The New York Rangers (10-11-0) lost to the Boston Bruins by the score of 2-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...Jesus Christ, this team finishes less than a 90-year old, impotent eunuch. Having said that, I couldn't have been happier with the effort as I thought they outplayed the Bruins for most of the game and hung with them physically, but the difference was that Boston buried their chances, while the Rangers didn't.
...i don't want to hear any of this garbage about Lundqvist not getting the job done. The guy has given up THREE goals the last two games and has nothing to show for it. I do think, however, Talbot should get the start in Dallas on Thursday. And God help us if the Rangers win that game, because every Blueshirt fan will be begging Sather to trade Lundqvist.
...man, Nash can create some offense, huh? His shot was a bit rusty, but the rest of his game looked real smooth.
...i have two words for Kreider: Shooter Tutor.
...when Brassard decides to actually shoot the puck, he's not a bad player. Hopefully Zuccarello was paying attention.
...great call going with Pouliot over Miller tonight, AV.
...it's too bad Dorsett had a St. Louis relapse in the second period as he's been looking like Prust light recently.
...what happened to that Hagelin guy who tore it up after coming off the IR? The Rangers need him back.
...Falk's lack of speed was exposed big time on that Thornton goal. Although, if J. Moore actually defended it properly it probably wouldn't have ended up in the back of the net. I still like his physicality, but I've got to think Del Zotto is back in the lineup in Dallas.
...stat of the day: Girardi is averaging less than two blocked shots a game.
...tepid applause for Nash return and Bronx cheer for Lundqvist. The Garden has officially become embarrassing.
...while the Rangers have now lost three of their last four, scoring just four goals combined in those games, I really don't think they're playing all that poorly. The defense isn't giving up much and the offense is generating chances. You have to assume the puck will eventually start finding the back of the net. Right?
...off tomorrow then in Dallas on Thursday to start a five game road trip.
Anyone catch Kreider going to fight marchand after that hit on zucc? Literally was on the bench and got back on the ice to give him a shove.
Kreider is not the physical presence the rangers deserve, but the physical presence the rangers need. (insert James Gordon voice)
last comment for me: The garden is officially lost to the rich folk of NY like Yankee Stadium and Citifield. These owners got their fancy renovations done and priced out the middle class die hard fans and this is what you get......empty seats next to the ones filled by suites on business meetings who could care less about being passionate it. Watching the rangers play on the road in Anaheim or San Jose really puts things in perspective when their fans are killing it!
I don't know about everyone else but i am really enjoying watching this team play. Out playing, out skating, out shooting the Habs, Kings, and Bruins in a row Granted the Bruins had a back to back but still shutting down their top 3 lines....crazy Who would even of thought they could play like this month or so ago. Yes it is TORTure not seeing them score but they have not been a team that is accustomed to finishing for quite a few years and even finishers who come to Rangers seemed to decline. With the new way they are playing I think maybe they are not use to the concept of having a lot of opportunities and hopefully they can adjust mindset to finding the back of net.
If I'm AV, I'm having the entire team (except Hank n Talbot) practice shooting on the net high under stressful situations. These guys are creating great scoring opportunities but not finishing cuz they constantly keep their shots low into the goalie pads. Start shooting top shelf like Brassard did and watch the goalie drop. Almost every goalie in the league drops to the ice on shots leaving room up top
There comes a time when your goalie has to steal a game or 2 for the team. That is what is lacking in Hanks game this year. At best he is having an AVERAGE season. Not the same dominating goalie form the last couple of seasons. Maybe Torts had it right in having the team try and block every shot attempt....
this is the same issue the rangers ran into last year, they are unable to score. the only upside is that they are scoring on the powerplay now. they need to find the balance between the two.
I blame both, The King has made stellar saves and then let in softies (two last night to be exact, he should of definitely had both) which has made him AVERAGE so far (we already know he has to be STELLAR for Rangers to go anywhere) & the rest of the team, like everyone has said, everything but score, the worst teams in the league would've had 3-4 goals min with that many shots. whatever it is, it has been contagious. great play last night w/the exception of TWO plays and they lose? absolutely brutal, they just need to focus on shot placement, so many missing the net....I could've scored that Thornton goal!! no backing up! go at him!....
Definitely a tough loss to swallow, getting 40 some-odd shots and especially with nash back in there. Offensively they are going to have to bury more of these opportunities, especially going on the road and playing a hot Stars team and the improving Preds. Rangers definitely have to reduce the number of defensive zones miscues. Girardi looked like Del Zaster on the ice, even Staal looked overwhelmed on the Bruins forecheck. Hank was strong but the shorthanded goal should have been stopped. No need to panic with the goalie yet.
