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Rangers-Senators Game 2 in review

Posted By Carp On April 15, 2012 @ 4:02 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 349 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) Matt Carkner won’t be suspended, but how do the officials allow a guy to just jump somebody and throw that many punches and get away with it. I know, the NHL’s belief is that the five-minute power play is more than enough punishment. Ridiculous. But he does have a disciplinary hearing today. If only the Rangers had a power play and had scored a couple during that five minutes.

[2]2) I applauded Todd Bertuzzi’s frontier justice the night before, so I’m not going to complain about Carkner … I mean, if I were a coach and a big grinder from the other team punched out my best player, I’d react that way, I think. Incidentally, Carkner is the guy who ended Derek Boogaard’s season last year, right?

3) That said, there’s a way to do it. Carkner could have cost his team big-time, and he not only didn’t cost them, but the Senators benefited from the Rangers’ all-for-one attitude when Brandon Dubinsky jumped in and got ejected. I can’t wait to see how Dubinsky plays Game 3.

4) Maybe Ottawa will find out what most of the East’s big boys already know, that the Rangers love games like this, and thrive in games like this. On the other hand, maybe we found out a little bit about Ottawa’s ability to push back, which, frankly, I doubted after Game 1.

5) And if the Senators need a rallying cry, the Carl Hagelin elbow on countryman Daniel Alfredsson could be it. Wojtek Wolski and Hagelin have now concussed Alfredsson (though it hasn’t been said that he has another one). I imagine Hagelin, who also has a hearing today, will be getting one of those Shanahan-special $2,500 couch-cushion-change fines. [3]

6) But, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a game or two off because Alfredsson was injured—which should never, ever, ever, factor into the equation, but unfortunately, in the upside-down world of inane NHL justice, does. The Rangers are arguing that the Chris Phillips elbow on Ryan Callahan was just as bad. (In case you missed it late last night, Callahan is fine after taking a shot off the collarbone, and Ryan McDonagh is OK after getting hit in the onions on the tying goal).

7) Too bad Boyle’s goal wasn’t a winner. That would have been a cool story to write. Would have been a cool win for Tony from AZ, who remains in our thoughts and prayers.

8) Ottawa is obviously targeting Brad Richards, too, because I think they think he’ll react. And Zenon Konopka got a few extra shots on Richards—unpenalized—during a third-period scrum. Interesting that Konopka and Chris Neil ended up being in on the tying and winning goals.

9) Henrik Lundqvist was pretty special again until his defense failed him around the goalmouth late.

[4]10) That’s six straight OT losses for the Rangers in the postseason.

11) Katie Strang of ESPN-NY, in trying to describe the Brandon Prust takedown of Erik Karlsson in the corner—which really wasn’t a penalty, and wasn’t called a penalty (see photo)—said it was “kind of a slew-elbow.”

12) And while I know a lot of youse were nuts about the officiating, and it was bad … they got it right on the two majors and Dubinsky was the third-man in (though we had a game recently, didn’t we, where somebody jumped in and didn’t get the game misconduct; I can’t remember the particulars. Anybody?). But I do think the officials let it get a little bit out of hand, and they had a rough night overall.

13) And there were two weird stoppages. One when Henrik Lundqvist’s mask broke and they stopped play, another when there was a puck lodged on the back of the net from warmups and it came loose when the players were battling for the game puck, which was also on the back of the net. That was pretty weird.

14) Paging Chris Kreider?

15) Who said it would be 1-1 after two? Same person who said Rangers in 5.

16) And I’m not even going to mention the word “momentum.”

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Brian Boyle.
2) Artem Anisimov.
3) Henrik Lundqvist.
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Manny’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Brian Boyle.
2) Henrik Lundqvist.
3) Michael Del Zotto.
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AP photos, above.

 


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