The New York Rangers (21-20-3) lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets (19-20-4) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...wow, what an emotional roller coaster that game was. More swings than me going through withdrawal. While gaining just a point to Columbus can never be construed as a positive, I'm loving the continued resiliency of this team. Could they finally be forming an identity?
...Kreider must have been hanging out with Carcillo at practice today. Brutal call that completely changed momentum of the game. Kreider should not be penalized for being strong.
...if the Rangers could have buried their 5-on-5 chances, they would have run Columbus right out of the building. When they're able to use their speed to maintain puck possession the Rangers can have a very dangerous offense.
...i was all set to give Nash the obligatory "confidence building performance" comment and then the shootout started.
...yes, Talbot is calm in there and is piling up the wins, but he does not see the quality of shots or the quantity of odd man rushes that Hank does. I'm really starting to think the King's teammates don't like him. Having said that, Lundqvist has allowed three or more goals in 10 of his last 11 starts. That's just not going to cut it.
...think Team USA is starting to regret taking Stepan over Dubinsky?
...after losing the first four games of their record nine game homestand in December, the Rangers are 3-1-2 in their last six at MSG. The crowd even sounded semi-loud at the World's Most Overpriced Arena tonight.
...biggest difference between AV regime over Torts' is that special teams are helping the Rangers instead of hurting them.
...can the Rangers buyout Richards tonight?
...anyone changing their opinion in the positive on Boyle yet?
...just nine minutes for D. Moore tonight. I'm pretty sure we're going to see a "Carbomb" in Chicago Wednesday night.
...the Rangers offense has looked pretty potent the last two games, which we should probably get used to since the upcoming schedule includes a number of equally mediocre Eastern Conference teams. The weak Metropolitan Division will keep the Rangers in the hunt for the remainder of the season, making it very unlikely they'll be selling any pieces for a rebuild come trade deadline time.
...step up in competition on Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
Post game talk...
We'll see how you feel when the contract proves to be yet another albatross..... like Richards..... like Nash.... like countless other Rangers who signed and played for huge money.
I was also at the game last night. Many have made point to what i'm about to say but whatever lol.
Kreider getting tossed silenced the building and took all momentum from the rangers. They pretty much dominated the first period.
With the way things were shaping up being down 3-1, you could hear a damn mouse fart in MSG. That comeback, though we were playing columbus, was pretty damn incredible considering the odds we had stacked up against us. No momentum, our best player thrown out, playing FLAT, it seemed like nothing was going our way. Nash stepped up this game, he was a beast. Hopefully he can carry that confidence with him going forth.
I wanted to throw something at hank during the shootout. First goal should have been an easy save for him. The second, why in the HELL did he not swat that puck away? Dude just danced in front of him, making him look completely stupid. Was a sick move no doubt, but hank should have poke checked that away.
Can't really hate on him though because he made some big saves at the end of the game and in OT to even get us to the shootout.
Love Zucc but he needs to change his move up. Hes done that the last 3 shootouts we have been in. Also, Bobrovsky made a good save on nash. Sucked to go out the way we did but at least we came back and got the point.
Damn I miss Dubi. See how he came flying over after Kreider put Tyutin down? Johnson was laughing at Brassard in the second or third period when he shoved him...no toughness anywhere in the lineup right now accept for Kreider and Cally (ish).
Del Zotto made some bad plays but he also had a lot of nice stretch passes, just no one on our goddamn team can finish. Could Stepan ask for a better chance in front? ugh..
how many years are left in Richards' contract since SAther has no intention of buying him out? I will be hitting the vodka hard if I have to keep watching Richards miss wide open opportunities with shots that hit the boards all the time.
I say throw Talbot to the wolves or the hawks for that matter Wednesday night. Hank just looks fragile, watched him throw the puck back to a defense man and put the guy in world of shit and you could tell by his body language he wasn't right. Can't watch Richards play, still has hands but not legs.
What is it with the guys when then sign for money here? Do the contacts have a body or talent sapping agent on it? This year Stepan and Hank and look Dubi was lucky he recovered unlike Gomez, even Jagr had to leave the country.
I say trade everybody who's contract is up for their own good and the Rangers good except Zucc who i think can withstand it.
On another note I don't think Kreider should really punch anyone and risk screwing up his hands. He should just pick up players like he did Phaneuf except carry them over his head by their bench before he throws them to the ice,
Stop defending Lundqvist....stop with the excuses already!...
And yes, Richards should be bought out immediately.
Is there a stat for how many passed jump over Del Zotto's stick? Just sayin.
@TheNYRBlog at least they are getting points. They gotta score 1st, this new crowd is very uninterested until a goal is scored
Another 3 goal game for Hank...and that shootout was atrocious. I hope he figures it out soon, because that's a looooong contract to be buried under before it even starts.
"i was all set to give Nash the obligatory "confidence building performance" comment and then the shootout started."
Nash played a really really good game. cant just look at the shootout
@TheNYRBlog So, .500 means it's tough?
@TheNYRBlog once Boyle scored the crowd finally showed life and it didn't leave until the rather quick shootout occurred
As far as Wednesdays game. Right now.I see either Ranger goalie a s being about equal for the Chicago showdown.Talbot -a back up goalie who plays well and gives us a chance to win. Lundqvist a #1 goalie who isn't playing as well as he used to.Take your pick.I pick Talbot because he is clutch when it comes to giving Rangers a chance to win.I think Lundqvist is going to be the same as all year- pretty good but a crucial goal or softee that handcuffs the team. Talbot won't let in more than 2 goals
No mention of Del Zotto's giveaway that led to an awesome chance for the blue jackets that eventually led to boyle's goal?
Also, no one can honestly say that Lundqvist is the same goalie he has been in the past. That wrist shot goal on his blocker side is a goal he NEVER gave up in the past. You actually see Girardi stop and to allow Henrik a complete and unobstructed view of the shot just like he always said he wanted in years past. I really think the equipment change has hurt him just as brodeur said it was going to in the preseason!
Finally you state the obvious. Hank absolutely sees more quantity and quality of shots. Such a different team defensively in front of Hank than Cam.
A couple things. First the garden felt like the old garden for those 3-4 minutes where we got our second and 3rd goal (the place was rocking). Then the Rangers stepped off the gas, and the place got quieter again. Next, after tonight and the season so far anyone that thinks Hank is right physically and/or mentally is just in denial. His glove side is a joke right now... watched him fail to catch 3 glove side high shots that almost trickled in as a goal. The guy is just not the Hank we have seen the last 7 years or so... and it has gotten to late in the season to say he is in a slump.... This is starting to just be a bad SEASON for him. As for Wednesday... I have no faith going into the game... I see a 5-0 loss. If they do any better I take it as a positive. After watching the Hawks against San Jose these kind of teams are in a different league than us right now. I give the start to Hank just because I don't want the only solid goalie we have right now getting shaken by Patty Kane sniping him 3 times.
Can I call it the World's Most Overpriced Arena from now on? It really is. That said, tonight was definitely the loudest I've heard it in awhile. I almost think the fans willed them to that third goal.
As for D. Moore's minutes, I think that had to do with Kreider being out. They moved Miller into his spot which basically left them with four lines and Boyle used for draws and penalty kills.
Speaking of Boyle, I give in. I'm not his biggest supporter but that penalty kill shift in overtime was phenomenal. I still think there are moments he looks completely lost out there but I know the purpose he serves and if he can continue to do what he did during that last minute, he can stay in my book.
Was at the game tonight.
-terrible call on Kreider. Should have been 2 mins boarding tops. Kreider hit him from the side and Tyutin's position caused him to go face first into the boards. Kreider also let up on him too...didn't charge him, or it could have been much worse. Like Kevin said, you can't penalize guys for being strong. Totally killed the building and took away tons of momentum (not to mention gave CBJ the major PP), and up til that point Kreider was the best player on the ice for both teams, generating chances, setting up chances, etc. He hit a post, had two other great scoring chances, and setup a couple of others.
-MSG was pretty loud tonight. Maybe cause we were cheering for our team and our "former" team?
-is it just me or does Staal look like he got smaller? Watching him on the ice, I was like "who's that thin, lanky guy, no 18. oh wait."
-Nash looked good tonight. Skating well, lateral movement was strong, but the guy still gets no support from his line mates, except when he plays with Kreider. In the limited time they played together, Kreider was opening ice for everyone, and it allowed Nash some room.
-Hank looked good tonight (SO withstanding). Kevin is right. Don't know why this team plays different D in front of Hank vs Talbot. Dubi's goal, the defender left the shooting lane, and no one was even attempting to clear Dubi in front. Hank was also left out to dry on the Wisniewski goal, which was essentially a partial breakaway.
-DelZotto was bad again, but heck, at least he's consistent.
@TheNYRBlog good crwd,louder than Usual morgue sqre grdn.gonna hav no voice 2morrow.I wanted 2hate on dubi, but I just can't.Im so confused.
