At the end of a long road trip, the Rangers could've easily packed it in as they've done on more than one occasion in this young season. Instead, the team turned in a 65 minute effort that ended with three Rangers that got off the schnide and gave the Rangers a big road victory in a building they hadn't won in in this millennium.
Cam Talbot (32 saves) was absolutely sensational. The first goal that beat him short-side was the only mark against him but looked unbeatable at moments. Gave Detroit very little second chances. Did everything under the sun to keep the Rangers close against a dangerous team.
Tonight was Chris Kreider's best game as a Ranger. Unlucky to not score. Was all over the ice in the first 40 minutes, generating numerous chances for himself. Linemates Stepan and Richards were quiet.
Also Benoit Pouliot's best game as a Ranger. Tied the game at 1 on the powerplay after a scramble in front of Jimmy Howard, Pouliot batted home his first as a Ranger. His hustle also led to the game winner beating out defensemen Kyle Quincey and Danny DeKeyser for a puck. DeKeyser inexplictly went to help Quincey at the opposite side of the ice and left Brassard by himself for a breakaway that beat Jimmy Howard through the legs with just 13 seconds left in OT.
Mats Zuccarello made up for his bad first period turnover which resulted in a Detroit goal and registered his first goal of the season. Zucc outmuscled a 6' 2" Joakim Andersson for the puck and banked home a long rebound following a Staal shot from the point to tie the game at 2 early in the third. Big goal at the time after the Rangers allowed a powerplay goal from Daniel Alfredsson just before the second intermission.
And who was in the box for the Rangers late in the second that gave the Red Wings a one goal lead heading into the third period? Look no further than Taylor Pyatt.... ugh.
The one thing I continue to miss about John Tortorella's time as coach in NY is the lack of accountabilty that still worries me. We know Pyatt's you-know-what would've been stapled to the bench in the third period after his penalty led to Detroit taking the lead for the second time. Instead, AV gave Pyatt regular shifts in the third period. Still don't understand his role on the Rangers right now.
Boyle is quietly starting to round his game into form. Was robbed by Howard on a spectular save with his blocker while the goalie was down and out. 13-20 on draws tonight.
Barely heard a peep from Datsyuk and Zetterberg for most of the night who were separated for a majority of the game. Give credit to the Rangers blueliners..... even Del Zotto if you're so inclined.
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Great game, what we needed. I fully expect us to get shelled the next few games as that seems to be the cycle here.
Good to see they have it in them! Loved Kreiders game. Miller was fun to watch too. Pyatt was finally on the 4th line which is where he belongs when not in the press box. Any line higher than that is just so stupid it hurts. Also, not liking him on the PK. I thought he did a good job on 4th line other the the penalty. Please please please - no more DZ on the PP until he learns to keep the puck in the zone! Great and entertaining win! Loved the effort!
I missed the game but saw the replay (damn, missed a good one). I'd say our best effort of the year so far and something to build on. Just to quickly answer some of the ongoing hate here on Sinker - I've been quiet lately because his play has been dismal but the reason he gets quality minutes, besides giving good head that is (AV should smile more) is that he scored 20 in Vancouver. Is slow but dependable. Last year he netted 3 in 1st 4 games and remained serviceable throughout the year. Soft, but solid on the boards. Brings size and decent hands for a big guy. Having said that he really needs to step it up now otherwise he will end up in the press box. I don't buy the death of his fiancée four years ago as an excuse as another reader had suggested.
As I said after last game i started to have some hope with the chemistry developing and the fore check showing up in spurts and last night this was consistent and against a team who moves the puck extremely well and very good goalie , my hopes are improving . Which brings me to the 4th line which made a difference and is something we needed for awhile and will need. Finally the towers of doom moved to where if anywhere is where they belong.
I have always rooted for Boyle even with his inability to skate, hit, fight or stay on his skates but he has heart, he has taken some beatings for the team. Anyway despite some these things he showed up and Dorsett was really good, smart, skated well, created chances and took no bad penalties, which brings me to the other tower. 2 penalties ,I don't remember if both were in the offensive zone, at least he wasn't on the PK. Although this might have been his best game which is not saying much, he still rarely wins any battles on the wall and his slow feet are liability on the back check and in the defense zone and AV running him out on the PK in the 3rd wow... I just hope AV's love for him will not cloud his judgement when Haglin comes back.
On a another note speaking from a old defense man's view I hate to say it much as Hank is one of the best it is nice to have a Goalie who is comfortable moving the puck.
The grind is on... Kevin.. Wish I could stress this to the powers that be.. Geez.. Slats.. But maybe Ulfie would understand.. Shutdown hockey and grinding to a win.. Is got to be our style.. The younger players can be taught this!!
This one is for AV. We never played that aggressively in the offensive zone under Torts as we did last night. If Jimmy Howard didn't stand on his head, we would have easily scored more goals. Still DZ and Pyatt are total liabilities and we won in spite of their awful play. Big win...Gutsy win.
As critical as I have been of the Rangers this season, I have to compliment them on last night's game, full of energy and involvement. Do you think they have read my comments and taken them to heart? I am sure they did!
Last night they looked much more like a real team, as opposed to a bunch of guys who just happen to be playing mediocre hockey at the same time. Was god to see they've got it in them, but they have to be consistent, so I'm withholding judgement until we see if they keep it up for more than one game.
That OT win was pretty damn exciting though - nearly jumped off the couch.
So before the whole 9 game road trip to start the season began, I read a lot of "with this schedulecoming back to MSG at 4-5-0 8 pts would be a good result". We missed the target by one game, so the sky's not falling, but I think what had all Ranger fans up in arms was the lack of effort or enthusiasm. Finally last night I saw both effort and enthusiasm so I for one am seeing the glass half full finally.
