Rangers-Lightning in Review

Before we get to the game review, which has graciously been written by James G, I felt that there was something that needed to be addressed.  Over the past couple of days, someone has been posting personal information of users of this blog, often times with hurtful messages, but other times just a general display of his or her knowledge of people’s personal information.  There is nothing that can be done to stop this person.  The best I can do is remove his or her posts if I am alerted to them.  I cannot monitor the blog the way Carp and LoHud did, so they will likely persist longer than I would like.  I have asked ilb, CCCP, and James G to assist me.  If you know any of their e-mails, you can reach out to them directly, or you can e-mail me at rangersreport2@gmail.com or tweet me @rangersreport2 to report any suspicious or malicious activity.

Now, I’d like to briefly address the person who has demonstrated their mastery of the internet.  You win.  I know enough to know I am completely helpless against anything you do.  I am even more helpless than Carp was, since this is not my full time job, and I just don’t have the time to track e-mail addresses and IP addresses to ensure people who post are who they actually say they are.  But I’m not mad. I just feel bad for you.  How hurt you must have been by Carp, myself, or some other people at Rangers Report to spark the vendetta you have chose to pursue.  Whatever it is that I or anyone else did, I’m sorry.  How sad and lonely you must be to continue your grudge to the point where you must either have a database of some sort, even if it’s just a few notes on a piece of paper, to help you keep track of the various poster’s names, e-mail addresses, names of loved ones, telephone numbers, addresses, etc.  At least, I certainly hope that you have the information written down and that it’s not memorized from obsessively scouring the data in your mind.  The returns on your actions must be diminishing at this point, as everyone’s information that you’ve shared has already been shared and made public to everyone else.  And most of the regulars have already shared their personal information with each other in private.  If you’re in it just for the lulz, maybe you should aim a bit higher than a Rangers fan blog, although I’m sure you would be licking your fingers while reading this statement.  I can assure you that it will be the last time I mention this subject.

Whatever happened in the past is in the past. You have a chance here to start over.  You can join the community and participate.  Nobody knows who you are.  Or, you can choose to keep doing what you’re doing, and we’ll remove the posts as often and as quickly as we can.  I just know that the path you’re currently going down is the lonelier one.

Now, here’s the game review.  As an example of this being only a part-time commitment for me, I had to ask James G to handle the review.  I only caught the 2nd period of the game.

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Rangers vs. Lightning … It’s Go Time!

Game 9

Rangers vs. Lightnings – 7:30 PM MSG

So I’ve got some leads on the poll and it will probably be in place for the next game but not tonight. This is clearly a half-assed venture. Feel free to list your three stars in the comments and I’ll do my best to aggregate them into a list.

Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers (5-3), via Steve Zipay (@stevezipay)

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

Pavel Buchnevich-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller

Brandon Pirri-Oscar Lindberg- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Nick Holden

Brady Skjei-Kevin Klein

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Rangers vs. Lightning, Pregame News & Notes

Via the NY Rangers (from an anonymous source):

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

 

Rangers: 5-3-0 (10 pts)

Lightning: 5-2-0 (10 pts)*

 

* The Lightning are playing against the Devils tonight in New Jersey prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

 

** See the attached document for additional background info on all Rangers players

 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their ninth game of the 2016-17 season and begin a three-game homestand tomorrow, Oct. 30, against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including tomorrow’s game, the Rangers will play five of their next six games at MSG. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four games (3-1-0 record) and have posted a 5-3-0 record this season.

 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

 

RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING

  • All-Time: 45-35-5-7 (25-16-2-4 at home; 20-19-3-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Lightning, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Lightning will play against each other on the following dates: Mar. 6 (at Tampa Bay), Mar. 13 (at MSG).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 2-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). New York allowed two goals in each of the three games and outscored Tampa Bay, 9-6, in the season series. Derek Stepan tied for first among all skaters with two goals and three points in three games, while Mats Zuccarello tied for first among all skaters with two assists and three points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .934 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 20 home games against Tampa Bay, dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season (12-5-3 record over the span).
  • The Blueshirts have registered at least three goals in four of their last five games against the Lightning (15 goals over the span).

