The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 5-0 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, tonight. For the box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...if you would have told me before the game that the winning team was going to score five goals, I would have started writing my Rangers season recap. Not sure anyone saw this coming.
...and another thing I didn't anticipate was the role players leading the way. With Nash struggling to find the net, the Rangers much maligned secondary scoring stepped up and carried the load in this series.
...but no one carried the load more than Lundqvist. He probably didn't know what to do with himself after being handed a five goal lead. But in typical Lundqvist fashion he remained focused and locked down his second straight shutout.
...instead of being a Capitals fan and complaining about the missed boarding call on McDonagh by Ovechkin, I'll just name McD my co-series MVP with Lundqvist for holding the Capitals captain to ONE goal in the series. He was literally a warrior in this series, especially after seeing him with those huge cuts on his face.
...Asham and Pyatt will be the first to admit their initial season on Broadway hasn't gone as planned, but if they can continue to score big goals in the playoffs all will be forgotten.
...couldn't be more giddy as Dorsett is proving to be a cross between Prust and Avery.
...Steve Eminger and Anton Stralman with a huge series stepping up in the absence of Staal. If the Rangers All Star defenseman can't get back into the line-up moving forward, I feel more than confident with those two picking up the slack. And can Torts please get Stralman on one of the power play units. Officially sick of Richards and Del Zotto doing nothing from the point.
...so, is Nash ever going to score again?
...not sure I've seen the Rangers offense as confident and free flowing as they were after the Del Zotto goal.Why can't they play that way all the time. Oh yeah, Tortorella is the coach.
...got to love Zuccarello busting out his shootout move on his breakaway goal. Almost unstoppable.
...27 blocked shots for the Rangers. Rammer better have some extra ice bags after this one.
...just when you're ready to count Callahan out he pulls that ridiculous move on Holtby out of his ass.
...Columbus must be like, who the hell is that guy with "Brassard" on the back of his jersey, because that's not the same guy who failed to live up to the expectations of a sixth overall pick with us.
...love seeing Kreider get on the score sheet. His speed really opened up the ice for Asham to fire home the game's first goal.
...was more than happy watching Ovechkin looking to hit everything that moved instead of the back of the net.
...for a guy with a goal and a +3, I really didn't think Del Zotto had a strong game. Constantly lost his man, ill advised pinches and nothing on the power play. If Staal is ready to come back, I really think he should be the odd man out.
...2-for-28 on the power play in the series. You almost have to try to be that bad. The Rangers won't beat the Bruins in the next round if they don't improve on that.
...Rangers/Bruins starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Boston. Doesn't get better than two Original Six teams going at it for a spot in the Easten Conference Finals.
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gotta love torts putting out the first unit on the pp in the 3rd period leading 5-0. if they had scored, it would have been the best kind of retaliation for ovechump's hit on mcd.
It was almost painful to watch that last PP and how everyone was trying to set up Nash for his first goal in the playoffs, and how Mingo just couldn't bury it
no game comments. just frickin' amazing to watch a game and not be worried about the end result after 2 periods. I forgot what that was like. Thanks for delaying my heart attack for another series boys.
Not to justify the terrible Rangers' power play, I will only note that the Capitals didn't have much better luck - three PP goals scored vs the Rangers' two (I am not sure about the number of power plays each team did have - what would be the percentages?). So, both teams were good on PK. This said, I do hope that PP improves against Boston.
if Ovi wins MVP aftr that performance I'll barf. I'm offended that he's even nominated when he picks and chooses when to put forth the effort. Tthat's no leader, and that's no MVP. Hank for Vezina seems like a lock if he keeps doing what he did last night. Happy Cally got a goal... finally. I think it was more important for him to score than Nash, actually, as the captain.
SO PUMPED!! That win was amazing and I think we match up great against Boston. I feel more confident our team game head to head with their team game is one that we can win. I feel good about our odds returning to the ECF if we play like we did last night.
And not to make any excuses.. but in '11 with the B's won the cup, they had the WORST power play record of any team to make the cup finals and if I'm not mistaken, which I may be, they didn't have a single PP goal in the finals... just saying it can be done and maybe the rangers have a little of that magic in them.
If you would have told me that the Rangers would win this series without Nash getting a goal I would have thought you were Nuts. WOW Last night was a great team effort led by the KING as always. Also the PP still stinks
I was so impressed with the overall play of this team last night. This is the rangers that have been missing from the playoffs. Still don't understand Torts: Del Zotto got a garbage goal n forced Lunquist to make a few spectacular saves for being out of position.....how does Torts award him: Power Play time. Richards had 11 mins of ice time and again half of it was on the power play at the point......is anyone surprised why the power play unit is not scoring? You can't have a strong power play w/ two weak pointman. Put Stralman and Moore out there and for christ sake keep playing Kreider. Sad to think Krieder is only playing cuz of Clowe's injury. I don't understand whats going on in Torts' brain!
Man, I had a blast last night!
