The last time these two teams met on October 19, it was the New Jersey Devils who blanked the New York Rangers 4-0 in a game that was barely a contest. This time around, the effort was better but the end result didn't change as New Jersey edged New York on a late goal by Dainius Zubrus, 3-2.
Let's get to the recap, shall we?
- Chalk this game up to a game where the last lucky bounce won the game. Both team had their fair share of fortunes and misfortunes, but in the end it was the Devils who were good enough to come away with two points.
- What you do have to like is the Rangers' continued response to giving up goals. Especially on NJ's first goal tonight. NY came right down the ice and notched the tying goal. It's a trait good teams possess.
- Mats Zuccarello (2 goals, 8 assists in last 10 games) is playing like a man who doesn't want to come out when Rick Nash gets healthy. Props to him pissing off Marty Brodeur tonight as well.
- Beniot Pouliot is, however, playing like a man who wants to take a seat. Another awful offensive zone penalty and will be a easy scratch for AV.
- Speaking of the head coach, AV recently challenged his defense to start contributing more offensively. Marc Staal and Dan Girardi scored their first goals of the season tonight. Ryan McDonagh has had seven points in his last seven games and had his chances tonight.
- I'm sure a lot of people are thinking the Rangers are back to the garbage power play from season's past, but tonight credit the Devils and their PK. They were aggressive all night and didn't allow NYR to carry the puck in, negating any set up.
- Not winning faceoffs never helps either.
- Chris Kreider notched 2 more assists tonight and, if not for a bouncing puck, would've had a goal on his second period mini-breakaway. He hasn't let up one bit since his recall and has added a physical edge to his game. Great things.
- Henrik Lundqvist made some brilliant saves tonight, but Ryan Carter's backhand shot is one he'll want back and will stop the next 99 times he sees it. I wonder if he had some choice Swedish words for Carl Hagelin, who stopped skating on the play.
What To Take Away:
Losses happen. You would've liked for the Rangers to bury some more of their chances, but tonight just wasn't their night. The team has some defensive issues to correct, but overall NY battled hard and showed some resiliency.
Don said it on the pre-game--apparently not accurate-sorry. Looks like next week is looking like the better date.
What happened to Hags on the Carter goal. It looked like he was skating in Mud! He shouldn't have let him go.
Playing Devils, whenever or with whoever they have is always going to be tough and especially with "Fatso" in the net, (I add that for Zurrarello who is added #16's play to his resume), who has been between the pipes for a long time for a good reason. The Rangers who controlled long stretches of the game have to finish when they get chances or be subjected to the odd breakdown, bad goal or bounce. Same for the power play, got to finish. Also where is the traffic in front of the old pipe master. Is Zuuccarello going to be the only and biggest example?
On another note is it me or do the 4 line guys on other teams always do the Rangers in?
Not a horrible game, but CAN WE BEAT THE FRICKIN' DEVILS PLEASE! A good team has to stomp on the weaker ones in the standings. Almost losing to Florida and then losing to the Devils again.... depressing.
You can't win them all, but you probably won't win games with sloppy defense. Not gonna get too angry cause we just rolled off a bunch of wins. It's clear though that we still have a ways to go and the team needs to learn how to play smart D under AV's system. More than a few times a game you'll see guys getting lost on coverage and leaving men wide open. Hopefully it will come so we can get above .500 and stay there.
It's silly to blame the refs - real silly. Calls don't always go your way. That's hockey. We get away with stuff too - every team does. What would you say to other teams fans who blamed all Ranger wins on bad calls? Zucc deserved his penalty for slashing at Marty, but Uncle Daddy should have got one too - instead they let him slide and call roughing on a Devil player whose name my brain doesn't care to recall.
A couple of things:
Seems like Hags has cooled off a little huh?
Girardi still looking unlike his old self. It's tough watching him make frequent mistakes with the puck. He looks tentative and nervous sometimes.
I really hate the Devils but I gotta admit I like watching Jagr still doing his thing. I'd root for him to do well on any team.