@TheNYRBlog was there 2nite,greatGame but bad outcom.total B.S. on kreider,like yasaid he's just too strong,call took the steam rite outofus
YESSSS EMOTIONN...boyle after his goal EMOTIONNN...but after dominating and tieing the game, we let off? Overall solid game just gotta finish......EMOTIONNNNN
The Canadian officials are at it again. It has happened too often over the years to be coincidence. Also, I've never seen Lundqvist look so nervous stopping shots. When was the last time you saw him give up the first two goals in a shootout? Just hope it's a slump.
I think Nash is heading in the right direction for sure. Yeah, the shootout happened but he made a damn good move and Bob just made a great, great save. I feel like Zucc didn't have his best game...it wasnt a bad game but it just seemed a bit difficult for him to find any space. He also needs to use a new shootout move and start mixing it up. He's getting predictable if only in the shootout. Also, I think we keep the same lineup. It's not like we had a bad game, just lost the momentum with that awful call on Kreids.
@calithirteenIf you want to drink more Vodka watch Richards in our own zone......then call AA and start stepping!
@LGR8He was in position to get the Rangers another point and he failed.
@bmitchelf I said starting. lol
@ForEachNYRFull post on that play coming on the blog at 9:30am.
@dsclaw88 We were awesome last night... I think we had puck possession for at least 75% of the time... we had many more scoring chances and seemed to be toying with the Blue Jackets at times... Good to see Nash regain some confidence. He was more aggressive and the results prove it.. good game for him. Brad Richards is sooooo average... a serviceable player, but definitely not a superstar and he should NOT be getting paid one tenth of his current salary... Hank had moments of brilliance, but was not scintillating and not his 2012/3 self... he has stepped DOWN a notch. Zuc was fantastic... huge impact player....
"After watching the Hawks against San Jose these kind of teams are in a different league than us right now." so so so totally on the money!
@KreiderisTheChosenOnemy wife suggests that perhaps Hank's wife has postpartum depression and making him miserable. Who knows.
Boyle was so happy after scoring that goal. You know he was holding that in since the TOR game, since he couldn't really celebrate the team's 7th goal that night w/o showing up the Leafs.
dude that wisnewski goal from my angle at the game... you could see where he was shooting it from a mile away... far side high. I don't get how anyone thinks thats a nice goal. A nice shot yes, but Hank HAS TO HAVE THAT ONE. That is a terrible goal that should be saved at the AHL level. The other two you can't blame him, although he has been strangely bad on breakaways this year... and the shootout he got undressed. In fact I think his jock strap is still on the ice from that Johanssen move
@shoot_the_goalie Im a goalie, all I can say regarding Dubinskys goal is regardless of if the opportunity should or shouldnt have happened aside, thats an easy save. The defelection was scored on the same side the puck was going, the puck was going a little wide. Lundqvist should be on that post. How does that puck sneak in on the side the puck is being shot.
@shoot_the_goalie For Dubi's goal, do you mean first CBJ goal? (Just making sure.) If so, no one cleared him out because he had just thrown Girardi into the boards and guessing he was Girardi's man. By the time Dan got up, the puck was in the net. (And Dan didn't take long to get up...)
@JoshKayeYeah, it looked like Bob was just waiting for Zucc's shootout move. Book's out on him.
@TheNYRBlog I thought you might come back with that :)
@shoot_the_goalie Yes he was. I laughed at how much he celebrated because you would think he hadn't scored in months, not that he scored two days ago lol
@KreiderisTheChosenOne@shoot_the_goalie The reason Hank has been so good over the years was because he would make a goal like that look like a routine save. But when its let in it looks like a snipe. He used to make thoose saves with his eyes closed. He is playing with ZERO confidence and as a goalie it fucks with your head and you start changing around your game. Hopefully the Olympics will help him figure it out.
Well he better stop going to apallo ono speed skating school and go to the Joe Kocur school of fighting
@Melissa (blknblueshirts)@JoshKaye@shoot_the_goalie I understand your points, but from what I saw Dubi's hit was clean and he took Dan G. out with a good hip check. Then you have 4 NYR all on one side, because Moore & Boyle drifted too high and too far to the boards, vacating center ice, which leaves no defenders in Wisniewski's shooting lane or anyone to help cover up for Dan G. down low. Wisniewski has a wide open Dubi to get the puck to and bam...goal.McD was the only man down low and he was tangled with his correct man. It essentially made it a semi-two on zero play against Hank.