 

RANGERS-LIGHTNING CONNECTIONS

  • Alain Vigneault and Lightning Associate Coach Rick Bowness were members of the same coaching staff in Ottawa and Vancouver. Vigneault was an Assistant Coach on Bowness’ staff with the Senators for parts of four seasons (1992-93 – 1995-96), and Bowness was an Assistant Coach on Vigneault’s staff for seven seasons with the Canucks (2006-07 – 2012-13).
  • The Lightning have three former Rangers on their roster: Brian Boyle (2009-10 – 2013-14), Ryan Callahan (2006-07 – 2013-14), and Anton Stralman (2011-12 – 2013-14).
  • Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, and Tyler Johnson helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. LIGHTNING

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 38 GP, 19-13-6, 2.38 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last two games against Tampa Bay, posting a 2.00 GAA and a .937 SV% (59 saves on 63 shots) in the two contests.
  • Derek Stepan – 20 GP, 8-10-18 – Stepan has notched at least one point in seven of 10 career games against the Lightning at MSG (five goals, five assists).
  • Rick Nash – 22 GP, 9-8-17 – Since joining the Rangers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Nash has registered 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 12 games against the Lightning.
  • Ryan McDonagh – 14 GP, 0-10-10 – McDonagh has tallied at least one point in seven of 14 games against Tampa Bay.

 

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have tallied 29 goals in their first eight games this season (3.63 goals per game). The Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in goals per game and are tied for fourth in the NHL in goal differential (plus-eight) in 2016-17.

 

FOUR SCORE

The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has three players who have recorded four goals this season (Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Vesey, and Mats Zuccarello).

 

HIGH FIVE

The Rangers are one of two NHL teams that have at least nine players who have tallied five or more points this season.

 

HOME COOKING

New York has posted a 4-1-0 record at home this season and has outscored its opponents, 21-13, over the five games at MSG. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 65 of their last 85 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (56-20-9 record). In addition, the Rangers have posted a 31-11-4 record at MSG since the start of last season. The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in wins (31), and they lead the NHL in goals for (151) and goals per game (3.28) at home since the start of last season.

 

STRONG FINISH

Over the last four games, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 12-3, in the second period and third period (8-3 in the second period, 4-0 in the third period). New York has recorded 23 of its 29 goals this season in either the second period or third period (12 goals in the second period and 11 goals in the third period), and the Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven goal differential in the second period this season (12-5).

 

SHOOTING GALLERY

The Rangers have outshot their opponents, 249-202, through the first eight games this season (31.1 shots on goal per game; 25.3 shots on goal against per game). The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in shots on goal against per game and rank eighth in the NHL in shots on goal per game this season. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in five of eight games this season and has held opponents to fewer than 30 shots on goal in seven of the first eight contests.

 

TWO GOOD

The Blueshirts have won 30 of the last 31 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (30-1-0). The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in four of the last five games.

 

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (462). With his next win, Vigneault, who has earned 149 career wins as the Rangers’ head coach, would become the sixth head coach in franchise history to earn 150 wins with the Rangers (along with Emile Francis, Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher, John Tortorella, and Tom Renney).

 

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a six-game assist/point streak (seven assists over the span). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to register a six-game assist streak since Brian Leetch (Dec. 15 – Dec. 28, 2001). McDonagh’s six-game assist streak is a career-high, while his six-game point streak is tied for his career-high. McDonagh is tied for second in the NHL in assists this season (seven), and he is one of two NHL defensemen who have recorded seven assists in 2016-17 (along with Duncan Keith). In addition, McDonagh is one of three NHL defensemen who have tallied at least one point in six different games this season (along with Shea Weber and Ryan Suter).

 

WELCOME MATS

Mats Zuccarello tallied both of the Rangers’ goals on Oct. 28 at Carolina, and he is tied for the team lead with four goals this season. Zuccarello has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) and has posted a plus-four rating in the last six games.

