First period aside, what an excellent display the Rangers put on in front of a near capacity crowd in the Bronx. A first 20 minutes marred by phantom penalties, horrible defense, bad ice and a "musical act" that my kids could probably replicate. Still, despite the Rangers defensive inadequacies in the opening frame, nobody expected what transpired over the final 40 minutes....
The light snow that fell in the latter half of the second period was a beautiful back drop for the goal parade that was to come. The Rangers got their transition game going that was absent in the first period by keeping Devils defenders on their heels, which has often been the case during the Rangers' resurgence and has led to pretty consistent production; especially for a team that has been heavily reliant on the power play for goals scoring but have shown improvement recently getting the same production 5v5.
Zucc was 2/3rds of the way towards a natural hat trick after he tied the game on a redirect off his skate from a John Moore centering feed and nearly 10 minutes later, Mats finished off a 3 on 1 after a bad Devils pinch in the Ranger end that winds up in the Devils net.
Zuccarello's second of the game was the first of 3 Ranger goals in just under 7 minutes. Hagelin ran the lead to two goals 1:09 after Zucc's game winner, chasing down a puck behind the Devils' net and fired off a shot that glanced off the side of Brodeur's mask and in.
The nail in the Devils' coffin came with 30 seconds left in the second with Stralman delivering a thunderous open ice hit at the Rangers blue line against the puck carrying Andy Greene. The turnover resulted in a 3 on 1 the other way. Stepan found Nash streaking down the right wing and scored his 7th goal in the last 5 games.
Marc Staal and Kevin Klein stood out today. Staal's goal in the first period kept the game close and was the Rangers first by a defenseman in 11 games. Klein negated Jagr 1 on 1 in the Rangers end right after they tied the game early in the second. Klein's steady play in his own end was a sight for sore eyes for a team in need of all the defensive help they can get their hands on.
First time Marty has allowed 5+ in his career against the Rangers and was yanked for the third period. If today was the last game the Rangers play against Marty, it was a hell of a way to send him off.
After the miserable first period Lundqvist had, the Rangers made his day much easier, allowing only 12 shots on goal over the final 40 minutes. The Rangers defensively got to pucks much better, won the battles on the boards and never allowed the Devils to set up for quality chances.
The Rangers get set for round 2 outdoors on Wednesday who will look to exact revenge for last week's bad loss against the Islanders.
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I had just told my wife the D had to stop backing in and poke checking and start throwing some good open ice checks...
Kevin just keep writing articles like this http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/january/time-to-change-up-the-lines.html . You seem to have some voodoo going on that works like a charm.
I don't know why Stralman's hit surprised people. He's one of a handful of players today that still throws the hip check every chance he gets. Also what did Greene think he was gonna do? Skate through three Rangers like he was Mario Lemieux? You don't see a lot of huge open ice hits like that because most people aren't stupid enough to try something like what Greene did.
I know everyone loved the black and blueshirts...but just from a pure entertainment standpoint...AV's rangers are 1000x more fun to watch than torts rangers
Good write up, thanks. Much to my chagrin, I took a nap after the bullshit call on Boyle. Glad to see they dropped the hammer on Fatty. What a send off, indeed.
@TheNYRBlog what time and channel
Remember all the Zucc haters... Too small, never make it in the NHL etc.
Hobbit power - MZA - FTW!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing us take out our frustrations and avenge our loss to the hated Islanders Wednesday.... if there is one team that we deserve to beat 10-1 it is them... for those of us who remember... "Potvin sucks! Potvin sucks! Potvin sucks!"
What a great way to start the outdoor series.... our offense is great, when it is clicking... good pick up with Klein.... only time will tell, but good start....
You would think the Devils would have learned their lesson from their mickey mouse days and luck those uniforms got them.
Beside all the fanfare and sideshow the outdoor game brought these are a big 2 points as are Wednesdays in the 500 league
Marty crying over the ice... Pathetic
However Jagr's interview was great..
Reporter: "Did you guys get a chance to look around at the crowd and really take it all in?"
Jagr: "Ya, I think our whole team did in the 2nd period... That's why they scored those 4 goals.."
Devils looked bad. I'm happy with the rangers level of play. At the same time this team hasn't showed it can beat top teams. I'm not getting overly excited with this win. Big 2 points, on to the next! Isles top line has been on fire, going to be a great test
And fat boy Marty is already crying that the ice was bad. Really? No shit. Had nothing to do with the fact his team shit the bed it was the ices fault.
Beck...LOVE it! He's blaming the ice right now...I think it is the second degree burns from so many red lights hitting the back of his neck after each goal!
Not gonna nitpick anything or even comment. 6 goals against Fatty McFatenstein on a national stage is just priceless! BTW, that Stepan penalty shot was a helluva snipe! Break out the tartar sauce, it's time for some fishsticks!
Hey Boys....just finished watching the game....a few notes......offense was never my game....so I tend to focus on what i know.
Like the way the Rangers came out hitting....it actually feels strange typing it......Cally comes out...Boom...nice Captain on Captain hit....and then after he bounces off the glass...Cally just throws him to the ice for good measure.
Weak call on Boyle.......
