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That Dorsett penalty killed us. They didn't get the PP goal, but they got something like 6-7 SOG, and the momentum was in their favor until the end after that.
Nash played alright, he had some good plays and as always is opening up ice for his teammates. It ain't a coincidence that Brassard exploded for 9 points in 5 games after starting to center Nash's line. THat being said, he's here to score goals and that's the one thing he's not doing.
Kind of upset that people are blaming Hank for those two goals. Hank is a fucking wall, but expecting him to post a shutout every night is unfair and unrealistic. Think about all the fantastic saves he made tonight, too. The man is only human, what we need is more goals.
Most disappointing thing for me tonight was the forecheck. The Bruins iced THREE, count em, THREE rookies tonight and they looked very comfortable and happy out there. We really need to start putting the pressure on them and they'll make mistakes.
On a positive note, although it was a disappointing finish, I don't think we played too poorly, and we're still totally in this series. I don't feel nearly as bad now as I did after dropping that first game to Washington. Rangers need to make some small adjustments and they can win a few games.
McDonagh... Girardi... Stralman... man, I love our defense. These guys all played like warriors tonight. Even Del Zotto wasn't too brutal at points.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 2, Bruins 3 (OT)
@owensolb @coontzbloontz I agree that the PP has the potential to improve because... let's be honest, it can't get any worse. The PP actually hasnt looked totally awful all the time, there were definitely some instances with sustained pressure, multiple SOG, etc. Just bad puck luck. I also think the primary scoring could pick up a bit, but Nash and crew will most likely be matched with Chara for most of the series. It's gonna be hilarious seeing Zuccarello playing against Chara, haha.
I'm also looking to see more great performances from Boyle (and the secondary in general). He's starting to look like his 2012 playoff self, and his line is playing very well overall. Like I said, I think Dorsett is awesome.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0
@owensolb Bruins have one of the best PK's and worst PP's in the league, so this series is most definitely coming down to 5 on 5 scoring. It's not going to be an easy series as the Bruins have a lot of bruising players... really wish we had Clowe for this one, but so far Dorsett has been awesome. Basically it's gonna come down to Lundqvist and whether or not the Rangers get roughed up.
Henrik always plays out of his mind at the Boston TD Garden, remember when he had one of the best games of his career there last season? (42 save shutout). Once again, he will be the gamebreaker, and he always plays well in Boston and against Boston.
Nice to get a win, but the Rangers were still outplayed 5-on-5. If we didn't get momentum from putting the Caps on the PK half the game, I'm not so sure about the outcome. Still, we're back in the series and another win at home will be the the real decider. Even last year they struggled to put 2 wins together in the playoffs.
10 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
Lundqvist vs. Ovechkin, two of the best players in the world. Should be an awesome series.
The Bruins were my preferred team for the playoffs. We match up against them pretty well. Also, the Caps were by far the hottest team in the conference the past month, maybe even in the entire league. I'm scared.
10 months, 1 week ago on The Eff'n Caps Again?!?!?!?!
WHat happened to Clowe? I missed it,
Just want to say, I think the trade deadline move was fucking brilliant. I am really loving this team right now. Zuccarello, Clowe, Brassard, Moore. All of these guys have really stepped up and made the team much better. Add in one of the best Captains in the NHL, elite goaltender, premiere power forward, and a solid D corps. Now that is a team that could actually do some damage in the playoffs... we're catching fire at the right time, guys!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3, SO
@nyrfan747 Sounds like fun!
@ThrSage I like this guy! Actual stats! No sensationalist crap!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kreider Receiving Bickel Treatment
@Josh6 Also, Torts was practically the only guy in the Universe that believed in Richards when the rest of you idiots were claiming his career was over. Just goes to show the lack of conviction and informed opinions around here. Whine whine whine, who do we get to blame next?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2
@Josh6 One bad game and all of a sudden Nash is a "perimeter player"? You have a screw loose somewhere
@Josh6 That's stupid, dude. If anything, the actions at the trade deadline and the improvements the team made in the month of April showed that it was a personnel problem, not a coaching problem, that led to a lot of inconsistency.
@YimYames18 You can't expect a guy like Asham to really put up goals in any consistent manner. His job is to forecheck, fight, hit, and create momentum for when the top guys go on the ice. That's the definition of a "grinder" or "energy player." I think Pyatt is a better goalscorer than Asham, but he has been playing a similar role on the team on the 4th line for most of the season
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Demise of Taylor Pyatt Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
I'm digging Nash on the PK
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Devils 1
@JoshKaye Yes, but the Kings also steamrolled through the last 5-10 games before the playoffs, and kept the ball rolling after. The Rangers have no momentum right now, but I expect them to at least put up a good fight and maybe win the 1st round...anything can happen with Pittsburgh because of their shaky tending and D, plus we play pretty well at Consol.
Two biggest things we need going into the playoffs: FORECHECK, and Lundqvist catching fire. Without that we're toast.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Brian Boyle Out Indefinitely
Dude, Clowe wasn't on the ice when it happened, there isn't really a whole lot else to do. He could have gotten a few hits in, but it was already the 3rd period and who knows how many shifts he had on with Giroux after that. I would have been pissed if Clowe squandered a chance at tying the game by taking a stupid penalty to avenge Stepan when the real revenge would have been scoring a goal... Stepan did kinda avenge himself there, anyways...
Clowe has been sucked into the vortex of mediocrity that is the New York Rangers right now. Maybe they'll all wake the fuck up on the last game of the season just to lose all playoff hopes in the shootout again.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Whatever Happened to That Clowe Guy the Rangers Traded For?
Do we play the Flyers again before the end of the season? If so, look for number 28. If not, let bygones be bygones. At least he wasn't injured.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Giroux Elbows Stepan in the Head
I'd rather have Boyle over Kreider. If we end up getting locked down in our own zone with Kreider on the ice, guaranteed goal. He just doesn't have the defensive chops to play in the NHL yet
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Boyle Misses Practice; Stepan Banged Up; Staal Returns
*have no confidence, woops.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Frustration Builds for Richards
Part of the problem is the whole team is doing a poor job of entering the offensive zone. Part of the problem is bad transitioning in the form of trying to make fancy stretch passes and not keeping it simple. Another problem is many players seem to have confidence in skating the puck into the zone. I think this relates a lot to the sloppy passing, because often if there's a good couple of short passes out of the d zone and through the neutral zone, our offense has some space to skate in. Otherwise, we have all this shitty stretch passing and stupid misreads (Richards is most guilty here), that the defense just shuts down any attempt to skate in. Dump and chase ensues.
Really the only lines where dump and chase will work is any line that Hagelin is on, because he has the speed to chase the puck down. Otherwise it leads to turnovers. I think the Rangers would be better at dump and chase if they played better on the boards, but that has been one of their most inconsistent areas this season (and one of their strongest last season).