The New York Rangers (1-1-0) defeated the Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0) by the score of 3-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...if this is the type of hockey we're going to be treated to from the Rangers all season, I'm officially pumped. Skating, hitting and offensive pressure. But more than that, I was impressed with their battle level against a big, strong Kings team.
...did the Rangers acquire this Brad Richards guy in a trade this summer? Don't remember him on the team last year.
...full beast mode from Nash tonight. If it wasn't for Quick he would have had at least two goals.
...speaking of Quick, got to love him doing his best Fatso Brodeur impression...
...even the most ardent Boyle detractor would have a hard time finding a way to criticize the big man tonight. 1a, 4 SOG and 5 hits.
...who knew all it would take was a puck to the face to turn Pyatt's game around. What did Rammer put in those stitches?
...Callahan = Warrior (via We Bleed Blue)...
...the most encouraging part of tonight for me was seeing the Rangers stay aggressive with the lead in the third period. No sitting back. Safe is death...oh wait, wrong coach.
...Lundqvist was fighting the puck early, but he got better as the game went on and won the battle between the two best goaltenders in the NHL.
...as @shoot_the_goalie said in the game notes comment section, amazing work by the Rangers in the neutral zone tonight. Lots of takeaways and quick counters. Was a big key to their victory.
...Stepan looks real close.
...if Pouliot could ever finish he'd be dangerous.
...still concerned about defensive lapses, but definite improvement from opener in Phoenix.
...so when do we start saying Arniel is in Brassard's head as he has his second straight underwhelming game to start the season.
...i'll let Adam take care of the congrats to AV for his first win...
Oh, and I almost forgot that this was Alain Vigneault's first win as #NYR head coach. Only 342 more until he surpasses Emile Francis!— Adam Herman (@Herman_NYRBlog) October 8, 2013
...let's hope the Rangers didn't spend all their energy as they're right back at it tomorrow night in San Jose.
Here's Richards first goal of the game...
ok forget all I have said, if this the potential team we are going to be we are just fine. Lets not forget still no Hags and the fore check was awesome, it will be even better in 10 games!
I think before goal and fight LA had a little advantage, but after that the Rangers gradually got more and more jump as the game went on and had the advantage.
Agreed two lucky goals,without Hank standing tall and Brown's shot off the crossbar it could have been a different game. That being said two things I really liked was they didn't get pushed around and actually took it to LA and in the 3rd period they were aggressive instead of playing safe like last year under Torts.
Stepan one game to knock off the rust, amazing. Nash came to play finally and i am sorry as serviceable as Plyon was with his two point blank shots into Quick pads he was the only minus player.... how could that be? Anyway here hoping Haglin is his replacement.
So are most here in agreement that the Rangers played really well last night? I couldn't stay up to watch the game but I saw the highlights and based on the highlights it looks like the Rangers really only won because of a couple of "fluke" goals. Does anyone seem to agree with that assessment or did the Rangers really outplay the Kings?
It was a great game all the way around. I am still nervous about the defensive lapses, but hopefully Lundqvist can bail us out when we need it the most. Nash played great as did Richards. I hope we did not use up all our energy because we play the quick Sharks tonight. I hope I get to eat some crow from my pre-season comments, anyone know a good spot to get some crow?
@FREE MASHINTER How come you're not asking why Pyatt is still on the roster after that terrible turnover in the D zone which resulted in a goal? You're usually all over that.
That was a solid effort all around. I don't think there was a bad player on the Rangers last night. Some better than others, but none played poorly. Those 2 goals for Richards should give him the confidence boost he keeps talking about. Nash was the most aggressive I've seen him in a Rangers' uniform, he was even finishing his checks! That fight must have woke something up in him! Say what you want about Zucc and his size, but last night he played the size of 10 Zuccs...plus 2! I was never so happy to see a player spitting blood as I was to see Cally, because I knew it was only his teeth and not something more serious. Pyatt and Boyle were beasts along the boards. If Zucc, Pouliot, and Brassard learn to finish they will be a tremendous line! Pouliot alone should have about 5 goals already this season. The one thing I am most impressed about with this team is the way the defense is making the little passes in their own zone rather than always chipping out right back to the other team. I remember watching the Kings do that 2 years ago to the Devils and the Blackhawks last year and thought that the Rangers had the talent to do it, but somehow don't. Now they are doing it and it definitely opens up the neutral zone. Hank played his way to being Hank in the 3rd. Very excited to see if they can keep up this brand of hockey, especially with this tough stretch on the left coast!