Frustrating yes , but again no goal support for hank. he has to make that save . He is fighting it , I really think the contract stuff is effecting his head .
They scored one goal how could you ever blame the goalie? When are we going to score 3,4, or dare I say 5 goals. If your blaming 30 either you don't know the game or haven't been watching.
Wrong Kevin, this loss is on Lundqvist as well as the Jersey game. Too many soft goals lately. Only the goal LA scored off a deflection by Stralman was not his fault. You said it yourself, the Rangers outplayed the Bruins yet their goaltender, who outplayed Lundqvist, stopped everything except Brassards shot which was well placed and Rask was screened.
Hank may be nervous with the stellar play of Talbot so far or hiding an injury. If the latter, he should sit until 100%
Damn, be patient people, soon the goals will come and the scores will soon show that. Nash turns it on, kreiders luck will turn and zucc will finally shoot, things will fall into place, starting with Dallas on Thursday!
win and lose as a team, sometimes defensive lapses and hank comes up big and picks up his teams mistakes. Sometimes hank will let in goals maybe he should've had and the team needs to reciprocate…teams that do that are teams that are successful and win.
This is the same old song & dance though. Out shoot, out hustle and generally out play your opponent with nothing to show but an L in the column at the end of the night. There are no morale victories in the NHL.
Once again Henrik gets outplayed in a goalie duel. Rask is better, hands down. Henrik has been too focused on marketing himself as "the King", becoming a celebrity, playing guitar with famous people, and going to tennis matches than he is with winning. News Flash to all of us Rangers fans: He won't always be the goaltender. Please stop making excuses for his terrible glove hand, his inability to handle the puck, and his new-found reliance on playing back in the net and doing the jitterbug flop around for the flashy highlight save. It's not 2007, it's not 2011/2012 - that was a long time ago. Hank the "King" made 20 saves on only 22 shots. Rask made 43 saves on 44 shots. He won a Vezina once, sure, guess who else has? Ryan Miller, and Jose Theodore. Personal accolades from previous years mean nothing in the here and now.
I'm happy with the effort, and considering where this team was back in October, we should be happy. And yes, we must be due for some bounces to go our way, we were getting them a few weeks ago (The Hagelin goal against CBJ where they scored on themselves, the Richards goal against) but its gone away.
But I reserve the right to criticize Hank. Yes, he played really well against LA, put up a vintage Hank performance. But forget about the team for a second, if we have to be subjected to the agony of dealing with his contract negotiations, hearing "the sides met, but still aren't close", then go out on the ice and play to the contract you want. I watched Tuuka Rask last night make glove saves on complete redirections, shots he had no right even seeing, let alone stopping. And at the other end of the ice is Hank, getting beat short side, over the glove by Shawn F'ing Thorton. If you want a big contract, you make those saves. He has yet to win a game 1-0 or 2-1. The only 1 goal game he's won was 4-3 against Florida. In his six wins, the Rangers scored 16 goals. If he wants a contract that is going to prevent Sather from going out and getting more goal-scorers, then he needs to be the difference maker on our roster. Otherwise, the people on here saying to trade him have a valid point.
Loss notwithstanding, I was pretty encouraged by this game. I remember watching Blackhawks, Bruins, Sharks games last year and thinking those teams are so much faster and more skilled than the rangers it was not even funny. The Rangers could not (or would not) even put three passes together or have any counter-attack. Still a long way to go, but at least now it looks like this team COULD compete at that level if, you know, they could put the puck in the net. Agree Zucc has to start shooting a little more instead of always trying to make the hard pass.
Couple of counterpoints. Lundqvist really needs to come out of the net and challenge more on that Thorton goal. This "play deep in the net thing" is fine, to a point. Contrast that to the way Rask challenged guys all night. I thought that goal was on him in part (defense to blame too, but . . .). Second, the Paille breakaway goal wasn't great either. That's a save that has to be made. Ok - so it snuck through, but 95 out of 100 times an NHL goalie will make that save. Put the two together, and Lundqvist had a bad game.
Zuke may have let that stretch of creative brilliance go to his lil head. they're not chanting zuuuke, they're chanting shooooot.
Too much east-west and he cost us a goal last night.
Lots of shots, but how many were gabby/Richards 2012 perimeter floaters?
Speaking of Richards, he is earning the R back in his first name this year.
Need a D who can hit the net. My kid thinks 18's name is a hyphenated "Staal-wide".... As in shot by Staal, wide.
Lets go rangers
Proper recap hank lets in a weak goal on a 4th liner no proper goal support pp, penalty shot , break always and nothing
Dear Santa (I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet):
Please bring the NYR a right handed shooter who can get the puck off quick. Our PP is getting better, but I'm sick of watching PK defenders cheat to one side cause there's no shooting threat at all from the other side.
Just got back from the game...a few observations: Kreider is way overdue, must've had 3 or 4 breakaways tonight; Zucc needs to take the shot instead of the insane pass; the team went through lapses where they forgot what color jerseys they were wearing because they had a bunch of stupid turnovers; Pouliot is a complete waste of a roster spot
@danblackburn Jim Gordon
@calithirteen Might want want Hank and Talbot practice shooting as well just in case the team isn't getting it done.
@lennynyr Wait, why is Brassard's goal well placed and Thorton's not? The other goal was on a breakaway in which the guy made a deke and slid it between his legs, instead of shooting it directly into his blocker like Kreider (twice) and Nash did to Rask.
@DominicSanchez I'm a rangers fan, I've been drawing on my "glass half full" reserves for so long, they are almost empty
He got deked on a breakaway. You guys are all nuts. Hank wasn't the problem last night. The team has to find away to score more than one goal. And for god sakes, we haven't scored an even strength goal in 3 or 4 games! Anyone blaming Hank is way off base.
Yes previous accolades mean nothing but Hank has been the most consistently solid goaltender since he's entered the NHL. You guys all need to get off that crack pipe you've been smoking. I know I said this a few times already, but Thornton's shot was a good shot from a dangerous area of the ice that needs to be defended. It's that simple. This is not one you can blame on Hank.
@rangersfan The guy has won a Vezina playing deep so he's not changing that now. Thorton absolutely roofed that thing. And I'm sorry, you can never, ever blame a goalie on a breakaway.
Um, I'm curious, which one was the weak goal? The shot that Thornton roofed while he was completely unchecked and in perfect scoring position? Or the short handed breakaway the Rangers gave up? To blame Hank on either of those goals is completely assanine. And I gotta say, there were 2 things that really pissed me off last night:1. Fans boo Rick Nash in his first game back when he doesn't score on his breakaway2. I could swear that I heard sarcastic cheers when Hank stopped a long dump in that was on goal. It was after Paille's short handed goal -does anyone really think that goal was Hank's fault? Listen, maybe he could have made the save but it was a short handed breakaway that never should have happened and Paille came in with a lot of speed. Regardless, I was disgusted with what I heard from the fans.
@BrendyJohnson Pouliot is the new whipping boy now that Pyatt's out!
Brassard's shot actually deflected off the defenseman's leg slightly and that player was the screen. Thornton's shot could be seen the whole way and exposed Hank's weak glove.
I agree on the soft goals. Still, the Rangers have to bury some of those chances. Sometimes it seems like they're cursed with no puck luck.
Kevin, I completely agree with you. And Thornton cannot be allowed to shoot from that area of the ice completely undefended. Are we the only ones who are sober on here? I mean, all of these guys blaming Hank have to be drunk, stoned or something!
@Kevin DeLury @rangersfan Counterpoint: The guy won a Vezina playing deep because his coach preached blocking shots and getting in lanes. The style of playing deep was done in response to the need to be able to reach to a shot that changes directions on the way in because his teammates were diving in front of him.
I said earlier in the year, too, as the Rangers start to play a more wide open game, there will be more breakaways and odd man rushes and Hank may need to adjust to that. Yes, John Moore could have put more pressure on Thorton because Zucc back-checked very well on the play, but Moore played it like a 2 on 1 and took the pass away and forced the shot. That's not the worst thing he could have done.
@EHBIGAPPLE @AG_Blue @Kevin DeLury @lennynyr Hanks weakness on his glove side is due to him never coming out and sitting in his crease. He has always played this way, but it makes it vulnerable for players to sneak pucks like that past him. If he comes out and challenges Thornton, that angle is not there, and that puck is saved.
Great defense will always always stop great offense. Rask was absolutely terrific stopping high quality scoring chances time and time again. We have seen The King perform the same way many times. Last night The King was outplayed by Rask. Boston made a ton of mistakes and Rask was there for his team. We made very few mistakes and Lundquist was not there for two of them.
He was just inside the circle, not exactly point blank range, but good point about the defensive lapse.
Thorntons shot was a good shot from point blank range. No one should be allowed a clean shot from that area of the ice. Anyone blaming Lundqvist for this one doesn't understand the game of hockey.