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Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

Posted By Carp On March 25, 2012 @ 4:09 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 260 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) They still have a bunch of stuff to clean up, and still plenty of time to do it. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. But I have this feeling, and it’s just a feeling based on what I’ve seen from this team, and what I’ve seen happen to good teams over the years, that once the page turns to April 11, the 101-point Rangers are going to get a new start and it’s going to help them mentally. I think, even though it’s been mostly a sensational year, that the year has gotten long, and when that happens, maybe you need to move onto the next challenge. Maybe?

2) The out-of-town scoreboard was probably as good a watch as Rangers-Leaves.

3) If you ever need a reminder of how good you have it with Martin Biron, look what the Penguins’ backup did last night in Ottawa.

4) And, as bad as the Rangers power play has been this year, at times their penalty kill has been that good. Last night it was that good.

[2]5) Brad Richards. That play he made on the third goal, that little spin to get his skates onside while getting the puck onto his stick, and then the saucer pass to Marian Gaborik, were about as good a play as you can see. And he has the very clutch goal in the BCATHGE (breakaway contest after the hockey game ends). But, man, he sure gave some back in this game, too.

6) That goal 18 seconds after Gaborik made it 3-2 was pretty much everybody’s fault. I know the Rangers want to be aggressive in all three zones, in pursuing the puck. But I don’t know if Tim Erixon running at the forward with the puck and sliding completely out of the play is the way they want their D-men to play that, and surely Richards and Gaborik need to be better coming back. And, because I really don’t want to coach, I won’t say that they should have gone right to a checking line after going ahead, but most times you do, or at least you make a player change, after a goal.

7) Like Richards and Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky also had a give-and-take game. But you have to be a little bit encouraged that he’s getting some scoring chances lately, and that he’s burying one now and then.

8) Back to Richards, I was surprised that he was still in the BCATHGE lineup. But he finally made it pay off. [3]

9) And since we’re talking about that awful way to decide a hockey game, and maybe playoff positioning, and probably ultimately jobs—how about the Captain and not only the deciding goal he scored again, but also the way he’s played lately. And I’m pretty certain he can’t possibly be 100 percent on that bad foot.

10) I didn’t think the Penguins would ever, ever, ever lose again in our lifetimes. And I’m sure the Penguins would think it quite an accomplishment to overtake the Rangers to win the Patrick Division and the Prince of Wales Conference, and would love to have that. But I’d bet you it won’t matter a bit, not even a little, to the Penguins if they finish seeded fourth instead of first. And that’s how the Rangers should look at it.

11) And while the Pens have that game in hand, the Rangers have control of the first tiebreaker (regulation/OT wins; 43-37), so Pitt needs to finish better than the Rangers, not just tied. That’s the equivalent of an extra point for the Rangers in the standings.

12) I know they didn’t get it done in the OT this time, but ya boys are really good during the 4-on-4, a situation that requires both aggressiveness and patience at the same time … patience because there’s so much room that you tend to hold onto the puck a little longer and make a play.

13) I just found out last night that my cousin-in-law’s father-in-law is Chris Kreider’s coach at B.C. Honest to God.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan Callahan.
2) Ryan McDonagh.
3) Marian Gaborik.
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Spiderpig’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Marian Gaborik.
2) Brad Richards.
3) Derek Stepan.
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AP photos, above.

 


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