The Rangers fall to the Bruins 3-2 in OT and trail the best of 7 series 1-0. For a box score, click here.
Terrible way to lose a game. The Rangers did not play well in OT following a early NYR penalty by Dorsett and a turnover in the offensive zone leads to an odd man rush for the game winner. What felt like a winnable game goes by the way-side. Cup bound teams have to hold on to one goal third period leads in the playoffs. At home, on the road, or on Mars. Unacceptable.
Anyone else nod off in the first period? Even the crowd could've heard a pin drop in the arena.
I'll let you guys complain about the powerplay in the comments below. I'm at a loss... It was so bad even Kreider received PP time in the third period.
Tonight wasn't Hank's best of games... His rebound control wasn't spectacular and led to a goal against. I'm sure Lundqvist would especially like the second Boston goal back that went right under his armpit.
17 giveaways tonight. Seventeen....
Nash was better tonight, could make a case for best NYR forward. His hustle singlehandedly led to McDonagh's tying goal at the end of the second period. Although he's seeing the ice a bit better, I'm still not convinced he's 100% confident in his shot, as evidenced by his pass to Brassard on a 2 on 1 with a clear shooting lane.
Where are you Staal???
Still waiting on someone to step up and get a big goal when the Rangers need it the most.... again Callahan in particular. The Ranger captain isn't immune from criticism here. Sure he does everything else away from the puck as well as you could ask but he has to start burying some pucks. He's got 23 shots on goal in 8 games, so it's not like Callahan isn't getting chances.
The Rangers simply need to win one of the first two games in Boston and wrangle home ice away from the Bruins. Tonight's result isn't the end of the world but puts pressure back on New York to win Game 2 on Sunday so they don't have to fight out of a 2-0 hole again. Boston won't be as forgiving as Washington was if Game 2 doesn't turn out the way we hope it will.
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Seemed like they were really feeling each other out in the beginning ... like dogs sniffing butts. Maybe too many nerves went into it or something.
I expect both teams to come out with a lot more confidence and intent in game 2.
I agree that Hank didn't have his best game.
The worst part is it looked like we could have worked a little harder and come up with a game 1 win. They're all big games now.
On a positive note Torts didn't bench Eminger after that ridiculous call that led to the tying goal. Good job coach - speaking of ridiculous can we please change that 4th line and get the 8 million dollar man out of there - Boyle-Pyatt is your 4th line. Come on!!! Other than that an "encouraging loss" - meaning if we can re-ignite that passion we developed to win 4 of 5 against Washington and Henry, who had a flat game plays like the king I like our chances in this series. LGR
I agree with the overall negative write-up. The first period was a snoozefest, collectively the Rangers did nothing in the realm of "sustained offensive pressure" (though, I can't say I really expected to see any...).
Once again Lundqvist stands on his head (sure, one softy (I don't think Krug's was that soft), but keep in mind the overtime PK wonder saves, or his big shoulder save, or the third period breakaway save; his performance overall was incredible like usual, but the team fails to put forth the same effort he does.
Rangers PP continues to be a momentum killer for us, and a confidence builder for them.
Was Lundqvist yelling at DZ for screening him after the Bruins' post as the 3rd period buzzer rang? I've never seen him get upset at a player on the team following a goal like that.
Tortorella post game says it perfectly: "We got spanked in OT"
Zucc played well, but the Bruins are just a bad match up for him: exhibited by some board battles he lost, and the OT goal...nothing he can do on those, props for never giving up though; he's my favorite Rangers every game.
Somebody else comments about us being gassed come OT, and I couldn't agree more. For having notoriously the most intense training camp around, it baffles me. But then I remember that the first 2 lines play the entire duration of the game, so no wonder. Granted, tonight was a baby step in the right direction; seemed like the 3rd D pair, and 3/4 O lines got more time than usual, but I haven't actually checked for myself yet.
Game 2 needs to see a Rangers team with a fire under their asses...otherwise we're down 2-0 again, and I don't foresee a round 2 comeback...that being said, I always have good feelings about our Sunday matinee games, so I think we upset the home ice advantage this weekend.
If this game is an indication of what to expect, then we are def going to game 7. At times Cally looked tired out there esp on the pks. been complaining all along but torts finally relented and pulled richards from the powerplay n threw Moore n Kreider on. Give these guys more time on the powerplay n good things will come. Boyle has been amazing esp on the face offs. Nash was looking much stronger. His time will come. Hank proved he's human. All 3 goals were goals that he has saved in the past. Big day on Sunday. Dont get down on the rangers. This team has proven that they only like to play well when digging themselves out of a hole
I thought NYR played a solid game except for OT, where the offense was atrocious. Our power play is horrendous, we all know that, but we still won a 7 game series with that bad power play. I am confident we have a solid chance to win this series. Dont give up yet, we were down 2-0 last series
Weird game. Callahan had his worst game I can remember him having. Had multiple chances to clear pucks on the penalty kill and just inexplicably whiffed. Passes were bouncing off his stick all night (and ended up as turnovers). Really hard to explain.
And Hank was phenomenal EXCEPT for the 2 goals he gave up in regulation, both of which were soft, imo.
And Bruins PP looked dangerous, Rangers, not so much.
I think for the most part, we can walk away from this game with pride. We played really well most of the night and controlled their offense. I hate playoff OT. I wish it wasn't sudden death. I wish they would finish the period. Crap ending.
This was one of those "Shoot themselves in the foot" efforts McDonagh was talking about. That freakishly long stick of Chara negated what would have been a few breakaways...not saying we would have scored on any of them...but we would have had some good chances.
The Rangers were outplayed for large portions of the game. The Bruins hit 4 posts or else the game is a rout. The OT was a joke we barely touched the puck. I've said this before so I'll re-state it, you can't shorten the bench like this coach does especially in the playoffs. The Rangers to me looked gassed in OT and I beleive that's the reason Hank's overtime record is what it is 3-11! It's not so much Hanks fault, the players just can't sustain their intensity when they're out on the ice for such large segemnts while half the bench doesn't get near the ice.
Ahhh Steve ..I didn't see one hit from Bruins that matched Ovechkins..go back to the last 15 seasons we won like 8 game 1's Not worried about the Bruins. RASK is ok ..we need more shots on net. They looked tired. Game 2 will be different and we hit them almost as much as they did us.
Finally, someone who criticizes Cally who never ever losed ice time but is just god awful w-the puck sometimes. He has had several clear cases of the yips in big moments over the past 2-seasons. As for the PP its just comical how bad it is. Crazy Keenan used to do something unconventional when the PP struggled like put Beukeboom or even Mike Hartman on the PP. Maybe Torts should put Asham & his big shot out there it can't hurt at this point. 2-things he should definetly do is get Mcdonough on the PP & move Nash off the Boards cause he is useless out there. Put his big body in front. In any case they can't play much worse then they did last night & still won but last nights loss insures that this is going to b a long series.
Pathetic offensive display once again and power play blows donkeys still. But more importantly, although hank made 40 something saves, the two regulation goals he let in were soft. Now if you have a lead in the 3rd you have to find a way to steal that game. Period.
Who hands out the stars of the game over at NHL.com ?
Brassard was, for the first time in 8 games, damn near invisable and still gets the third star...
What about Lundquist ? Nash ? Girardi ?
I thought Zucc played well even if he was outplayed on the OT goal, but then again, where was the second D man ?
He was constantly moving his feet andgetting to the open spots. He had a, to me, incorrect give away logged against him, when his team mate is a very bad team mate and plays him the puck when he's under pressure in the N-zone. Not his fault.
One could also make a case for interference on Marchand's part in that last play. Hey, if Dorsett gets called for that last one on the blue line, all bets are off.
That Dorsett penalty killed us. They didn't get the PP goal, but they got something like 6-7 SOG, and the momentum was in their favor until the end after that.
Nash played alright, he had some good plays and as always is opening up ice for his teammates. It ain't a coincidence that Brassard exploded for 9 points in 5 games after starting to center Nash's line. THat being said, he's here to score goals and that's the one thing he's not doing.
Kind of upset that people are blaming Hank for those two goals. Hank is a fucking wall, but expecting him to post a shutout every night is unfair and unrealistic. Think about all the fantastic saves he made tonight, too. The man is only human, what we need is more goals.
Most disappointing thing for me tonight was the forecheck. The Bruins iced THREE, count em, THREE rookies tonight and they looked very comfortable and happy out there. We really need to start putting the pressure on them and they'll make mistakes.
On a positive note, although it was a disappointing finish, I don't think we played too poorly, and we're still totally in this series. I don't feel nearly as bad now as I did after dropping that first game to Washington. Rangers need to make some small adjustments and they can win a few games.
McDonagh... Girardi... Stralman... man, I love our defense. These guys all played like warriors tonight. Even Del Zotto wasn't too brutal at points.
Anybody that thinks that this wasn't even effort, and that we could/should have won...They hit the post 4 times
Rangers play scared n the Bruins are physical! This is gonna be a short series! Rangers are no match
Absolutely no offensive pressure from the Rangers. Basically one and done when they were in the Bruins zone. Zero forecheck. Pretty much just waiting for the Bruins to finally end it in overtime.
i'm not happy we lost. one thing i think that we all forget though is that this is a young team. sadly, we're seeing the type of gaffs that make young promising players into good/great players. what do you do? learn from it and move on. pretty good game throughout i thought. one fuck up and POW. over. even though hank's armpit gets an assist on a bruins goal, i thought that he was pretty good. i couldnt sit down at certain points in the game and those were times where he was bailing out the team. after bostons emotional comeback game 7 win before they moved to home ice to take on the rangers, i thought we had a pretty good chance of getting molested tonight. we didnt. winning game 2 is important but not essential IMHO. wee all know this isnt going to end with a rangers win in 5 games. or 6 games.
