Rangers Tie Series 2-2 in Game 4

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After an abysmal Game 3, I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into Game 4. Visions of last year’s slump in the first round kept clouding my vision, but I kept a positive outlook. The Rangers stepped it up from the moment the puck dropped in period one, and despite a few gaffes, played a good 60-minute game.

Buch Makes His Debut and Holden Returns

Pavel Buchnevich was a surprise on the ice today, but it was clearly evident he belongs there. His stick and puck handling are a beauty of a thing to watch, and even though he didn’t score, his efforts made a difference. He also seemed to spark some life back into Kreider and Zibanejad, both who have been sorely missing since the playoffs started.

On the defense, Klein was removed in favor of Holden (WHY!) again, and somewhere Adam Clendening sits collecting dust. Will he see a playoff game? That’s left to be seen.

Two Goals Sealed the Win

Fast lit the lamp, and then double checked to make sure it went in.

Goal number two came in the second period. It started with McDonagh, who kept the puck inside the blue line, giving Nash the opportunity for a mulligan on his earlier disallowed goal.

Dismal Officiating

The Rangers couldn’t buy a penalty tonight, there were so many “missed” penalties that it was astounding. Elbows flew, skates were kicked, and slashing commenced, but no whistles blew.

Smith, in particular, took a wallop of a beating with an elbow to the face and a chop to the wrist. He stuck it out and that’s the definition of a true hockey player.

Hank Continues to Shine

After facing 118 shots in three games, he faced only 24 in Game 4, making 23 saves. He even bailed out the defense on a few critical breakaway attempts.

The only goal Montreal scored should’ve been disallowed; the play should’ve been blown dead due to both sides having too many men on the ice. In all seriousness, it should’ve been another shutout. Nevertheless, they got the “W.”

I think we’re all with Hank on this one:

The Blueshirts head back to Montreal for Game 5, which takes place on Thursday.

4 comments

  • The Refs are so bad could not even count 6 players skating in front of them after the only goal by Canadians. Smith gets slashed right in front of ref and he doesn’t see it. These guys need to meet with league and not do another game.

    • To be fair, the Rangers has 6 players on the ice as well, Nash, Vesey, Step, Miller, Holden and Skjei. However you are spot on about the slash and elbow that Smith ate no more the 3 feet away from the ref. I understand and appreciate refs who let players play in close fought playoff games but enough of the spearing, slew footing, hits to the head and two handed axe chops. And also what were the refs excuse when Ott kicked at Zucc. This time of year every teams fans says the refs are out to screw their team, not what I’m saying here, but the officiating has been brutal in this series as well as the entire playoffs. Ottawa wins on an overtime powerplay goal from Bobby Ryan who should have been in the penalty box.

  • I am very surprised at the Canadiens, I had the idea they were a good team that played well. Turns out I’m WRONG! They are as bad as Philly was in the 80’s and 90’s ! Dirty, sneaky and chippy! More went on after play was over than during the play. I don’t usually point out one player as an example, but I will— that guy Radulov is as much of an animal as Ovetchkin,(without Ovetchkin’s talent)!
    These last games will be savage! Whether the Rangers can win 2 of three remains to be seen, but they better put Glass in just for insurance! ( NOTE TO MANAGEMENT)–It sure would be great to have McIlrath also.
    As an aside, I have absolutely NO idea how a man as small as Zucc can go out and play, day after day, against the bruisers in the league. Win or lose, my hat’s off to Zucc, he’s got a ton of guts!
    And, as much as i don’t wish him any success in the last 2 or 3 games, I have to put Gallagher in the same mold. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in anything, either! Takes a big pair to play pro hockey at their size!

    • Christ, can this McIlrath crap stop. The Rangers made a mistake taking him in the 1st round. He’s not a NHL dman dispite what some Ranger fans think. That’s not a knock on him, I wish I could have the talent to be an AHL hockey player. Does anyone actually think a player who will get 6 mins of ice time if he’s lucky is going to deter te Habs or any other team?

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