will sit. When the Rangers D gets the puck, it seems that the forwards are just standing or gliding, not getting open. One forecheeker can give them a lot of trouble. The rest of the forwards cover up the boards, and the Rangers can't get out of their own zone with the puck.
lastnights game was a roller coaster for me. after the first goal i turned the gas on in the over, i lit some candles, and i put the smiths "asleep" on and i was going to check out for good. but then brassard went BRASSNARDS and saved our season. i love this guys. lock him up long term glen!!!
Has anyone else noticed that Nash has been trying to create highlight goals? He's been doing that a lot in the last few weeks. He continues to try and split multiple defenders and more often than not he turns it over. I like Nash, he can be dominant when he gets going but he needs to stop with the pretty shit. Gain the zone and protect the puck with his big body and long reach.
Anyone else see Stralman try to sneak the puck right through the crease in the 1st? I think he did it again later on but can't recall which period.
Theystill can play much better but I'll tae the win! If they can win the next game they just may pull this off!
Nice to get a win, but the Rangers were still outplayed 5-on-5. If we didn't get momentum from putting the Caps on the PK half the game, I'm not so sure about the outcome. Still, we're back in the series and another win at home will be the the real decider. Even last year they struggled to put 2 wins together in the playoffs.
I did love the first 4 minutes or so just shoot shoot shoot. BUT why is the plan of driving towards the net not there ( alla Boyle ) ?
ALSO I love Dave Maloney but why does he sound half in the bag as of late?
Good to get a win obviously but there is a lot of work to be done defensively. The center ice zone was wide open for the Caps to skate through just about all night long. Seemed the forwards were getting over and over again and then having to work hard on the backcheck just to keep things from being 4-2, 3-2......at least no 2-1's all game that i remember and you noticed far less pinching until the end so no doubt that was a topic of discussion before this game.
Are we even in this series with Gaborik? No. Brassard's vision on the Ashem goal was great and while it's still early, John Moore???? You just dont get guys like that in deals in the NHL READY TO PLAY.
Still we got killed on the board battles all night long. The second period was especially grueling to watch. One component of torts system that drives me nuts is how we collapse in on D and every team in the league knows if they get possession they dont even have to look, just dump it back to the wide open points....then it becomes a shot lottery.
Ashem, who always has had a good shot, makes that play....Richards.....?
Anyway need to get a whole lot better in center ice and on the boards. If we do this is a better team than Washington that should win this series.
So pumped right now but I have no voice what a fucking game. Hopefully they can continue this scoring if they do the Caps are in trouble. Whats with Hagelin? He doesn't seem like he has the same speed he used to. I'm not not sure if he's injured but he's definitely not as effective without his speed, I wouldn't mind scratching him for Kreider next game. Del Zotto better get his head out of his ass
The recurring theme of my posts is "Fire Torts." But tonight, I'm here to say he coached a great game. He could see that the depth guys were bringing the energy, and kept the out there in key situations. It paid off. I hope he learns from success.
One of the best aspects of this win is we scored 4-goals with the top line only got 1-goal!!!! When was the last time we could say that!!!!
So the john moore shirt i wore to the garden was a hit.. to the few fans that know who he is... That could be a sound investment for awhile... more so than the Nash jersey, he has been a huge disappointment 0 goals in three games... we need more from him
Moore is a spitting image of McD, but with a little more offensive "jam." Even Sam and Joe had a hard time differentiating the two! You can tell Moore and Brassard love being Rangers
keep in mind, G and McD had shrunken ice times because Ovi wasn't on the ice as much cause of all the penalties. Can't give Torts that much credit, lul. And I've been very supportive of Del Zotto since he was a rookie, but wow John Moore is making him look awful.
So much for the bottom six having absolutely no chance of scoring: http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2013-articles/may/here-s-why-the-rangers-can-t-score.html
Yeah...that collapsing in front of Hank.....hate it. You need to stand a guy up...or take a run at him from time to time at the blueline....keeps your opponent thinking when entering the zone....
Tried to watch that brutal 2nd period again...5 on 5...Caps being very aggressive in our end....dmen pinching like crazy...Caps forwards very aggressive and getting to the puck quick, fast and in a hurry....
Ranger forwards might want to scale back on helping out down low in our zone....it's one thing to help out...too much help causes problems....there were many times forwards helped out down low and in the corners....and when they won the battle...tried to move the puck up the boards...and there you had Cap Dmen...playing in two feet or so from the blueline......taking control of the puck....and there wasn't a Ranger anywhere near them....that has to be addressed...and I'm sure it will.
ALSO you notice on boyles goal there were TWO people in front and the defense and the goalie had no idea what to do...CRAZY how that works torts.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Ha! Half the people on this blog probably have no idea who the Smiths are! Me likey this Brassard dude too!
I have noticed that. I think the reason for it is he is pressing. For the 1st time in his career he is on a team that's goal is to win a Cup. He knows he was brought here cause he is a goal scorer & he knows this team scores very few goals. It looks like he is putting tons of pressure on himself. u can see he is gripping the stick tighter. i commented last night now that he & Stepan finally scored/created a goal that maybe they would settle down & relax which may get them going.
@Vkinc74 Can you blame him?
@Zelrio MORE LIKE RANGERS IN 6.... BITCH
@beukeboomgoesthedynamite especially Brassard, man his cellys are a joy to watch. You can never have too many people who love playing for their team.
@KevinDeLury Thats the difference between winning and losing in the playoffs. You need contributions from the entire team which the Rangers just haven't gotten consistently (or ever until last night). Heres hoping it continues
Lol I was with you on that.... Another good thing from tnite is that though u never want to see a guy get hurt at least now it looks like Powe will be out awhile so that will keep Torts from playing him. I hope he is OK but out for the rest of the playoffs. Plus u always have injuries so at least it's a guy who we can replace. Good guy to fill the injury quota.
@McPhee37 @Betweentheworlds Also playing 2 and even 3 men below the crease on the attack leads to a widening of the gap and allows Washington to easily break out on the passes. Then losing their zones in their own end (as you said)... This collapsing nonsense! ?That should only happen when the puck is in the slots or down low. If we advance and play the Pens it's going to get ugly if they play that no challenge collapse defense against Sid, Malkin, Iglinia and Co.
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@ThrSage ...I'd rather have Powe in than not have him in. The guy plays hard every shift and is one of our better penalty killers. He provides zero offense, and yet I'm okay with that since you know he'll do everything else.
@ThrSage Him or Asham were going to be replaced by Clowe when he returns anyway. Considering how good Asham looked last night I think Powe was the odd man out anyways.
I agree w-ur assessment of Powe but its the playoffs so everyone plays hard. His best attribute is his PK & we have several guys who can replace him. The problem w-him is he can't score zero points in 40-games!!!!! On a team struggling to score his attributes r a luxury we can't afford.