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Rangers-Red Wings in review

Posted By Carp On March 22, 2012 @ 4:43 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 335 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) This would have been more fun if they’d met a month or so ago, when they were both tearing it up. Would have been more of a measuring stick for both teams.

2) Would have been more fun for me, anyway, if the Rangers wore their traditional blue uniforms given how rarely Detroit is in here and how it’s Original Six and all. Not that it wasn’t a fun game to watch. The Rangers got caught up in a track meet for a while there, and that was the Red Wings’ doing more than the Rangers’. And, perhaps surprisingly, the Rangers showed a fair amount of skill during those moments. Though they need to hit the net a bit more. [2]

3) How about the play Ryan Callahan made on the short-handed rush, where he made the belly-slide and knocked the puck loose, and the Rangers turned it up ice for a power-play chance? And how about the all-in sliding blocked shot? And of course he gets the goal to win it on his birthday. Kid is some kind of captain, isn’t he? Seriously, he is universally admired on this team, and he leads it.

4) How about the octopus being tossed onto the Garden ice? Wow. Never thought you’d see that, right? Peter Botte of the New York Daily News tweeted that when the Rangers score somebody should throw calamari on the ice, and asked if that would be Squid Pro Quo.

5) Henrik Lundqvist, who was pretty fabulous again, now has two power-play assists on Brad Richards coast-to-coast goals. I though it was interesting to hear John Tortorella talk about how the Wings took away Marian Gaborik on the power play, and that opened things up for Richards. I also thought, very seriously, that the PP looked really good all night—even if the PPG wasn’t one you draw up. I think they’re using more of an umbrella setup now, with Richards more toward the half boards. Don’t know if that’s a matter of taking what’s given, or if they’re trying something new.

[3]6) And of course the Little Italian Kid from Norway has a lot to do with the way they move the puck now.

7) The Red Wings were missing some all-stars, including a Hall of Famer, but still showed why that’s a special team, a special organization … and has been since (ahem) 1993-94, when as the No. 1 seed in the West they got shocked by upstart San Jose in the first round. That No. 13 guy, he’s going to be pretty good someday.

8) As I wrote in my column today, I always think back to the back-to-back 8-2 and 6-0 losses the Red Wings handed the Rangers at the end of the 1999-2000 season, which directly and immediately led to the firings of feuding GM Neil Smith and coach John Muckler, and installed assistant John Tortorella as interim head coach. Which led to the start of the Glen Sather regime in June, and one of his first moves—giving Tortorella his walking papers. [4]

9) If Brad Richards keeps playing this way, and if Brandon Dubinsky continues to come around, and then you add the way Mats Zuccarello and even Tim Erixon have fit in, the Rangers are sure going to look a lot deeper and more balanced and dangerous come playoff time.

10) A few guys had some bad cough-ups because of the way the Wings get on you, or because, maybe, of the ice. But I thought they all bounced back—especially Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky. I liked what all three did in the offensive zone most of the night.

11) Is it just me, or does anybody else wonder how Philly has had the season it has had, and lost all five to the NYR, and was just five points back before last night?

12) Abdelkader. I just wanted to say that.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan Callahan.
2) Henrik Lundqvist.
3) Brad Richards.
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Yev Kessem’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan Callahan.

2) Brad Richards.
3) Brandon Dubinsky.
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AP photos, above.

One more thing. We’re planning on doing another one of those crazy Live Chats Friday at noon. Can probably go an hour, maybe a little more, before heading to MSG to see the Buffalo Baby Buffaloes. Be there. Or else.

 

 


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