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Rangers-Devils Game 2 in review

Posted By Carp On May 17, 2012 @ 2:49 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL,Stanley Cup playoffs | 173 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) I gotta tell you, I’m really torn on the whole sitting Marian Gaborik thing. He was ineffective on the wall, pushed off the puck a couple of times in front, failed to clear and did the unforgiveable flamingo on the game-tying goal, on a team that sacrifices everything all the time. That said, sitting him, down by a goal, for a power play in the third period, then sitting him at the end with the goalie pulled, smells like Mike Keenan sitting Brian Leetch in Game 4 of the ECF in ‘94. John Tortorella has said that playoffs are not time for sending messages, yet he sent a message while his team needed a goal. Again, I’m torn on this. Nobody is above the team or the commitment. I understand that totally. But maybe the point could have been made verbally between periods? [2]

2) This whole shot-blocking issue being made by people who don’t like how the Rangers play, or who didn’t like the Washington-Rangers series, is really beyond stupid. It reeks of people who don’t know what the hell they’re watching. And to even suggest that shot-blocking could be removed from the game is beyond moronic. Go watch another sport.

3) Who would figure that the Rangers have twice scored two PPGs in a game (Game 4 vs. Ottawa) and lost. How does that happen?

4) Speaking of Gaborik … Ilya Kovalchuk was very, very dangerous with the puck, but he also coughed it up a bunch of times and was a nightmare away from it.

[3]5) The rests of the Devils forwards were much better in Game 2, though. This is going to be a very difficult series for ya boys. But then, that’s what they expected. And they don’t mind playing difficult series or difficult games.

6) The kid, Chris Kreider, had another big game. The post, the goal, bunch of chances, some hits. He made one bad play, when Kovalchuk got in behind him and Henrik Lundqvist made that glove save that had Kovalchuk shaking his head. Kreider knew it, though. Put it right in the memory bank, I imagine. Good that he didn’t get burned by it this time.

7) The ice was woeful, even by World’s Most Famous Arena standards, and how about that whole scene when the penalty box door wouldn’t open? Why they didn’t just put Travis Zajac in the other box immediately and worry later about what would happen if a Ranger took a penalty during Zajac’s two minutes, is beyond me. How about some thought, Mr. Officials?

8) Gotta tell you, the more people ask stupid questions, the less I mind Tortorella being curt during his pressers. I expected him to be short last night after some of the crap he endured after Game 1. I still think he’s being a jackwagon sometimes, though. Like, why not answer a couple of questions after a tough loss? What about that accountability? What about being a professional? [4]

9) I’m really having trouble picking out forwards who played well in this game. Carl Hagelin was good in spots. Kreider, obviously. I didn’t think Brad Richards or Gaborik did much. Callahan did his usual bashing, but I’ve seen him play better. Derek Stepan, too.

10) Martin Brodeur played well again, but certainly not unbeatable. Kreider beat him and hit the post, Ryan McDonagh beat him on the Matteau/Graves wrap-around and hit the post. There were some rebounds. He knocked one into his own net. The Rangers have to find more pressure on him.

[5]11) Told ya. I thought this series would be 1-1 after two. And I expect it will be 2-2 after four. And I don’t necessarily think the winner of Game 5 will win the series, but it will sure be a gigantic opportunity. How’s that for top-notch analysis? Getting way ahead of ourselves, though.

12) Boy oh boy do some of you show that you don’t even have a remedial understanding of what you’re watching when they lose.

13) Special thanks for NBC for this unnecessary two-day break. Guess with all the travel the teams need an extra day.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Chris Kreider.
2) Ryan McDonagh.
3) Marc Staal.
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Mitch Beck’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Chris Kreider, “Monster-worthy” game.

2) Marc Staal, solid defense and a bounce goal.
3) Artem Anisimov, created and assist on Kreider’s goal.
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Alec Berg’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Kid Chris Kreider.
2) Henrik Lundqvist.
3) Marc Staal (for the hit on Clarkson).
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Josh (age 26) Thomson’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Chris Kreider.
2) Ryan McDonagh.
3) Henrik Lundqvist.
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AP photos, above.

 

 


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