 

VESEY DOES IT

Jimmy Vesey leads NHL rookies in game-winning goals (two) and is tied for third among NHL rookies in goals (four) this season. Vesey is one of four NHL rookies who have recorded four or more goals in 2016-17 (along with Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, and William Nylander).

 

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad has tallied a point in six of the first eight games this season, and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17 (eight).

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals in four of his last five appearances, posting a 3-2-0 record, along with a 2.22 GAA and a .912 SV% in those games.

 

IM-PIRRI-AL

Brandon Pirri is tied for third in the NHL in shooting percentage this season (40.0%; four goals on 10 shots on goal). Pirri is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and game-winning goals (two) in 2016-17.

 

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller has recorded a point in each of the Rangers’ five wins in 2016-17, and the Rangers have posted a 5-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games.

 

STEP-AN UP

Derek Stepan enters the contest with 199 career NHL assists. He has tallied five assists/points in the last six games.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 36-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in three of the last four games and in four of eight games this season.

 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:03) on Oct. 28 at Carolina.
  • The Blueshirts rank sixth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (25.9%; 7-for-27).
  • New York has recorded a power play goal in each of the last four games (5-for-13; 38.5%) and in six of eight games in 2016-17.
  • The Rangers have tallied at least one power play goal in six of the first eight games of one season for the first time since 2009-10.

 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-1 (1:33) on Oct. 28 at Carolina.
  • The Blueshirts have posted a 21-2-2 record in the last 25 games in which they did not allow a power play goal, dating back to Dec. 22, 2015.
  • New York has only been shorthanded 21 times through the first eight games this season. In addition, the Rangers have only been shorthanded three times over the last three games, and only once in each of the three contests.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Derek Stepan – 1 assist away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Ryan McDonagh – 2 games away from 400 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Rick Nash – 4 goals away from 400 in his NHL career

 

INJURIES (20 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Josh Jooris (separated shoulder) – 3-4 weeks
  • Chris Kreider (neck spasms) – day-to-day

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Oct. 28 – Assigned Dylan McIlrath to Hartford (AHL)

 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Oct. 29, 1972 – Jean Ratelle registered four points (two goals, two assists) and Rod Gilbert recorded four assists as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 7-1, at MSG.
  • Oct. 29, 1990 – John Vanbiesbrouck recorded a shutout as the Rangers defeated the Quebec Nordiques, 5-0, at MSG.
  • Oct. 29, 2001 – Theo Fleury registered his 1,000th career NHL point and Mark Messier tied Paul Coffey for fourth on the NHL’s all-time assists list as the Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-2, at MSG.
  • Oct. 30, 1964 – Emile Francis was named General Manager of the Rangers.
  • Oct. 30, 1965 – Ed Giacomin earned his first career NHL win as the Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 8-2.
  • Oct. 30, 1988 – The Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins combined for 292 penalty minutes as the Blueshirts earned a 9-2 win at MSG. The 292 combined penalty minutes, as well as the Rangers’ 134 penalty minutes, are single-game franchise records. Tony Granato (four goals), Brian Leetch (two goals, two assists), and Kelly Kisio (one goal, three assists) each tallied four points in the contest.
  • Oct. 30, 1996 – Mike Richter made 53 saves while appearing in his 300th career NHL game and Brian Leetch registered three points (two goals, one assist) as the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1.
  • Oct. 30, 2015 – Mats Zuccarello tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, at MSG.