The effort in OT was brutal to say the least. I don't know if we were gassed or what the deal was, but not surprised we ended up losing in OT. Kind of wish Zuc just hooked Marchand to break up the play but o well. I'm definitely expecting a much better showing on Sunday.
The Rangers had this one in their grasp. I hope they learn from it and seal up the holes. I don't have any answers this time.
Pretty negative writeup, though I only saw about 20 mins total of gameplay, seemed pretty even, save for OT.
Rangers will play better in game 2, and come back to the garden 1-1. But, i don't think the Rangers can win this series if the Bruins PP outplays ours and the top guys do not start producing. Our best line tonight was the Pyatt, Dorsett, Boyle line, not only do they grind, but they seemed to generate consistent offense as well
by the way.....what the hell was up with the ice. never seen water pooled up on the ice like that before. Last thing to comment on: really which Brassard had taken that shot on net instead forcing a tough pass across to Nash. Zuccs did his best to cover for MAC, who was expecting to crash the net on a Brassard shot. Tough break
Controlled their offense? They had 50 shots on goal nd hit the post 4 times! Thank God for the posts!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I'll have to disagree with you on "we played really well most of the night."
Rangers ran around like chickens with their heads cut off again. A hail mary blast from McD at the waning seconds of the period reinvigorates them slightly, and Step's weak goal gives them an undeserved lead in the game, then they continue to let them pummel us, and we never sustain any kind of offensive pressure.
If they can't do something in the offensive end of the ice besides pass back and forth behind their net until we lose a board battle and scramble back to prevent an odd-man rush, we don't win this series (unless we get more lucky goals).
@KevinDeLury I would have taken a Redden hat trick over Marchand scoring the game winner. Damn, I hate that guy so much.
@KevinDeLury i was worried it was going to be Jagr, but then again NBC SN did say he only gets 10-20 second shifts about 500 times
@KevinDeLury what a haunting thought.
@Rex_Havok yea, but 3 of those were in OT because of that PP we were tired. Krejci had one in regulation, as did Del Zotto also. Not to mention, one could argue Hank should have had both Krug and Chara's goal (chara's especially). Definitely thought they were in the game tonight....
@KevinDeLury I disagree, I thought the Pyatt, Dorsett and Boyle line did a great job tonight.... They have been our most consistent line since being put together
@IcyCup2 boy wouldn't it be nice if we had a former conn smyther winner out there to settle us down. Oh wait...
@ATCRyan looked like we were gassed after their PP, but just as we were getting our legs back, a bad pass and bad pinch.... Game over
@_Jack I don't know. Rangers offense minus 15 seconds was pretty much non-existant.
@Josh6 hanks post game comments that you posted in the last thread were very telling. is he bad in OT? you have to ask the right question. is he bad in OT? no. can he score in OT? no.
WAKE THE FUCK UP is what hank is saying. put it ALL out there.
@fluff118 @GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG : gotta disagree on the goal assesment. McD made a great play n took a great shot on net that wasn't deflected but screened well. Step's goal was a great one too off of fast passing play. however, the rest of the game....ugh! esp the powerplay. I sound like a broken record but we can't win if we cant capitalize on the power play.
I thought we played well defensively. The offense was weak but we didn't get beat up and down the ice. A weak goal would be Chara's. hank knocked it in. This series is gonna go deep.
@ThrSageOf course, but was that the correct move ? Not criticizing, but it would take super natural strenght for Zuccarello to fight off Marchand mano a mano like that.
@Josh6 @KevinDeLury You're telling me you saw sustained offensive pressure tonight? Please enlighten me as to when the Rangers had the puck in the offensive for a long stretch in which they fired multiple shots? While they fired 35 shots on net, only a fraction were of the difficult variety. Zero traffic in front.
But similar to the Caps series, I still feel very confident as the Bruins didn't show me much either.
@IcyCup2 @Josh6 yea I mean, for years i just felt that we always lost in OT, now it is just becoming a trend, and Hank puts every possible thing into winning.... He made 15 saves in OT for gods sakes.... They need to help him out, 3-12 is unacceptable, imagine how short the series could be if they win some of those games last year? They may have been in the Cup, and this year is no better.... 0-3
i saw that third line forecheck ... i like that line too ... even if i wasn't that happy with anyone last night ...
i agree with neil, not hank's best night ... hell, i agree with most of what everybody's saying
our guys need to come out sunday, not just knowing they can win, but playing like winners
@ATCRyan @Josh6 i would have rather Brassard just put it on net, and keep the game going.... in OT passes like that are ill informed but he is learning. Yea Rangers lost a nail biter in game 1 on the road, and didnt play their best hockey at all. Also, saw a stat that they are 16-4 after losing game 1