I went to the bar with a buddy of mine who missed almost every goal. I started to wonder if he is IcyCup but never told me. (Cup, you're always in the other room or something, right?)
Early Christmas for me with that Zuccarello goal. Spring him all alone in front of the net like that ..... forget it.
Again, I find it hilarious that the caps blog is called 'rock the red' 'cause that's just what we did last night.
Definitely got our work cut out in the next round, but I'm pretty happy for now.
I'm not sure what you guys are talking about...nothing about last night was stress-free for me. Going into the 3rd watching the Leafs blow their lead in Boston, I was a wreck. I was preparing for the game to be 3-2 with a few minutes left and an empty Capitals net.
Maybe the last 10 minutes of regulation I started to relax. Last night was the closest you could probably get to stress-free playoff hockey, but thats basically just an oxymoron.
Don't really want to get ahead of myself but I can now see the Rangers getting to the finals against the Blackhawks. Just about a month ago I didn;'t even think they would make the playoffs and when they did I figured it would be one and done. Boy it sure is great being wrong!
Your recaps... Rock! I especially like the one about Cally and his ass.. Just thought I would share.
I predicted a 3-1 win cause u can see the Caps were lost mentally. We just had to show we can take control & we did. One thing on Torts I know he is frustrating at times but he has taught this team how to win in the playoffs. Would u rather have him or Oates who is blaming the officials & I am not kidding about this bad bounces for why they lost. Right now if u switched coaches put Torts in DC & Oates here thie Caps would have won. He would have stripped Ovy of his captaincy or at least cured him of his laziness. He would have taught them how to win. The Caps are always playing "free flowing" game but that's not what wins in the Playoffs. Grit determination poise & one on one battles win. Rangers had that Caps didn't & that's why they won!!!!
Extremely surprising and gratifying win. I woke up this morning wondering if I was dreaming. The secondary scoring was amazing. Coming back to reality, however, the Rangers continue to have serious PP issues, which must be resolved if they are to beat Boston.
We better get better on the PP. There's simply no way they can continue to be this bad. If we are the B's will take advantage. I'm predicting rangers in six cause the rangers have dominated them and hank will continue to be hank. But we need our primary scoring (Callahan, Nash) to step up as well as the PP. I'm banking on them getting their playoff legs under them and coming through, so I hope that is true. I hate the bruins, we better end them ASAP and then then the path runs though Ottawa/Chicago, both of whom are beatable because of the goalie matchup. I'm confident, #Believe. #Itrustinhank
Haven't posted lately because the nights I didn't post, the Rangers won. Also growing a playoff beard,
Even though wallowing in the misery of others is (sort of) beneath me, I can't resist linking to this Caps' fan site - great pics:
Henrik always plays out of his mind at the Boston TD Garden, remember when he had one of the best games of his career there last season? (42 save shutout). Once again, he will be the gamebreaker, and he always plays well in Boston and against Boston.
anyone see the caps in the lock room after the game blaming the refs for the series--REALLY? oh my! bunch of cry babies and ecstatic we now have their number two years in a row!
This game, and series overall, truly convinced me that if we make any moves this offseason, it is to trade MDZ. Not that he is a bad player, but i think his trade value is more than his terribly timed pinches of death and destruction.
Anyone have the ice time numbers? Seemed like Torts was playing everyone (except Kreider of course). Easy to do with the lead but it was still good to see. Especially on D. Lat year he killed his top guys but not getting that feeling this year. Perhaps it is because the top guys are not producing. I joked during the game that he should rest the third and fourth lines for the next round :)
Lets give the Ducks an extra 2nd round pick without ven using he guy they traded to us... Hope Clowe comes back but not holding my breath.
@AveryYesBettmanNo Under appreciated aspect of the game for sure.
The PP has been bad for 4 yeasr now and has gotten progressively worse. I doubt it suddenly becomes a force against the Bruins. The Rangers will need to beat them at even strength.
@YinzerinCT (just copy your post, delete it, copy & edit then post again...)
@YinzerinCT I dont think you were watching the games if you think he didn't try... He had his chances, he lead everyone in hits, he was just played well by a very good defenseman. It wasn't his lack of effort, well except maybe that one goal he just kinda watched... Not to give him to much credit, but he was outstanding in the regular season. Without him we would have been playing the Jets.
@YinzerinCT Problem is, awards are voted for before the playoffs. No clue who wins the MVP though i'd love to see Johnny T win it just because he's not crosby or ovi.
Hank wins vezina ONLY because Bob didn't make the playoffs.. I think voters will recognize that.
@calithirteen It seems to be working pretty well... we just won 4 out of 5 against the Caps to win the series. You could say he made some adjustments after the first two games, and he made the shit out of them.
@NH_NYR_88 is this just fantasy?
@gravey94 Let's see how the current team with the new guys works out with him first. :)
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG even with the hangover?
@johnnyb3910 Callahan's quick goal was what it took to make me relax. I was basically partying with confidence from there on out.
