Where do I even begin? This game was … something else. It wasn’t that they were fantastic, or that they were bad, or even fantastically bad, they were a little bit of both. Being bad at the wrong times is what led to their double OT loss. Let’s break it down by period — as much as I don’t want to relive it.
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Well, tonight was quite exciting, with the Rangers eliminating the Canadiens, and sending Price and his cronies back to Montreal. Henrik Lundqvist was on his game and Mats Zuccarello showed everyone why he’s a fan (and teammate) favorite. Read more
What. A. Game. While the New York Rangers were on the money for all 60 minutes of Game 4, they did start out a little soft in Game 5. They finally picked up momentum in the third period and that overtime, just wow. Read more
Is there any other word but disappointment? This game had none of the life and pizzazz that New York came out with in Game 1. None. To add insult to injury, with the exception of Hank, and maybe Nash, the rest of the team basically showed up to play street hockey where any outcome is good enough. That’s a damn shame, considering they were on home ice with their fans behind them. Read more
Many were expecting another thrilling game, and while the Blueshirts didn’t win, the game had its moments. Read more
What a game. Unlike the playoffs last year where the Rangers seemed listless and lacked energy, this game was an excellent display of a team that wants to win.
In their next to last game of the year, the Rangers failed to impress yet again. While key players including Zuccarello, Nash, Fast and McDonagh sat out in favor of resting up for the playoffs, the rest of the team flailed miserably. The Senators dominated the puck for the majority of the game, while players such as Klein and Zibanejad caused some mind-boggling turnovers in the neutral and defensive zone.
For the most part the play was sloppy and lazy, though with nothing on the line, I guess this is to be expected. The Blueshirts have already secured the #1 Wildcard spot, and a first-round bid with the Canadiens, so the main goal of the game was to avoid any injury and strenuous play. While a win would’ve been nice (and inspiring for us couch watchers), it wasn’t a must and the team’s play certainly reflected this. I’d rather them save up their energy for the real work, which begins next Wednesday.
The Good Points (Yes, There Were Some)
As with any game, I’m not surprised to see a fair amount of people blaming Lundqvist for the loss. Yes, he has been a bit off this year, in terms of his stats. At the same time, though, we really do need to place the blame where it belongs which is on the piss poor coverage in front of the net. And, just how many goals are we expecting him to score to help the team win?
Today, however, he had some highlight-worthy saves and I dare say that none of the goals that hit the net were soft. He came up big when he needed to, and the score could’ve been a lot different had he been off his game.
Another good point is that they narrowly avoided shutout #2 after a 2-0 game against the Washington Capitals. In the final minutes, Zibanejad managed to score against his former team after receiving a standing ovation early on.
Tanner Glass in the lineup usually means we’ll see a fight and today was no different.
— Blueshirtsnation.com (@NYRangerFanclub) April 8, 2017
Playoff Run Predictions: One of two things needs to happen for the Rangers to have a decent playoff run: the defense needs to find its bearings (doubtful) or the offense needs to score more goals than their opponents. Right now, the offense isn’t scoring and the defense is just pitiful, so will we see the team advance past Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? I’m keeping faith, but if nothing changes, it will be a repeat of last year and an early trip to the golf course.
Be sure to check back, as Zak will have more coverage on the playoff predictions in the coming days!
To be honest, going into this game I didn’t really expect much. The Metro is a strong division and the Rangers really haven’t been playing their best as of late. However, it ended up being a better game than I anticipated, after they finally got their game together in the third and started playing the way they can.
Inconsistent Game Play
The first period was a mix of both teams, a bit in the Pittsburgh end and a bit in the Rangers’. No goals were scored, but that doesn’t mean teams didn’t have opportunities. Hank was tested a lot, but Murray faced down his fair share of shots.
The goal scoring came in the second, with the Rangers falling 2-0 before Holden scored and made it 2-1. The Rangers were absolutely dominated, spending most of the time in their own defensive zone, which needs to stop.
— Dave Shapiro (@BlueSeatBlogs) April 1, 2017
The Blueshirts fell within two again in the third with a goal from Bryan Rust who was left all alone in the zone, right in front of Hank. Nash was able to score and bring it back within one and after pulling Hank with 90 seconds to go, Kreider buried a puck with just 11.6 seconds left on the clock.
Better Performance from Henrik
While I can’t fully ignore the fact that Lundqvist has struggled more this season, he did look better tonight than the last two games where he’s been shaking off some rust. He looked a little sharper and despite the naysayers, I really do believe that he’ll be ready to go for playoffs.
He made some timely saves:
— Dave Shapiro (@BlueSeatBlogs) April 1, 2017
But this just brings us to the next point.
Defense Continues to be Dismal
The last few years the defense has been a source of constant complaint. Specific players aside, the defensive team as a whole really needs to tighten up the ship. Granted, they played tonight without McDonagh, which is good for him because he’s needed for the playoffs and to be in prime condition. While the source of his injury hasn’t been disclosed, it’s fair to say they’re either resting him or he’s resting his plums after taking a nasty hit from Thornton.
— Dave Shapiro (@BlueSeatBlogs) March 31, 2017
Holden nearly took out Lundqvist again, rushing back to provide coverage, which just resulted in a collision. Can we not injure him again, please? I know some people want Raanta as the starter in the playoffs, but I’d rather not have it happen. Thanks.
Tired of the Losses
Not only does this mark the third loss in a row, it marks the 8th home loss, which is a bit disconcerting for a team that’s known for being strong at home, particularly in the playoffs. However, the golden ray of sunshine may just lie in the fact that they won’t have home ice advantage this season.
I’m gonna preface this recap with the fact that I was most likely the source of the bad luck yesterday. The loss had nothing to do with the woeful defense and the Rangers’ inability to capitalize on their chances and clear the puck from their zone. This was my 2nd annual pilgrimage to MSG from Tampa, and it’s very clear that I’m a fan who should stay away as my record at MSG is now 0-1-1. Read more