Big hit by McD...forgot who he hit....but right into the Devil's bench.
Smart play by Carcillo. Like I said the other day, there's a time and a place to drop them. He gets nailed by Carter. Clean hit. It's 3-3 in the 2nd....he doesnt retaliate. But he gets the license plate number. He continues to play on..follows the puck. Puck winds up going to the side boards....and who gets it.. Carter. Carcillo skates across....and crunches him. Clean hit. That's how you do it.
Oh...how did everyone like the Stralman hit at the blueline? Don't collapse...stand them up at the line....boom...turnover....and a goal. Hope to see more of that going forward.
One of the Devil goals.....Elias....that was on Hags. Another of the Devil's goals...Elias again i believe....terrible job by John Moore. First, he doesnt even try to establish getting position.....then he allows him to stand there with his stick on the ice. Terrible job.......its called a liftcheck damnit. Annoys the heck out of me.....
I spent a lot of time just focusing on Klein. With the puck...around the net...and away from the puck. A couple of minor nitpicks...had trouble with the puck at the point which led to a Devil's rush...offsides. No harm...no foul. Later in the game he tried to clear a puck out of the zone.. high off the glass....hit a Devil ...kept in zone...led to a shot on goal. More of a bad break than anything else......
But every other part of his game. When he was away from the puck.....no wandering....always in position. In front of the net...ties up his man...gets a body on him....used lift check and press check effectively.
And most notably to me....going behind his own net....Devil forechecker on him.....he could have panicked...tried just pinning the puck against the boards....or whip the puck around the boards..hope for the best and get back into position. But he didnt panic. With a Devil on him...he reverses direction...maintains puck control.....and hits a Ranger forward high along the sideboard...and then its out of the zone. No panic.
While I wish he would be a little more physical....this guy can play D. He knows what he's doing. He is what we call in the biz... "a steady eddie".
We got over like a fat rat in that deal.....you want to see Klein or DZ out there on a nightly basis?? No need to answer the question.....its that obvious...lol.
Great win boys.....next up...the Islanders......that's going to be a fun one. :)
The CBC broadcasters respected AV's rolling of four lines in the third period. tactics.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I bought my Zucc jersey (heritage shirt) during the 85th anniversary season in 2011 - I like it more than my Adam Graves signed Lemieux-model Koho stick.
I was considering the game worn Zucc jersey for $1000
MZA FTW. Too small, can't battle in the trenches, non-factor, not intimidating, disappearing act, not a Bruin, waaah waaah.
I was a Zucc hater. I admit it. I also admit I was dead wrong. Glad to be wrong too. He's shown great vision, toughness (!), perseverance and the ability to learn and adapt (benching). He should have Richard's A, IMHO.
Haven't seen the Zucc haters since his benching
Devils always seem to give us a hard time, even when they suck.... good thing hockey is three periods and not one! Great way to come back and end the game...
@papas1175You don't?! How about our victory over Chicago????
Give the guy a break. He is one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the sport... he is old... maybe he could not see well in the outdoor weather. Whatever the reason, this does not tarnish his reputation.
Sign me up! break out the fishsticks!
@McPhee37 Spot on. I'm a fan of John Moore and believe he's not close to reaching his potential. So .. I officially nominate you to make sure we lock him in a weight room this off-season to add on some muscle. When he's not in the weight room, let's send him for a month or two to spend with Leetch to teach him positioning and tricks of the trade. Make it happen McPhee!!!!
nice write up, buddy
sounds sound to me
@McPhee37Tried to follow him on the tube myself. Your analysis is spot on....YOU display a rare hands-on understanding of the game....THANK YOU!
Technically, and I agree with you, I believe it was his wife's brothers wife.
How about richards 12 mill a year this year as well?
@IcyCupI will fully admit I was once one and am now a zuccalite
Jagr was a terrific ranger. Maybe we can buy him at the deadline. The devils will need the money just to keep the lights on
Hey True....he's 6'3...202.....I played his position at 5'10...170.
When it comes to winning positional battles...its not the size of the dog in the fight.....its the size of the fight in the dog that counts.And if you do lose position...get his stick off the ice with a liftcheck....or presscheck to tie up his stick.....just dont stand there doing nothing...lol
@Rangerfan99"Sleeping with your sister in law is textbook breeding ground for gossip." Is that true in West Virginia
Sarcasm is the calling card of the weak. Grow up. Sleeping with your sister in law is textbook breeding ground for gossip.
@Rangerfan99@IcyCupHope you are alerting The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto with all this pertinent information. I don't like the Devils and I don't ever want to see Marty B. beat us AND the guy is one of the greatest goaltenders ever on the planet.....perhaps a little respect for the man's greatness....perhaps? This sounds like a bunch of women talking about another woman who is not present at the discussion!
@McPhee37@TruBluEspAnd "fight" is all about "Heart" and "Heart" is all about a player's "Will" to compete for the puck. Notice how much Richards and Nash continue to fight for the puck when they either had the puck and lost it temporarily or someone close by on the opposing team has the puck......they usually are not strong on trying to get the puck back. And now compare their "Will" with someone like Lucic or even our Cally and with 'little Zucc?