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Tonight’s breakdown is courtesy of myself and The Suit. All in all, the Rangers outplayed the Maple Leafs for most of the contest, but a few defensive miscues and a subpar power play prevented the Rangers from running away with the win early in the contest. Instead they had to battle it out for the W in the third period.
On to the goals…
Leafs 1, Rangers 0
This goal was just a mess all around for the Rangers. First, Ryan McDonagh coughs up the puck thanks to a forecheck by Mikhail Grabovski. John Michael-Liles picked up the loose puck, and both McDonagh and Dan Girardi move up to block a shot attempt by Liles. Grabovski, who forced the turnover at the top of the circle, was left wide open on the other side of the net, right in front of Henrik Lundqvist. Grabovski just had to out wait the isolated Lundqvist, which isn’t hard for the skilled forward in that position. Just bad communication between McD and G.
Leafs 2, Rangers 0
The Rangers, showing more rust, took a bad too many men penalty. This time around, the Leafs worked the puck to the point to Liles, and Staal drifted way too far up, all the way to the face off dot. This left Michael Del Zotto alone in front to cover two Leafs. When the shot got through, MDZ couldn’t cover both, and the newly acquired James van Riemsdyk put the puck into the empty net. Many will put this on MDZ, but Staal drifted way too high on his coverage and Derek Stepan didn’t finish a check along the boards.
Rangers 1, Leafs 2
Staal started this with a nice outlet pass to Rick Nash on the breakout. Nash does what Nash does best, which is drive to the middle and create chances. Nash’s pass to Marian Gaborik deflects back to him, and Nash puts the puck on net. James Reimer makes the initial save, and the second save on Gaborik. But Bozak doesn’t pick up the trailer in Brad Richards, who puts the puck into the empty net. It’s amazing to watch how much Nash draws coverage. He’s going to get a lot of ghost assists this year.
Rangers 2, Leafs 2
This one was a beauty. Richie wins a board battle and makes a long diagonal breakout pass to Gabby on the weakside of the ice. Gabby feeds MDZ on the rush, who then feeds Staal for the put home. Great tic-tac-toe play. As an aggressive minded coach, Torts wants his defensemen joining the rush. This is a by-product of what happens when those rushes are actually executed.
Rangers 3, Leafs 2
This goal was the Rangers bread and butter from 2012. Nash caused a turnover on the forecheck. Eventually the Rangers win possession and kick the up boards to Staal. Marc then rips one from the point, which Gaborik tipped in for the GWG. Again, this was yet another display of what made the Rangers successful in 2012. In other words, please spare us the “Torts system is stifling” garbage.
Rangers 4, Leafs 2
The play started with another great forecheck by Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt in the Maple Leafs endzone. The puck gets worked up to MDZ at the point, who throws one off of Boyle’s ass and in. Good things happen when you forecheck and crash the net. Jerry Dineen (Rangers Video Coordinator) should save this one for the film room.
Rangers 5, Leafs 2
Rick Nash could have scored the empty net, but gave it to Gabby. That’s the story on this goal.
At the end of the second period, Torts was barking at Sully on the bench for reasons unknown. I’m going to make an assumption here and guess that Torts did the same to his players during the intermission. The Rangers came out like a bat out of hell in the third period and “stomped on some pucks.” Hopefully this is the turning of the tide.
BEST OF MAXIM
Per John Shannon, the “newly signed” Jason Arnott did not pass his physical for the Rangers. This will kill any potential deal with the organization, and Arnott will return to the free agent pool. No details have been released about what prevented him from passing the physical. However, Arnott did have knee surgery over the summer, so that may be what killed it.
The Rangers have recalled forward Benn Ferriero from the CT Whale for tonight’s game against Toronto. Ferriero, who was acquired this week from Pittsburgh in exchange for Chad Kolarik, has 92 games of NHL experience –all with San Jose– putting together a line of 14-8-22 with 25 PIMs. Since it is expected that Chris Kreider is going to return to the lineup tonight, this move...
We need to see more celebrating from the Rangers PP unit – and soon
The Rangers need to get their powerplay to at least an acceptable standard and soon – otherwise it threatens to derail a hugely promising season. Already in this young but abbreviated season we’ve seen the Rangers powerplay, despite the addition of an elite talent in Rick Nash, fail to come through in crucial...
#NYR rookie Chris Kreider day to day with a bone chip in his ankle. Had an MRI yesterday. Will be off ice at least for a couple of days. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) January 26, 2013 … a real shame but glad they were able to find the bone chip before putting him back [...]
Even today I'm still in disbelief at the Rangers decision to post their infamous "Girls' Guide to Watching Rangers Hockey." Hearing Rangers will now be forcing female fans to take a Blueshirts knowledge test before allowing them into MSG. Better start studying that guide ladies.
In all seriousness, man you women were pissed yesterday. And I don't blame you...
There’s been a lot of talk about how the Rangers are 1-3-0 to start the season. There’s a lot of panicking because the Rangers have generally looked flat and rusty, and that since this is a shorter season they can’t afford to be losing games like these this. Yes, every game means the same in the standings, but not all games are created equal. It’s like face offs, even if...
The Connecticut Whale won their third straight game last night, finally beating the Springfield Falcons by a score of 3-2. This was the Whale’s third straight win, moving them into second place, behind the Falcons, in the division. Christian Thomas netted another goal, giving him nine on the season. This gives him the highest total among rookies on the Whale, and the third highest...
from the New York Post,
The Rangers — who posted an article on their website yesterday many viewed as sexist — quickly yanked the story less than an hour later after a flood of negative comments.
The posting, which appeared in slideshow form, was entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” and gave words of advice to female fans on how to watch a hockey game...
Via Darren Dreger, the Rangers have agreed to terms with veteran center Jason Arnott on a one year deal worth between 1.6-1.7 million. More to come as details become available, but considering the Rangers’ lack of depth at forward and the early season face-off woes, I think this is a great pick up.
TOMORROW’S GAME: The Rangers will begin a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter tomorrow’s contest with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record, following a 2-1 loss against the Flyers on Thursday [...]
Before the Whale went on to win last night’s game 4-1, rookie J.T. Miller was named to the AHL All Star Team. Miller will be the Whale’s lone representative, replacing Chad Kolarik, who was traded this week for Benn Ferriero.
Miller struggled out of the gate with the Whale, but has been much stronger since returning from the USA’s gold medal winning World Junior Championship...
The New York Rangers had Stanley Cup aspirations even before acquiring Rick Nash prior to the lockout.
Despite their star power, they've yet to prove they're capable of living up to the lofty expectations.
New York looks to get on track Saturday night by avoiding a third straight home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have earned both of their victories on the road....
Just when you thought the “While The Men Watch” controversy was over, it turns out it’s not.
On their official fan blog entitled “Blueshirts United,” the New York Rangers published an article entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” (Note: Rangers have removed the posting). Its purpose was to help new female hockey fans learn about the team and sport...
This is what the New York Rangers will try to do tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.
At 1-3 through four games, it is easy to see that the Blueshirts have not found the things that made them so successful last season on a consistent basis. In fact, there have only been glimpses of the team's tight defense, great goaltending from Henrik...