Sunday was a pretty bad day for New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects with the exception of Michael St. Croix and his Edmonton Oil Kings. If you want to call them "statement" games on Sunday then it would be really hard to argue with you over it.
In Edmonton, even those who picked the Edmonton Oil Kings to defeat the Moose Jaw Warriors could not have thought it would've been this easy. In game two of the WHL's Eastern Conference Finals, Edmonton was struggling during the first half of the game and really did not look all that good but still came away with a 6-1 win and a 2-0 series lead heading to Moose Jaw.
Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) and his Moose Jaw Warrior threw everything they could at Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit firing 49 shots on goal but could only get 1 passed Brossolt. Moose Jaw for most of the first two periods was actually in control of this game with the exception of the scoreboard and Brossolt. In the second period alone, the Warriors out shot the Oil Kings 24-11 but could only manage a single goal while the Oil Kings despite being outplayed were still leading at the time 2-0.
Even more frustrating for Moose Jaw had to be that almost as soon is they had scored then Edmonton came right back and scored again themselves. Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) set up Martin Gernat for a power-play goal at 14:35 of the second giving Edmonton a 3-1 lead (watch the highlights as St. Croix made a sweet pass).
After Edmonton scored their third goal, you could see the frustration in Moose Jaw starting to boil over but at the same time one has to admire the killer instinct that Edmonton has. Here are the highlights courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet
It is a lesson the Rangers could very well use as once Edmonton has a team on the ropes they go for the kill. On Sunday it was three more goals in the third period not giving Moose Jaw any hope of coming back.
Edmonton has now won 10 straight playoff games as well as 21 straight overall, dating back to the regular season. Now the scene shifts to Moose Jaw where the Warriors have played quite well. The most important thing that Moose Jaw has to do is remain focused and stop giving Edmonton power plays.
What's really scary is that Edmonton has been winning quite convincingly while not getting much of a contribution out of Michael St. Croix. St. Croix is just 3-6-9 in the 10 playoff games but really has not been much of a factor.
Dylan McIlrath for the second game in a row wound up taking a 10 minute unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct. In two games, McIlrath has tripled the number of his PIMs during the playoffs and he's got to stop because he needs to be a team leader and you can't lead from the locker room.
The series resumes in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night with game three.
In the OHL, the Niagara IceDogs found themselves getting bit by the Ottawa 67's as they dropped game 2 to the 67's by a score of 7-4. Give the credit to the 67's as they jumped out to a 4-0 in the first period, scoring four times in just 6:39. The highlights are right here courtesy of TvCogecoOntario
Niagara was able to get back 1 before the end of the first period to make it 4-1. Niagara came out flying in the 2nd period by scoring 2 power play goals 1:49 apart to pull within 1 but Ottawa got those goals right back grabbing a 6-3 lead after 2 periods.
In the 3rd period the teams traded goals to get the final score but the series is now tied 1-1 and for moment, Ottawa has stolen home ice from the IceDogs.
The Islander duo of Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) and Mitchell Theoret each had a pair of secondary assists in the loss.
The biggest difference in Game 2 was that Ottawa cashed in 3 of 5 power plays while Niagara was 2 of 6. The IceDogs are normally better on their penalty kill so it will bean area to watch closely. Game 3 will be Monday night in Ottawa.
When Chris Neil took out Brian Boyle with a questionable hit on Saturday night, he took out the Rangers most effective forward. He took out their leading scorer, top defensive forward, and top penalty killer in this series. He took out the only player that has managed to get under the skin of the Senators. It’s a big blow to the Rangers, and not a player easily replaced. The best...
In what is no surprise to pretty much anyone, Ryan Callahan was not included as a finalist for the Selke Trophy for the NHL’s top defensive forward. The finalists are St. Louis’ David Backes, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the award three of the past four years.
Backes finished the season with a line of 20-34-54 while starting just 46...
Last night late in the third period Michael Del Zotto caught Chris Neil with his head down behind the net......hope Del Zotto told Neil "that was for Boyle" after destroying him with that devastating hit....normally not a fan of a player getting injured, but I had a big ole smile on my face watching Neil lay there on the ice after being dropped like a sack of potatoes.And...
During his post practice press conference today John Tortorella reported that Brian Boyle did not make the trip to Ottawa......not a surprise. Never a good idea to put a guy with a concussion on an airplane. Just ask the Mets.Steve Zipay at Newsday has this quote from Ryan Callahan this morning..."We've got to win this game. We don't want this season to end. If we play...
Being that the New York Rangers were shutout 2-0 tonight by Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators in Game 5, that could be the understatement of the season.
The Rangers did a much better job tonight of getting pucks on net and crashing for rebounds but Anderson turned away all 41 shots that were thrown at him for his second career shutout. The Rangers are now just one loss away...
Henrik Lundqvist was upset with the controversial late goal by the Senators last night and spoke about it post-game.
I don’t know about you, but my feelings are the Rangers won the game, brush the goal off and move on.
Instead, Lundqvist went in the opposite direction.
One of my closest friends won’t ever let me forget how I (and two others) banned her from a Hartford Wolfpack playoff game in 2000. It was a deciding Game 5 in the first round, and we told Terry she wasn’t allowed to go to the game. You see, the Pack had yet to win [...]
Matt Moulson was named as a finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Award, along with Florida’s Brian Campbell and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle.
Moulson has already won two team awards this year. He received the Islanders Community Service Award for his work within the Long Island community and the Islanders Good Guy Award for his professionalism, courtesy and cooperation with the media...
Games 2 through 5 we watched as Chris Neil dominated the Rangers physically without a care in the world as John Tortorella inexplicably stapled Michael Rupp and Stu Bickel to the bench.Well Brandon Prust finally had enough and could have changed the course of the series by doing this with the Rangers down 1-0 in the first period...
...i don't care that Prust lost...
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The Ottawa Senators had a chance to put away the series on home ice against the top-seed in the Eastern Conference, but the New York Rangers brought their best on the road, picking up a 3-2 victory and forcing a do-or-die game seven.
While the New York Rangers emerged victorious, it took a wild second period momentum shift to propel...
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With under a minute left in Game 6 of the New York Rangers- Ottawa Senators playoff series, Senators’ forward Chris Neil scored a goal, making it 3-2 Rangers while bringing the Senators within one goal. However, after a few replays, it apparently seemed as though Neil had illegally kicked the puck into a net, an illegal play which would have nullified...
Update, 10:44 a.m.:#SNPlayoffs. #Sens Neil will not face any supplemental discipline for his hit on #Rangers Brian Boyle and will be in the line up for game 6— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 22, 2012
...apparently the NHL not only favors star players when it comes to suspensions (see Shea Weber), it now includes players from Canadian teams. NHL once again bowing to pressure from...
Game 7 at the Garden. It’s not necessarily what the top-seeded Rangers were hoping for when their first-round Eastern Conference series against Ottawa started, but they’re thrilled about it now. Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal and Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists as New York staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory against the Senators on Monday night. The series...
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