Rangers-Hurricanes in Review

  1. This game will be remembered as the battle of the shrimps. The Hurricanes’ shrimp was a little better than the Rangers’ and so the Hurricanes get the win.
  2. Also, Cam Ward was better than Henrik Lundqvist. This isn’t to say Lundqvist was bad.  He was good. But it’s becoming all too common for him to be the 2nd best goaltender on any given night.
  3. The Rangers, when in the Carolina zone, move the puck around freely and at will. So much for that promising Carolina defense. Nash and Vesey break in on a 2 on 2 and generate a bunch of chances, Girardi pinches in and get a good chance out of it, and eventually Faulk puts it out over the glass, sending the Rangers to the PP.
  4. On the PP, more quick passing inside the zone leads to a pass from behind the goal from Zibanejad to Zuccarello at the left circle. The rebound comes to Zibanejad behind the goal who tries to bank it in off of Ward, and nearly does. But in the aftermath, Buchnevich works the puck free with his skates before being slammed into the ice and on top of Ward by Hainsey, who then laid on top of him. The puck had been kicked by Buchnvich right back to Zibanejad behind the net, who worked it back to Zuccarello who sent it above the traffic on the ice into the open net, 1-0.
  5. That PP goal was their 4th consecutive game with a PP goal, and they were 5 on their last 12. Having an effective PP is such a dangerous weapon and it seems as if, for now, they finally do. A lot of credit to the Zibanejad and Pirri additions for that.
  6. Then came two lengthy reviews, first to see if Zibanejad’s shot went in (it did not), then Carolina’s challenge for goaltender interference (there wasn’t). I got to fast forward through it since I was watching it on a delay, but oh man, that must have been terribly boring to watch live.
  7. Just a couple of minutes later, a horrendous giveaway by Girardi almost made it 1-1. Standing flatfooted in the corner behind the goal, he passes the puck diagonally across the zone, trying to hit Vesey flying the zone on the right wing boards, easily picked off but fortunately shot high and wide.
  8. Klein and Staal are much too passive on Skinner as he skates up through the middle of the ice. He gets the puck around the net and comes out in front uncontested, as neither Staal or Klein moved from behind the goal line (Klein was interfered with a little bit).  Fast was too late coming away from the front of the goal (where he was covering for Staal and Klein) to shut down Skinner, 1-1.
  9. For as boring as the first period was, the second period was non-stop end to end action. Wicky must have hated it.
  10. Second period, Zibanejad gets chased from a draw in the offensive zone. Buchnevich steps in and loses it clean. Klein lets Skinner get a step on him and Pesce finds him on the long pass up the middle of the ice. Skinner shields off Klein using some of his fancy figure skating footwork and beats Lundqvist with a backhand, 2-1. You try not to blame a goaltender on a breakaway, but that wasn’t a great one.
  11. After that, the Rangers really took control of the period. They were all over the Hurricanes, and it was basically Cam Ward who kept the Hurricanes in the game. Zibanejad and Nash were getting a ton of chances and were unlucky not to score.
  12. Then McDonagh hits Zuccarello with a bomb when Hanifin took a bad angle on his coverage. Zuccarello slips it five hole, 2-2.
  13. The game then went back and forth for a while until McDonagh can’t handle a hard puck around the boards and trips Stempniak as a result. Or, I should say, gave Stempniak a chance to draw  tripping penalty as he went full extension in a dive after taking a stride with the skate McDonagh hit with his stick.  On the ensuing PP, Skinner gets a look like Pirri’s from the other night and rips a slapshot that goes in as time expires, 3-2.
  14. Coincidentally, it was hat giveaway night, and so the hats rained down on the ice while the officials confirmed that the goal was scored with time on the clock. I thought how funny it would be if Skinner wasn’t actually the goal scorer.  I wonder if anybody who threw their hat wanted it back after credit for the goal was given to Bickell.
  15. The period ended in a way I’ve never seen, the ice still filled with hats and the cleaning crew, and with players mixed on both sides of the red line. Why even bother dropping the puck?
  16. Third period, Holden can’t find a path out of the zone with one forechecker in front of him, so he makes a terrible pass back to Skjei, which leads to the Rangers being stuck in their zone for a minute. Thus far, he is not worth the fourth rounder that was spent on him. Skjei, I should mention, had a pretty solid game, as did most of the Rangers defense, even Girardi, the aforementioned gaffe aside. Klein struggled a bit.
  17. The rest of the period there was no good pressure as Carolina played chip and chase from their blue line out. The game was choppy and dull. Wicky must have loved it, although there wasn’t enough hitting or any facepunching. The Rangers only managed 7 shots over the final period after having 11 and 12 in the first two, respectively.
  18. Overall, a great showing at times marred by lack of finish (too many missed nets) and the occasional defensive breakdown leading to a Skinnerific play.
  19. Did you know that Marc Staal has a brother on the Hurricanes? And that they used to have two other ones as well? Great family, Sam.