With my work schedule I will miss a lot of games this year but the ones I watch I like posting my views on the games. Firstly great effort. They WILLED that win last night against a superior team. I haven't seen them will a win since the 11/12 season. That alone is a huge sign. During the moments when the battle level dropped a notch you could see how good the Kings are so this is a gratifying 1st win against a bigger, tougher and more skilled opponent. 1st period even, maybe sight edge LA but we outplaed them the rest of the way. Partly I imagine because the 2nd line decided to show up in the 2nd period (did we even have a 2nd line in the 1st period?). Brass was quiet and seemed overmatched tonight.. Zucc as well but he was good in spots too. He seems to have this quickness with getting to the puck and passing in one motion that confuses his team mates, and they wind up mishandling his feeds a lot.. Pouliot was the man on that line. Wonder if he goes to the 3rd when Hags returns. Nice return for "the warrior" who made an instant "impact". 1st line was nothing short of awesome. I have not seen play like that from Richey in a Rangers uniform - now I finally get what the big deal is about him and why they signed him for all that money. did not see this at all the 1st 2 years as a Ranger. Whether he's worth the tremendous cap hit is still up for debate but if he keeps playing like this I will gladly eat my words. Step is almost there - Nash is getting into the zone, bestly at times last night.. great line. 3rd and 4th lines looked solid 2. Boyle was involved. Pylon did his job. they played physical. D was mostly very solid but a few lapses. Great goal by McD!!!! Do I hear PP QB??? They are still learning the system so play was a bit choppy but I can see them evolving into a quick transition/passing team under AV. Solid forcheck pressure. Didn't give the LA breakout much room. Win or loss I would have seen this game as a big step in the right direction. I don't think there will be a let down tonight. I think we will enjoy another solid effort LGR
To everyone that was going on endlessly about how we should buyout Richie and we made a huge mistake keeping him, etc. etc.
The line to blow me forms to the left.
I spotted Asham fight! And I also saw an improvement in mdz. Pylon was pretty solid too. That kings goal still ha me a little confused, idk if they didn't know he was right there ready to snatch the puck but that was definitely the wrong 15seconds to get lazy
This was a great game. If we can play at least half as well as this all season, we'll be in good shape. Very encouraging to see them play with a new style and have it work out. Not gonna really bother repeating what the article says, I agree with most of it.
That first Richards goal was sick, though. Hope he keeps it going.
I thought Brassard looked better last night than he did in Phoenix. I think the problem might be that line. They were great in their first preseason game but since then I haven't been impressed. Zucc looked good but I rarely noticed him and Brassard in the offensive zone together. Pouliot....right now he's not a top 6 forward in my mind. I'm guessing once Cally is ready, the two of them will switch. (Note: I'm not sure if they play same wing but somehow I'm guessing they will make it work.)
And as for Richards, I think he was on IR all last year cause I vaguely remember this guy playing for us the year before ;-)
I'll take 80 more like this one, please.
Although could we lay off the faces, please? When Cally went down (and then didn't come back for quite some time), I started having heart palpitations.
this was a completely different team than the one against the yotes. I couldn't stay up for the 3rd but this team made that a very difficult decision! as was mentioned in the recap, if this is the brand of hockey we are going to have than I am stoked! we should have gotten rid of torts as soon as he abandoned safe is death if this is what we were missing! my ulcers are healing themselves!!!
Great all around game for the Rangers but I have to be a little bit of a negative Nancy as Rangers really only scored one real goal. Other two were flukes.
Can we talk about how the power play was still horrible last night? If McD didn't get that short handed goal on a lucky break, the game tempo would have been completely different for most of the third period. The kings were starting to push hard and were just demoralized after the third goal but the rangers had maybe 2 shots on goal on the power play last night which is just unacceptable. They needed the third goal one way or another but these are the games that you need be able to score on the power play!
If Brassard can get back to last year's form and Pouliot can finish, the way Zucc is playing, that line could be a real force! The guy is fearless.
