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Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Posted By Carp On March 2, 2012 @ 4:43 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 261 Comments

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Without arguably their two most valuable players and leaders, the Rangers just chug along. Then they have to come from behind, have guys benched and banged up during the game. Doesn’t matter. No problem.

Thoughts:

1) Martin Biron needed a good game, and let’s be honest, the Rangers needed him to be good in this game. He made big saves. Yes he did. Including the two before the gigantic Artem Anisimov goal. [2]

2) Anisimov was good most of the game, really he was. But he still tries to force those “wish” passes instead of shooting the puck sometimes. That’s why he’s got only 12 goals playing on the No. 1 line with two great passers. I mean, did you see the rocket he launched for the goal? Geez, kid, shoot it.

3) Obviously, Brad Richards-Carl Hagelin missed Callahan. But Ruslan Fedotenko looked awful there early on. Then considering that line was bad, the fourth line was the two giants, and Dubinsky was being doghoused off the third line, I kind of figured the first line might have to win this game.

4) And seconds after I though that—and just after Anisimov turned down a chance to shoot to try to thread a pass to Marian Gaborik—they made that great length-of-the-ice play to tie the game. Yes, it started with two good stops by Biron, but also two plays by Stepan, one behind the net, one at center ice, to spring Gaborik and Anisimov.

[3]5) Then they did it again. Gaborik now with 30. Wonder if he will get to 40 this year.

6) The Gaborik goal came with a big assist from Stu Bickel, who had to play the whole game this time with Michael Del Zotto knocked out of the game. Man, this team is really big. Bigger than it’s been in a long time, and maybe the biggest team in the NHL, even when John Scott doesn’t play. And I’m not sure how much Scott’s going to be able to play, barring injuries, because of how he skates, because of how unfamiliar he is with the system, and because there are so few practice days left.

7) Brandon Dubinsky. Penalties don’t get much dumber than that. And the coach sure got his point across, even when he could have used Dubinsky on the PK late in the game

8) How about when the figure skater Skinner cheap-shotted  Marc Staal? The Rangers get away with about five or six extra punches by Mike Rupp and Bickel, and no penalties. [4]

9) OK, it’s one thing for Sam to tell us how great the Knicks are, and how great Boomer and Cockroach are. But when he starts selling Fran Healy as great … well, that might be too much of a stretch there, Sam (I kid, I kid).

10) That first period was about as boring as it gets. Tell y ou this, the officials aren’t calling the pansification penalties as much anymore, but they’re also letting legit holds, hooks, slashes and, especially, holding-the-stick, go. One time, it like Hagelin was trying to pull a sword from a stone with a loose puck right in front.

11) How about that 2-on-1 Boyle to Prust? Looked a little like Stepan and Gaborik. Boyle+Prust=Two-headed Monster.

12) Right back at it tonight in Tampa.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Brandon Prust.
2) Brian Boyle.
3) Marian Gaborik.
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Doodie Machetto’s Three Rangers Stars:

1) Derek Stepan.
2) Brian Boyle.
3) Ryan McDonagh.
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AP Photos, above.

(To repeat, if you’d like to pick the Three Rangers Stars for one of the remaining 20 games, email me at rcarpini@lohud.com. We still have some openings.)


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