 

My Three Rangers Stars:

 

  • Mats Zuccarello
  • Ryan McDonagh
  • Mike Zibanejad

 

Rangers at Hurricanes … It’s Go Time!

Game 8

Rangers at Hurricanes – 7:30 PM MSG

No poll after the game until I can figure out how, if I can ever figure it out.  This is clearly a half-assed venture. Feel free to list your three stars in the comments and I’ll do my best to aggregate them into a list.

Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers (5-2)

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

Pavel Buchnevich- Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello

JT Miller-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast

Brandon Pirri-Oscar Lindberg-Michael Grabner

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei-Nick Holden

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Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls… UPDATED

The Undertaker.  It seems fitting that what feels like the second obituary of this young blog is about the Undertaker.  As the final hours tick down on his time with the Rangers, either to be claimed on waivers or demoted to the Wolf Pack (we will find out at noon which one it is), I just want to reflect on his time in our collective conscious. Continue reading “Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls… UPDATED”

Rangers-Bruins in Review

  1. James G came pretty close to calling it. First shot for the Bruins goes in, except Marchand assisted on it, rather than scored it himself.
  2. Bad pass by Holden, communication issues between Holden and McDonagh, Pastrnak slips behind, Marchand finds him, 1-0. Uncontested. After watching it on replay, McDonagh floated to nowhere after the Holden turnover. Just both guys making a series of bad plays.
  3. This was just the first of many turnovers by the defense. They all really struggled with their passing and puck control, in my opinion, especially the Captain. They improved a bit as the game progressed, obviously, but still entirely too many unforced turnovers.
  4. JT Miller really showed his wheels in the first period, getting two breakaways. First he tries to go backhand shelf and just can’t get it high enough. Then he tries to bring it back forehand and gets stopped. He was the only Ranger who skated in the entire first period. He had a several other glorious scoring chances, especially in the third period from Kevin Klein and then later from Kevin Hayes. McIntyre was brilliant in stopping each one.
  5. McIntyre, the University North Dakota alum, was generally brilliant throughout this game. He got tricked on the Hayes and Pirri goals, but otherwise it was hard to blame him for anything.  In fact, the score could have been a lot higher.  Also, he’s got that great picture of his grandmother on his helmet. I love the Diet Coke detail.
  6. Execution through the neutral zone and the offensive zone was adysmal. Lots of wish passes, pucks bouncing over sticks, just no consistent pressure. Boston came out trying to stink out the joint to protect their goaltender, and for the first half of the game, they certainly accomplished their goal.
  7. Austin Czarnik, in the lineup in place of the injured David Backes, uses Skjei as a screen, through the legs where it takes a deflection back the other direction. Lundqvist was moving to his right as the shot came in straight after hitting Skjei. Lundqvist got a lot of it, but not enough, as it trickled in, 2-0. It was Czarnik’s first NHL goal. Lundqvist was fighting a bit throughout the game, but managed to come away with only those two goals against.
  8. Second period, the Rangers come out somehow flatter than the first. But Boston lets the Rangers back into the game by taking a series of penalties. The first one drawn by Pirri was definitely France in the Air. The PP improved each time.
  9. Boston got a little sloppy on its kill of the second penalty of the second period (third overall) and the Rangers managed to take advantage. First, Vesey made the heady play to pick out Stepan across the ice in the left point, who found Rick Nash had been abandoned by Torey Krug right near the goal mouth. McIntyre stops Nash’s deflection, but is helpless to watch Nash’s little chip shot skitter across the goal line. 2-1.
