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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The puck is dropped in Ottawa. Both teams spend a bit of time feeling each other out early on, playing safe and making sure to always have two men back. Shots are being kept to the perimeter, and the teams’ aren’t generating many “grade A” chances. I noticed quickly that Lundqvist was tracking the puck really well; not just on shots on goal, but on shots that miss the net and passes as well. That theory is put to the test quickly, as a weak slashing call on Kevin Hayes (it was a tap on the hip), grants Ottawa the first power play. Almost immediately, Lundqvist is standing on his head, making ten-bell save after ten-bell save. There were two saves in this period that are goals well over 90% of the time. On this power play, he robbed Mark Stone with an incredible left arm save on the goal line. Read more
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
There was a very palpable and nervous energy at Madison Square Garden preceding game 4. The fans hoping to see a home playoff win, which hadn’t happened at MSG since May 16, 2015. The puck is dropped. Read more
The NHL playoffs are right around the corner. When I realistically look at the Rangers chances, I see a team that is in better shape than last year, but not as good as the two years previous. Despite the presence of Ryan McDonagh, and the unreal emergence of Brady Skjei, the Rangers defense is their Achilles’ heel. Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein are coming back from injury, and at best are the second pair, but more likely third-pair defensemen. Marc Staal and Nick Holden have lost their chemistry as a pair, and have both been uneven from game to game. Trade deadline acquisition Brendan Smith has brought some bite, but hasn’t found chemistry with any one player to form a consistent pairing. Read more