@johnnyb3910 I agree with this. I didn't have much of a reason to believe our boys would really blow the lead, but after watching the Leafs decide that they didn't want to keep doing this whole playoff thing, I got nervous.
@owensolb Bruins have one of the best PK's and worst PP's in the league, so this series is most definitely coming down to 5 on 5 scoring. It's not going to be an easy series as the Bruins have a lot of bruising players... really wish we had Clowe for this one, but so far Dorsett has been awesome. Basically it's gonna come down to Lundqvist and whether or not the Rangers get roughed up.
@DPSnotty I'm usually not one for kicking folk when they're down, but reading that article and the comments-- well, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't lapping up those delicious Caps fans tears. WE LOST BECAUSE OF THE REFS OBVIOUSLY THE NHL FAVORS THE RANGERS *uncontrollable sobbing*
Kreider and Asham with almost 8 minutes, Richards with 11 and a half. All others regular numbers among the forwards. It was the D where it was more even. All had over 15 mins and Girardi with just 21. McD, even with the facial injury led on D with 23 mins.
@greggray24 Greg, click the Yahoo! Sports link above. It has all the ice times. Very evenly distributed among forwards excpet for, as you note, Kreider.
that shit happens all the time.
@ivanricov @calithirteen so a power play that went 2 for 28 that still saw Richards and del zotto at the points for almost all 28 power plays is a good stat? tell me how you feel again when Emimger gets benched for a mistake while del zotto floats around in la la land and kreider doesn't dress cuz Clowe is back in the line up. If Clowe can play, kreider should still dress but he wont cuz torts hates him.
The single and only reason this team advanced to the Bruins is because of Henriq and nothing else. Without his goaltending torts doesn't have an opportunity to make these awful decisions.
@coontzbloontz @owensolb The bruins have an unreal PK and definitely are one of the best 5 on 5 teams in the league. However, I think that we simply have too much talent to continue to falter on the PP, especially with Richards getting less minutes. Granted, that is always said and never true with a Sullivan coached PP, but after a 2-28 performance, I think we turn it around. Special teams are the difference in playoffs, and i think we can expect an even, very physical 5 on 5, but the Rangers will break through on the PP. Sticking to it, I think hank is just too much and the primary scoring/PP picks it up.
There is a reason why Torts doesn't trust Kreider...and it showed tonight. Once again, another defensive lapse...being out of position...and if Green would have scored on the play...Kreider would have been nailed to the bench for the rest of the game. It was so glaring that even Joe and Sam commented on it.
Sam said it perfecty.."Asham bailed Kreider out with that goal"
However,to give credit where credit is due....Kreider did have a couple of big hits...which I like to see. He needs to keep learning to use that big frame of his.....
But I'll say it again...at this point in time...Kreider's negatives outweigh his positives. He shoudn't be in the line-up.
@owensolb @coontzbloontz I agree that the PP has the potential to improve because... let's be honest, it can't get any worse. The PP actually hasnt looked totally awful all the time, there were definitely some instances with sustained pressure, multiple SOG, etc. Just bad puck luck. I also think the primary scoring could pick up a bit, but Nash and crew will most likely be matched with Chara for most of the series. It's gonna be hilarious seeing Zuccarello playing against Chara, haha.
I'm also looking to see more great performances from Boyle (and the secondary in general). He's starting to look like his 2012 playoff self, and his line is playing very well overall. Like I said, I think Dorsett is awesome.
Two things....disagree with you on the Ovi hit. I thought it was a mean, nasty hit...but not a penalty. It's a playoff hit. It's no mercy on the boards....you get a player in an awkward position....not only do you finish your check...you finish through it. It wasnt like McD had his back to him ....head down...and Ovi tried to break his neck. He caught McD leaning....and he wrecked him. I would cheer any Ranger making that play.
Kreider has been doing this since last year. Bad defensive lapses...and being out of position. It got him benched last year.....got him sent down this year. And all you hear are people making excuses for him. If he's too afraid and can't think straight because of Torts, then he shouldnt be on the ice in a playoff series.
@McPhee37 - re 'so glaring that Joe and Sam commented on it' - to me that just means maybe it wasn't a mistake at all. Seriously tho, one of the postgame highlights was when they stated that the remainder of the games will be covered by NBC or NBCSN and not on MSG. I love Sam but he's really gone downhill since the days with JD. Truly wish Kenny Albert was the TV guy. And Micheletti hasn't been as bad this season, but to not even call out Ovechkin for that hit on McD was typical. Now onto the Kreider thing - he's so f'n damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. So afraid to do the wrong thing with Torts that he runs across the ice to be on his wing, only to leave the man open on the other side. Watch it over and the real culpret is MDZ, who once again stayed way too long deep in the offensive zone leaving his side wide open when the line change was being made.
I liked seeing Kreider much more physical than he usually is. He had a few nice hits and was more aggressive than he has been.