"when Hank is hurt and he don't feel good. who you gonna call!? CAM TALBOT!!!" you know...because of his helmet and all???
If anything, maybe Talbot will step in as the Rangers goalie of the future and management can get rid of the overrated Lundquist to free up free agent money
Has anyone mentioned Dorsett yet? I thought it played a great game... He somehow the last few games is getting great chances. Now if only he can finish lol.
Nice effort by most of the team, but Pyatt almost cost the Rangers the game. With Pyatt, Fast, and Zuccarello on this team, I just can't get behind them. Would rather see Haley, and Marek Hrivek ( I like his size, and he just missed making this team out of camp) given a chance now that we've seen what Fast brings ( nothing! ).
This is how the Rangers have to play every game.If so, the negativity will evaporate and they'll be back in the picture. Kreider played his best two periods since he's been here.Nice to see, hope he keeps playing like this.We got some other forwards producing finally and we won.
When Hags gets back someone goes to Hartford. I wonder if Jesper Fast might stay- rookie with scoring potential and few defensive blunders.Has played pretty well actually-noticeable at times.Surprised he is so defensively capable.
I agree with the accountability, but if Torts were here Zuccs doesnt touch the ice after that turnover and after it he played a great game and made a difference. So it goes both ways... Pyatt should not be on this team. Can we get him off the PK....
I thought tonight was Kreider's coming out party. He played well the other night, and didnt get on the score sheet tonight, but for a large time of the game he was dominant, and easily the Rangers most effective player. Excited to see him in a top 6 with Callahan, Hagelin and hopefully Nash soon.
Lots of NYR looked good tonight cause of the effort. You can still see the lack of great talent, but they at least compensated quite a bit for it tonight with their effort. Everyone looked like they were hustling.
Kreider finally looked like he was playing with purpose. He was creating plays and was very good positionally, He keeps playing like that, maybe his potentially will be truly realized. And boy, does Kreider have the most explosive 1st step in the game? The guy is so quick to get up to speed.
Pouliot I thought hustled and worked hard tonight too. Didn't give up on the 1st goal, and then that play it OT was all hard work and determination.
and finally, NYR looked like VAN lite tonight (past AV VAN teams) and I mean that as a compliment. They were strong to the man and they had good puck possession.
It's not relevant but I thought I'd let you all know that Anthony Duclair had a 4 goal game tonight. Jesus Christ. Also LGR!
Pyatt plays because he is good on the boards and is almost always responsible defensively. I thought he was one of the only players who came out with any fire against Philly. He's a useful player on a better team.
He's also very easy to scapegoat because he's big, slow and non-violent at the same time. That looks bad on the ice.
As far as accountability goes, I really don't know what to say. Sometimes Torts way works, sometimes it's good to give guys some rope so they don't play as tight. I'm not knowledgeable enough to know how this should have applied to Pyatt.
What about Jesper Fast? He's been very positionally responsible but he makes very little impact on the ice. I wonder if they couldn't give someone else a chance. Lindberg? What's up with him these days?
its crazy how inconsistent this team is...in their 3 wins, they have looked very solid against pretty good teams but have looked completely lost in the other games...huge win for sure, just have to play with the same effort on monday
@Betweentheworlds The year he scored 23 he played on a line with Sedin twins and i will agree the one thing he has is good hands but the after 2 more seasons he worked himself off the line and the team was not resigned only to show up in Phoenix for the Minimum salary till we took him off their hands
@Chettii I think we're starting to see a glimpse into why Blue Jacket fans were upset about losing Dorsett. When he's not taking penalties or trying to get absurd calls that only seem to piss off the refs, he looks really good. He's also really fast.
@DubiLeetch How about Prince?
@MikeBlue You're correct on Pyatt but dead wrong on Zucc. and Fast.
@MikeBlue when your 21 and killing penalties in the 3rd it says something
@MikeBlue im not a huge fan of what anyone has done so far but....tonight zuccarello tied the game with a huge hard effort goal and fast played well on the penalty kill in the 3rd. pyatt on the other hand continues to get slower.
@fs2020 My vote goes to Pyatt.
@PenaltySh0t STEAL (in the third round)! Kid is going to be great for us... 2-3 years and he will be a first liner for the Rangers hopefully
Torts way sometimes breaks confidence of players, they are afriad to make mistakes, not good for creative players.
@Hotfreak Hey Kojak .....astute observations re: Pyatt. As long as he will sign for under 1M he will play somewhere for the next couple of years. He is exactly as you describe him and I believe he was a first rounder and beleived to be the second coming of a pacificist type Cam Neely....was that Milbury??
@Hotfreak Fast goes down when Hagelin is back on Tuesday
@Hotfreak I prefer to keep Fast on the ice. He may not do much damage offensively, but look at the situations he's been put in. He's being played on the 4th line and on the PK and he's doing a pretty amazing job in the role they're giving him. He doesn't seem overwhelmed at all and is proving to be a pretty wonderful defensive forward. He'll get more chances offensively in time, but for now he's earned his time on the ice.
@Van_Ness_WVU Jekyll and Hyde. The poles are extreme for sure.
@Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane @PenaltySh0t Let's pump the brakes a bit. Kids an amazing talent, but we've seen amazing talent come into the NHL and fall flat. 2-3 years he'll be 20-21. He could be up with the team by then, but I don't know if he'll be a first liner. It's possible Duclair may spend another season or two down in the CHL. I'm excited for him, but I'm not expecting a big, big impact from him for a while.
@JoshKaye Agreed on how well he's handled his role. He's also quite physical for a guy his size. I like him. I'd like to see him have an impact in the offensive zone, though.
@_Jack hes 18 and weighs 180.... by the time he is 21 I bet he is 195-205, which is fine for a 5-11 goal scorer