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Something that was very obvious during yesterday’s loss was that the Rangers defense had a lot of trouble matching up and shutting down the Bruins forwards. Prior to the series, coach John Tortorella swapped his defense pairings to prepare for a much deeper Bruins club. In doing so, he split up Dan Girardi/Ryan McDonagh, and put Girardi with Michael Del Zotto.
Let’s be clear about one thing, Del Zotto is a top-four defenseman in this league. He’s a top-50 guy, which puts him in the upper echelon of second pairing defensemen. He’s not perfect, he’s not going to do well against the top scorers in the league, but he will be able to hold his own. That said, the pairing of Del Zotto/Girardi has never worked. It didn’t work two years ago, it didn’t work last year, it won’t work this year.
Neither defenseman is perfect, and both have flaws that can be easily exploited by smart teams. We saw this last night. Girardi was on the ice for all five goals, and MDZ for four. We can spend all day pointing out how the Bruins did it, but that isn’t the point of this post.
Marc Staal’s absence leaves a gaping hole that the Rangers are not able to fill. Staal’s presence in the lineup gives the Rangers four top-four defensemen, five if you count Anton Stralman as a bottom-tier second pairing (or top-tier third pairing). More importantly, it makes a possible Girardi-MDZ pairing unlikely to occur.
The fact here is that the Rangers aren’t properly equipped to deal with a deep Bruins club on the blue line while Staal is out of the lineup. It’s not that the replacement (Steve Eminger) is playing poorly (he’s not), it’s that he’s not Marc Staal. The Rangers are a rare team that has three top-pairing defensemen, and has relied on them heavily. Take one out of the lineup, and they have trouble matching up on deeper teams.
There are many problems facing this club at the moment, but the biggest one is the absence of the only Staal not in the Carolina organization. It’s created one giant matchup problem for the Rangers, one that simply can’t be fixed until he returns. Of course, it would be nice if we stopped seeing that Girardi/MDZ pairing while Staal’s out. Just my two cents.
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Per Andrew Gross, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are back together as a pairing on defense. After an abysmal Game Two with Michael Del Zotto, Girardi will be reunited with McDonagh to form that top shutdown pair the Rangers split up after the Washington series. Del Zotto will be with Anton Stralman, and the John Moore-Steve Eminger pair remains the same.
The change is likely two-fold...
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had just given up five goals to the Bruins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, as he quietly removed his goalie equipment in the New York dressing room.
The goalie gingerly slid his Rangers jacket on, with a painful grimace on his face as he did so before answering questions from the media. As he answered the questions, he grabbed...
Powe and Staal skating at this AMs #NYR optional at MSG
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) May 21, 2013
The two also did bag skates with the taxi players after practice, but neither will play in Game 3 tonight. Ryane Clowe did not skate, so the line-up will remain the same as Game 2.
Here's Powe on his recovery from his second concussion this season (via Bergen Record...
If the last two years were any indication, you would think the Bruins are the ones struggling on the power play in the playoffs. Instead, it’s the Rangers who are feeling the heat on the man advantage.
Maybe it’s that the Bruins have a very good penalty-kill unit. Maybe it’s that Rick Nash hasn’t gotten going yet. Maybe it’s just that sometimes, power-play struggles in...
Today the Rangers look to avoid going back to MSG down 2-0. In game 1 the Blueshirts stayed with the Bruins until OT where they were out-shot 16-5, half of which was on that one power play. Although it wasn’t a great game by any means, I thought the Bruins looked very beatable. Sure they have depth and an ability to roll four lines, but at no point did I feel like any of their...
Bergen Record - Rangers fall to Bruins, 5-2, drop first two games of series
Bergen Record - Dan Girardi has rough night on defense for Rangers
New York Post - Blueshirts again in 2-0 hole after B’s wax Lundqvist
New York Post - Nash finally shows off some playoff flash
Daily News - Rangers dig another hole for themselves against Bruins
Daily News - Nash nets...
Rangers coach John Tortorella (courtesy of meetthematts.com)
When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies to watch with my dad was “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. In the movie, Nicholson spouts off many classic lines, but one in particular fits the situation going on between John Tortorella and whoever else he decides to put in the news; “What...
Dan Rosen at NHL.com reports that Henrik Lundqvist said he experienced some discomfort in his left shoulder after making a save on Daniel Paille with 4:52 remaining in the third period during yesterday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 2.
"It's my shoulder, we'll see. We'll take a look at it."
...well that's not exactly what I wanted to hear this...
Darren Dreger at TSN made some waves on the radio today when he said this about John Tortorella's future with the Rangers should his team be eliminated quickly by the Bruins...
"If the New York Rangers were to be eliminated in short order by the Boston Bruins, is there a chance John Tortorella is replaced? Yes there is a chance, absolutely. No question about it. Glen...
With a game two victory in hand, the Boston Bruins were content to just let the clock run out but the New York Rangers wanted to send a message. Rangers forward Derek Dorsett was a pest all game, and finally found a dance partner in Gregory Campbell. Campbell is a tough customer but not nearly the same quality fighter that Dorsett is. I give Campbell credit for dropping the...
John Tortorella post-game today after losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 and going down in the series 0-2.
Tortorella felt the goal early in the 3rd period by Brad Marchand is one they cannot afford to give up. The goal put the Bruins up 4-2 and can be viewed below... Continue reading "Tortorella- “We Need To Go Win A Game”"
TODAY’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins today at TD Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 1-0, following a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday at TD Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-230-8 [...]
Unheralded Boston Bruin's defensman Torey Krug made an amazing between-the-legs play to top Rick Nash and the Rangers just 47 days before his wedding.
The New York Rangers visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up starting at 7:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the series 1-0. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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The best thing we can say about the ugly game we just witnessed is that it's over. Going back to New York down 2-0 in the series is not shocking or even completely unacceptable. What is shocking and unacceptable is how the Rangers, a few select players notwithstanding, completely failed to show up in an absolutely crucial game. The Bruins are a very good team, but the Rangers...