Forget about this one and move on to the next! (jelly donuts help)
This is one of those losses that really chaps my arse. I can deal with losing a hard fought contest against a good Ducks team, but we've lost two against an inferior Jersey team and one against a terrible Philly team. That just can't happen if we want to challenge the Pens for the division. As discussed, Hank made some nice saves, but that second goal was soft. They just got outworked on the game winner. Very disappointing. Zucc, Kreider and IMO Richards played well. They definitely missed on a few chances but they fought hard.
Was at the game, so didn't hear the guys at MSG call it, my impression was we were destined to lose this game. I could tell after the first shift. It's like you wake up late because there was a power outage and your alarm didn't go off. Then you trip on the sidewalk and you're late for your train. Then the train stops for no reason because of a signal malfunction. Then its delayed because of train traffic. Then you forgot your ID so you have to wait on line at the security desk to get into your building. In other words, no matter what you do, the universe is intent on making you suffer. YUP. It was THAT kind of day for them--unlucky bounces, bad officiating, and a team that had their number.
But .. I'm still proud because they absolutely refused to give up, all the way to the last faceoff. Considering the universe had a deck stacked against us, it was a one goal game. If this is how we lose, I'm ok with it. We move on from here.
Been lurking for a while finally decided was time to contribute.
Felt the Rangers played a good game last night. They had tons of chances and even though they're still making some mistakes, they are often finding ways to correct them. This one comes to down to a bad bounce and a rare soft goal by Hank, but it happens. Also the usual sub-par officiating. Still not sure how Zuccarello got a penalty for getting punched in the head by Brodeur and then getting put in a headlock. Did he interfere with the goalie before that? I don't know didn't look like interference to me. Also, Stepan getting cross-checked right in front of the net did not elicit any response from the refs. I still think if we were playing anybody but Brodeur we would've won. But to be fair it was a weird night for the league in general. Winnipeg beat Detroit at the Joe, Carolina beat Colorado, Buffalo beat LA and Florida beat Anaheim. Maybe it was a full moon or something lol. Anyway I'm finally feeling like they can be a consistent team and If they keep it up like this the whole season they'll be playoff bound for sure.
Nice recap, although you wrote Marc Staal got his first goal of the season, but it's actually his second. He scored the first goal of the season!
Last night was a classic example of why I think hybrid icing does not work. There were at least 2 times, where it looked like a NYR (Cally & Step) would actually have touched the puck first but they lost the race to the dots. There was also a play where a NYR (I forget who) won the race to the dots, negated the icing, but the Dev player actually touched the puck first cause the NYR's stick hopped over the puck.
They should put it back to the way it was.
Hate to say, but Danny G game doesn't look as strong... And at end of day much as we hate fat Marty, he's a good goalie and stole the game for them
Not sure what it was but even when Rangers kept tying it up, this just felt like one they were going to lose.
I'm an apologist for no one, but Hags was completely gassed on that play - end of a shift. Anyone who has played knows that when you are in that condition it doesn't matter if God himself is telling you to skate - you can't. That was bad luck. Girardi's play (neither puck, nor body) and Hank were the problem there.
I'm so tired of NY overvaluing Hank. It is ridiculous. I love this bullshit that "if it weren't for Hank the Rangers would be down 3-0 in most of their games." No kidding. That is what a goalie does. Do you watch any other games? Dozens of goalies are doing that every night. This notion that Hank stops 3 goals per game that no other goalie in the NHL would stop is idiocy. Are you people his effing agents, or his mother?
Hank is a damn good goalie, yes. At the top of his game he is in the top 3-4 in the league. But this perceived differential even between the top 3-4 and those just below is completely blown out of proportion. The Rangers do NOT want to pay how many extra millions per year (and extra years) for THAT differential, at the expense of the talent throughout the rest of the team. Plus, add in his crippling stick handling and that differential may not even exist to begin with.
Get over yourselves NY and your insecure need to have your players be "the best", b/c first of all he ain't, second, even if he were it ain't by the margin you want to pay a premium for, third and MOST important...you don't need the best goalie to win the cup (obviously) you need a great team.
Benoit Pouliot is fighting it big time. Maybe sitting him down when Nash comes back can get him re-motivated a la Mats Zuccarello. BP has so much skill, but his problem is between his ears.
Another guy I feel needs to do more is John Moore. I loved the way he was playing last year, and I feel like I have only seen minor glimpses of that. Would love to see him paired with Staal too.
Gotta get ready for a big game in the Rangers house of horrors on Saturday.
let it go,its one game.theyre a better team than the devils,just haven't shown it yet.if we win 2 out of 3 all season ,well be in greatplayoff shape.relax.
Lundquist is always treated with kid gloves. Lets call a spade a spade. Bad angle, short side goal=BAD goal, on him no one else..Now move on....
I could be wrong, but I thought Hagelin was at the end of a shift and that's why he looked tired on the backhand goal. Wasn't this the shift that immediately followed him coming out of the box?
I would be okay if we lost this game to anybody that isn't the fucking Devils. Hate them so much. Kreider continues to play great.
I caught the game on DVR, so I wasn't on the game blog to avoid spoilers.
Hank needs to stop that 2nd goal, but why did Hags give up on his back check, and why did Girardi go down? Made no sense.
Also, Ryan Carter must love playing against the NYR. Dude looks like Gretzky against us.
Anyone notice how the announcers and analysts were up delzottos ass tonight? I think think they are following instructions so we can showcase him in a trade. Bravo dolans!
@StAlphonso Welcome Zap! Nice post.
@shoot_the_goalie Hate the hybrid icing.
@dscott84 Devils aren't quality team and how obsessed are you to comment on a Rangers blog?
@Say my Name Not sure I agree Hagelin was gassed. It looked like he just pulled up. Maybe he thought help was coming.
While I agree with you paying hank max money would be a bad move, Hank is huge for this team and you are comparing him to the top 5 goalies in the league and if we lose hank we are not getting one of those top 5 in return.
Ask a team like the islanders if they would pay extra for a goalie and you will have fans willing to line up and pay him directly.
As long as Hank is willing to take a hometown discount deal you have to sign him...he wants UFA max money sign a dependable veteran and play him and Talbot 40 games each and use that money to get more offense.
@Stepanzeebridge Last night they said the coaches sat BP down and said to him he is too skilled to be so inconsistent...he has been put on notice...can he be packaged up with MDZ in a trade do you think?
@freebie23 Ok one bad goal, holy shit they guy has been amazing since they figured things out and now everyone wants to bash him, christ get a hold of yourselves, it was 2 lucky bounces from a rangers win even though they didn't play well.
@Vkinc74 where did you hear this
@PenaltySh0t AMEN to that!
@PenaltySh0t I was saying the same thing all night, I just hate losing to anyone but the devils. The fans tonight at MSG ( devil fans ) were beyond obnoxious
@Rangeranger haha Biron talked him up big time.
@Kevin DeLury @shoot_the_goalie Dumb move by the NHL. It is too hard too use split second judgement to determine who would get there first (last night prime example) and it eliminates an exciting play AND a big part of offensive strategy. They should have simply said - no checking on races to the puck on icing plays. Done. Everyone wins.
@Ciffy02 Good points, but in fairness there is a lot of ground between what the Rangers could get and arguably the worst goalie situation in the NHL in the Islanders.
@Say my Name @Ciffy02 That's what it comes down to....if you let him go...either through trade or free agency (as Say my Name is constantly advocating)...who are you going to replace him with? Is there another top 5 goalie out there to get the job done?
No we shouldn't pay him max money with an 8+ year contract at his age. If that's what he wants and stands firm on that, then we have no choice but to let him go, but I think in the end, they will find a way to keep him and the organization happy. He's still one of the top 5 goalies in the league and I, for one, like having someone of his caliber on my team.
@LFredrikJonsson He and Girardi looked at eachother which gave Carter the step on the puck, miscommunication but yeah Hank stops that shot 99 out of 100, backhands are the hardest to pick up for a goalie
@1NYN8V @Say my Name @Ciffy02 Look, I like him on the team too - but at the right price. Plus...I think you have to trade him at deadline for the return of talent. You can always sign him after the season and then have your cake and eat it too. If you can't...well then you have the trade return, plus a whole lot of money to throw around.