Found February 19, 2012 on
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The Rangers avoided the dreaded “trap” game tonight, beating the last-place Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime at the Garden. This one had a little bit of everything; beautiful passing plays, some good saves, refereeing controversy and a Rick Nash goal. Let’s get to the bullets…
- What I was looking for in a rebound from the Chicago game was a defensively responsible performance, while getting back to a hard forechecking, physical offensive zone style. The Blueshirts delivered tonight. They played a little tentative offensively, but were tremendous on defense (save for two defensive zone face-offs) and played a physical game, winning battles and creating pressure.
- The forecheck was much better tonight. They forced Columbus to make mistakes in their own end, creating sustained pressure and turnovers.
- Some beautiful passing on Richard’s goal and Stepan’s game winner, :22 seconds into OT. Michael Del Zotto made fantastic passes on both goals.
- Artem Anisimov played one hell of a game, as did Brad Richards.
- For those who missed it, Michael Del Zotto made a tremendous move around a Blue Jacket defender and slid the puck past Steve Mason as the second period came to a close. The MSG jumbo-tron clock had the puck crossing the line with .01 seconds remaining. The referees subsequently waived if off, claiming the “official” clock read 0.00. A picture was shown during the broadcast showing the puck still not across the line with 0.00 on the clock. Goal disallowed.
- Torts can claim it was the right call all he wants, but someone screwed up. How in the world is the NHL’s official time clock not synced to the Garden clock? It’s pure insanity to me that there could be a discrepancy between the two when there is so much on the line. If the Rangers had lost in overtime, they would have been robbed of a point.
- The Rangers carried play for most of the game, out-shooting Columbus 35-23 and giving Hank a relatively easy night.
- Two defensive zone draw losses lead to both Columbus goals.
- The Power Play looked like crap yet again. That 5-on-3 was painful to watch.
- Did I mention how well Del Zotto played?
- The much-maligned Steve Mason played well tonight, excusing some ugly rebounds. I still see a ton of talent in the kid, I just think he needs a change of scenery badly.
- Hank played a solid game, though I have a feeling he might want Nash’s goal back. He didn’t have a ton of heavy lifting to do, save for one beauty on Jeff Carter in the final minutes of the 3rd.
- That makes 8 straight wins following a loss dating back to mid-December.
- Now, I know I’m poking the bear here, but from a purely salary cap standpoint, if you were to think of Nash as a replacement for Gaborik (he would have to be resigned at age 32) does that change the analysis at all? If Nash were a free agent right now, would you advise Sather to give him 6/47 and then save money by letting Gaborik walk in 2014?
- I admit it, I miss Vinny Prospal a little…
Off tomorrow, followed by a tough divisional match-up in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
BEST OF MAXIM
Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash got a taste of the New York media crush during a rare visit to Madison Square Garden.
Whether it's a sign of things to come remains to be seen, but that question will likely be answered within the next week.
Nash is the biggest name in the NHL rumor mill heading toward the Feb. 27 trade deadline. The rugged forward has some say in whether...
While this is a constantly shifting landscape, for now at least the teams in the Eastern Conference who have been the most connected to Rick Nash have all walked away from the Nash sweepstakes...
As has been the case since day 1, the Kings are the leading candidate, and for now the Canucks and Sharks are both in this game still.
Sources tell me the Jackets are looking for...
I recently wrote an article of the Top 10 Players most likely to be traded at the NHL’s trade deadline (February 27th at 3 P.M. EST). I took a bit of ribbing that, at most, three or four of those players on the list would be traded.
Then came the news that the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise player, Rick Nash, was placed on the trading market
So, to those who had some doubt...
Alvin Chang at ESPN Insider reports that while the Rangers are willing to include Brandon Dubinsky in a deal for Rick Nash, young defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto will not be.Larry Brooks at the New York Post believes that Columbus' asking price is Dubinsky, McDonagh or Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and either a first-round pick or another of the Rangers' top prospects...
You will keep hearing about the Rick Nash "list." Today a report is out listing Vancouver, Toronto, NYR, Detroit, and San Jose.
Remembering I simply report on rumors, and not including myself, NHL insiders from TSN, Sportsnet, ESPN, and elsewhere have reported Philly, LA, Montreal, Chicago and Boston as having had serious talks for Rick Nash. How can this be if those...
First the Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from Dallas. Then the club added defenseman Pavel Kubina from Tampa Bay.Now is Philly going to do something really big, like land Columbus power forward Rick Nash? Or will the Flyers focus on getting better in goal, given Ilya Bryzgalov’s startling failure?Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren met with Blue Jackets...
We'll keep this Western Conference based unless people really want to discuss Philly picking up defencemen.
The first domino falls to Nashville
D Hal Gill
Conditional 5th-Round Pick (2013)
F Blake Geoffrion
F Robert Slaney
2nd-Round Pick (2012
The USS Hal Gill is best at the penalty kill and a sturdy, if aging, piece to add to Nashville's blueline. He...
Standings: Blue Jackets (17-35-6), Rangers (37-14-5)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (27-22-49)
CBJ Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (18-21-39)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (41 GS, 1.77 GAA, .941 SV%)
CBJ Goaltender: Steve Mason (31 GS, 3.47 GAA, .885 SV%)
(note: yes, you did read those Mason statistics correctly.)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian...