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Rangers-Devils in review

Posted By Carp On March 20, 2012 @ 4:36 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 186 Comments

[1]Thoughts:

1) I have maintained that the synchronized fights are kind of silly and stupid, and most of the time they are. So I guess I’m a hypocrite and an imbecile … though I have also said that it’s different in a big rivalry game, and it’s different when there’s a score to settle. But, whatever, I think this staged line brawl had a major impact on the game, on the crowd. And I kinda really enjoyed it, too.

2) Especially the part where they moved Stu Bickel to center and he was credited with a faceoff won.

3) And, seriously, Pete DeBoer was right. John Tortorella pulled the same crap in Newark. How about Torts saying he didn’t make any remarks toward DeBoer before or after the line brawl? Haha. And they’ve had staged fights to start three of their games this year, and there was a bunch of bad blood from the Kelly Clarkson-Brandon Dubinsky stuff and the Officer Joe Boulton-Mike Rupp slash and Ryan Carter-Dubinsky, and Cam Janssen-Rupp, and John Scott-Janssen, plus Boulton goes after Brandon Prust every chance he gets. And somehow Clarkson once again escapes without fighting any of the tough guys. [2]

4) NBC Sports was just awful on the replays. On the reviewed goal, they didn’t even show the actual shot that was reviewed. Missed so much stuff. But they got the closeup of the blood on the ice. Of course, the blood wasn’t moving.

5) Dubinsky has played two good ones in a row, folks. Maybe? This time? Maybe? Let’s wait and see.

6) On the Patrik Elias goal, another bad play by Marc Staal, and a bad play by Henrik Lundqvist, who lost his stick, tried to pick it up, and lost his post.

7)  The Sykora goal was worse. But the Dan Girardi goal against Martin Brodeur, a floater that might have gone wide, was worse still.

[3]8) By the way, if Tortorella was so ticked off in the lockerroom when he saw the Devils’ starters—Lundqvist and a few others indicated he was—and he chose to not use John Scott (and I agree with that non-move), then it’s goodbye to Mr. Scott, right? I mean, he probably plays April 3 vs. Philly, and maybe if they rest a guy or two in the final week. But that’s it.

9) At one point, future Ranger Zach Parise blocked a Devils shot. I guess he was auditioning for Tortorella.

10) I thought Del Zotto skated pretty well with that bum hip.

11) This was before he scored the huge PPG, maybe a shift or two earlier. The Rangers had dumped the puck in and gone for a change. Mats Zuccarello went deep and rubbed out one of the Devils—not sure if it was Salvador or Volchenkov or Fayne—with a good hard hit. And I thought that he looks like he wants to stay. Maybe beyond this year. Then he scored. Maybe he has to stay this year.

12) These boarding penalties … either call them all, or stop calling them. Geez. It’s horrible. That non-call on Prust … Wonder what would have happened if he broke his neck there? Major and a suspension? But he didn’t break his neck, so no penalty? My God. [4]

13) Speaking of interesting moments in officiating history: Jim Schoenfeld, Lou Lamoriello and Don Koharski were all in the building last night.

14) Bad as the Girardi goal was, Martin Brodeur made some huge saves. I loved Jeremy Roenick’s pre-game analysis, which was spot on, as usual, when asked about Brodeur: “I played against him and he’s really hard to score against.” That’s why you get the big bucks, J.R.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Mike Rupp.
1) Stu Bickel.
1) Brandon Prust.
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John Milewski’s Three Rangers Stars (with commentary):
1) Brandon Dubinsky—big goal, big assist, big hits, big time in a big game.
2) Stu Bickel—tough from the drop of the puck, many great pinches to support the forecheck, solid throughout.
3) Mats Zuccarello—this guy simply creates scoring chances with regularity in limited ice time.
(Honorable Mention—The Captain was very good throughout as well… particularly on that last PK).
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