Can we please see the same line up Tuesday! What a forecheck. Loving Nash step and Richards line. Richards even catches a break on his pass. He needed a good bounce. It's a game the kings and Quick will want to forget but I have to give our boys credit. AV knows the west coast teams. I fear Marty will get the start tomorrow. I'm going to the game and I'm pumped!!
i know richards did not live up to expectations last year and did not play like his normal self, but was he really that bad? he was slow and made a ton of bad plays, especially late in the season, but he still managed 34 points in 46 games and was a +8........obviously not his best point per game average, but only about .06 less points a game than his first year
Gotta say, I was/still am against the decision to NOT buy out Richards this summer. However, I was at the game tonight and found myself watching him a lot. Normally he's a ghost but today he drew my eye. His foot-speed still seems slow, but his vision, anticipation and his work along the boards was really impressive. I often didn't understand why he was doing something or putting the puck somewhere until the play fully developed and realized he was a step ahead (at least in his head) the whole time. He constantly found open space or created it for other players, showed poise with the puck when he needed to and decisiveness when he needed to. Over all, really, really, really impressed by Brad. I chanted his name for a few minutes straight at the end of the game as the LA "fans" were filling out. Got yelled at by everyone around me including my friends but it was worth it. He deserved it. I hope he proves a lot of us wrong and turns out a great season for the blue shirts. So happy to see a win in LA and an great game by one of the most controversial players on the roster!
I like how Nash tried to deke an empty net but ran out of time. Richards seems to be coming to terms with the fact that he's slow. On that first potential shorthanded breakaway he started sprinting back like hell was on his hide, even though the guy was 20 feet behind him.
I gotta say, I LOVED Zucc's game today. My god he was everywhere, hitting every forward no matter what size, transitioning the puck, making plays, I was SO impressed.
I agree Brassard hasn't looked amazing but that feed to Pouliot for the breakaway should have been an easy A. Encouraging to see him make plays like that when he isn't at his best.
@HughJasole Dont agree with that assessment. We outplayed them all night
@HughJasole A couple of the goals may have been flukey, but that does not take away from the outstanding all around effort we saw last night. I am a firm believer that luck very often follows effort, and there was a TON of effort by the Rangers last night. More, please.
@HughJasole I don't think they necessarily outplayed the Kings, but their battle level was much better than in Phoenix.
@gravey94 I think there was a subtle Grinch reference there. Nicely done.
@CJ Best. Comment. Ever. If you find me at a game, beer is on me.
@CJ No matter how he plays this season, it was a risk to bring him back.
@FREE MASHINTER we dominated them in all zones. One turnover at our blueline (surprisingly not by DelZotto) cost us. Otherwise it was a puck possession/control game for us with an aggressive forecheck that worked. Kings played poorly, flat - their Offense was not getting open in neutral ice an we affectively pressured their D all night. We made our luck on those 2 goals and had many other chances where Quick came up big. I'll take that effort all season long!
@FREE MASHINTER You saw a real goal?
Agree on PP. Hate that my first thought when we go up a man is "goodbye momentum". Seemed like LA had the same issue - we did better down a man than up!
@Van_Ness_WVU Yes - he was that bad. I hear you on the points, but it doesn't tell the story somehow. He was awful. On the flip side, the move to wing is the first really good move by AV. Takes a lot of pressure off him.
@GiveGartneraCup NO ONE on the team can skate with his head up with the puck the way Richards can. Not Stepan. Not Nash. Not Brassard. He can literally carry the puck and take a slap shot without every looking down for an instant. It's impressive to watch, especially live. It's what makes him special. Unfortunately, he was always slow, and he became even slower and he couldn't keep up. Great move putting him on the wing where he doesn't have to carry the puck coast-to-coast anymore and put his vision to work more quickly.
@Wallace1 I'm pretty sure Nash did that out of respect for the player in front. They were up 3-1 with less than 10 seconds, and rather than shoot and risk injuring the D, he killed the time while driving towards the net.
@Wallace1 he was waiting for Richards to enter the zone so he could get him the hatty.........I think. lol
@PenaltySh0t Yeah, bad job by me not mentioning him. Sick game from Zucc.
@Stu Give Brassard a break, this was only the second game of the season. He'll be OK.
@Stu As I mentioned, Pouliot has to start finishing.
@rangersfan @GiveGartneraCup I think you two are dead on. Rangers fans give Richards a lot of flak but he has elite skills -- ones that don't necessarily show up in the reels. I was living in FLA during Tampa's cup run and he was the best player on that team -- a team that included St. Louis (MVP that year), a young Lecavalier and a wily, if aged, Dave Andreychuk. His vision and subtle puck skills were a wonder. Whenever he was on the ice, Tampa was dangerous.
Time has slowed him and the league has increased its momentum (mass * velocity), so he can't be that player anymore. But he still has the vision and the puck skills that set him apart. Hopefully, he will learn to adjust over the year, like an elite pitcher who's lost 3 mph on his fastball, tighten up and play within his new relative self.