  10. Dangerous pass up to Fast by McDonagh. Fast makes a great play on it to chip it around the Bruins defenseman, all while being incredibly lucky not to be picking his teeth up from the ice after being served up like that by McDonagh. Fast gets it to Hayes, who is allowed by Krejci to go behind the net. Hayes takes advantage of McIntyre’s inexperience and banks it in off of the otherwise fabulous goaltender. 2-2.
  11. Boston continued its parade to the box and after a sequence of too cute short passes that almost resulted in a turnover, the puck ended up in the far corner. Miller makes a pass from behind the goal, diagonally through the Boston PK unit and found Brandon Pirri at the top of the right circle. What a release that guy has. 3-2. Easy to see how he ends up with Cy Yonug seasons.
  12. Third period, Colin Miller turns it over to Hayes at the Rangers blue line. Woof. Hayes skates around with it a bit, almost turning it over in the offensive zone, before retreating to the neutral zone.  The Hayes sends the puck in deep, rimming it around the boards where it comes too Liles in the corner.  He gets pressured from Pirri and sends it around behind to Colin Miller, who can’t handle it. Woof. JT Miller is there to pick up the giveaway and feeds Staal in the slot, who naturally shoots wide. Meanwhile, Liles left Pirri behind the net to go cover the front of the goal. Staal’s wide shot take a fortuitous bounce to Pirri all alone at the goal mouth, 4-2.  The rout was on.
  13. Just after making a brilliant save on JT Miller from Klein that I mentioned earlier, the Bruins come down the ice for a shot on Lundqvist that is stopped. Nash starts to skate up ice with the puck.  Bergeron thinks he sees a pass coming and tries to jump in the lane to intercept, but Nash just carried it up ice himself. Bergeron is now completely out of the play as the Rangers come down 3 on 2. Nash centers to Stepan, who sends it back to Nash, who sends it all the way across to Vesey for the slam dunk, 5-2.  Pastrnak checks Vesey into the boards after the goal, no call.  Good for Vesey for shoving him back.
  14. Carlo stops a puck outside of the offensive zone and can’t play it or it will be offside, possibly intentionally. So he just sits there and stares at it. Woof. Vesey takes it over and feeds Nash streaking through the slot.  Nash is then tackled by Carlo and the net comes off when they both slide into the goal. How was that not a penalty shot for Rick Nash?
  15. That Boston defense is mighty slow. Once the Rangers started to get through the neutral zone, they really exposed the Boston lack of speed.
  16. Girardi gets clobbered in the face by Pastrnak. Two minutes for check to the head. During intermission, Milbury says it was a clean hit.  Honestly, how does he fit his suit over the Bruins jersey? And of course, NHL Department of Limiting Liability won’t do anything about this because Girardi came back OK from the quiet room. A hit like that being excused with two minutes is all the proof I need to know Scott Stevens still would have been an absolute force in the NHL, even under today’s rules.
  17. The MSG crowd’s reverent silence was appropriate given the funeral-esque feeling of the day due to Carp’s untimely termination.
  18. I can’t believe how hard it was to blog and watch the game at the same time. Unreal.
  19. I told my wife that I was doing this blog and all she did was laugh. The last time I tried my hand at blogging, it was so boring to her that I used to read it to her when she couldn’t sleep and she was out before I would get through the first paragraph.
  20. I was going to write a bit about the effect of Buchnevich’s return to the roster, but Jooris’ separated shoulder likely will serve as a stay of execution on any roster move.
  21. Thanks again to all of you who have found me and have participated, especially the man himself, Carp. Your participation is what makes this worth it.  And Carp, like I said, I’m just keeping your seat warm until you’re on your feet again.

My Three Rangers Stars:

  1. JT Miller
  2. Kevin Hayes
  3. Rick Nash

Your Three Rangers Stars, unofficially:

  1. Brandon Pirri
  2. Rick Nash
  3. Kevin Hayes