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Rangers-Devils Game 4 in review

Posted By Carp On May 22, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL,Stanley Cup playoffs | 233 Comments

[1]Thoughts:

1) If John Tortorella and Ryan Callahan and company can’t figure out the slow starts and what the coach called “the yips” with the puck, I sure as hell can’t.

2) Too bad for Callahan to have a loss like that on a day when he became a dad. I thought his blind, drop-pass to nobody inside the Rangers blue line, which trapped them for over a minute, was kind of a harbinger of things to come. And, boy, it’s hard to point fingers at that guy. He played a good, rough, Callahan game, but couldn’t get much done, in part because of that hand/finger/wrist/whatever. [2]

3) So we find out during the game that Michael Del Zotto’s grandmother passed away during Game 3 Saturday, and obviously that was bothering him. And Tortorella had some compassionate things to say about him after the game, without mentioning the personal loss.

4) That whole incident in the third period? Well, it’s pretty clear that Tortorella and the Rangers started this one, right? I mean, they come out of a TV timeout with Stu Bickel yapping at, and challenging his old faceoff partner Ryan Carter, and then Mike Rupp punching Steve Bernier off the draw. The call on Rupp behind the net was soft, though, and his little shove of Martin Brodeur was almost nothing. I mean, if he was looking for mayhem, Rupp wouldn’t have just shoved him in the chest, right. And Brodeur embellished it (look at the photo; he got shoved in the chest and his leg nearly hit the rafters). I think a lot of noise was made about very little, certainly compared to some other Rangers-Devils stuff we’ve seen in the recent past.

[3]5) Too bad Pierre McGuire decided to hit his mute button, though. Would have been pretty cool if they replayed the discussion between the coaches later, with bleeps of course.

6) Do the Rangers really miss Brandon Prust that much? Just kidding. But they do miss him.

7) Who had Ryan McDonagh-Adam Henrique in the first fight of the series pool? Am I the only one who thought that could have been two each for roughing? Then with McDonagh in the box, Del Zotto played in his spot and that’s when he lost future Ranger Zach Parise for the first goal.

8) How many Rangers lazily or mindlessly failed to gain the red line before icing the puck? (Answer: a lot). [4]

9) Nice of the good folks who run that arena in Newark to turn up the music to drown out the, you know, quiet. The pumped-in noise was much, much, much louder in Game 4 than it was in Game 3. Almost as embarrassing as the P.A. guy. Though, I will say, the place was more like 90 percent Devils fans for this game, and there were fewer empty seats.

10) Seemed to me that  the Rangers got somewhat better as play became nastier, which has kind of been their M.O. for two seasons. Tortorella said they gained traction. But not nearly good enough. Callahan had some classic battles with Ilya Kovalchuk, though you’d have to hope he’s smart enough to not fight a much bigger man while playing with a bad hand/finger/wrist/whatever.

11) On the rush, do the Rangers need an engraved invitation to shoot?

12) NBC did a fine job with the replays, especially the ones shot from Trenton after goals. Seriously, it’s like every game they do is their first game. Closeup of Patrik Elias getting his shield wiped by a trainer while Callahan and David Clarkson are hollering at each other on the ice.

[5]13) Some of you clowns never disappoint me with your stupidity in the comments after a loss. I think I’m starting to understand. The Rangers won 51 games, won the East, reached the Eastern Conference final, are two wins from the Cup finals and six wins from the Stanley Cup, despite having only five or six players who are any good at all, and a goalie, and a dolt for a coach. Now I get it.

14) Another few thoughts about the Rupp-sanity in the third period, and again, I believe the Rangers started it very clearly. I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary in terms of what’s common late in a one-sided loss in the playoffs. That dumb “play to the end” and “send a message” stuff that never has any affect on a series. Maybe the Rangers figured they had to do it with 13 minutes left because of the recent legislation about instigators at the end of games being suspended? Or maybe this was a little bit of frontier justice (which I don’t condone, but also don’t mind too much) for perceived Devils hits that went unpunished while the Rangers’ lost a player to suspension? Or maybe they’re trying to force Peter DeBoer to dress some of his knuckleheads for Game 5, because they really can’t play at all.

15) Congratulations to the Captain on becoming a daddy. That’s far more important than anything that happened on the ice … of course, that’s not saying much.

16) Games like these, I hate to admit it, I miss Sean Avery.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Carl Hagelin.
2) Marc Staal.
3) Ruslan Fedotenko.
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Josh (age 26) Thomson’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Marian Gaborik.
2) Dan Girardi.
3) Ruslan Fedotenko.

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AM19’s Three Rangers Stars (with commentary):
1) Marc Staal (Was Rupp until that sideshow basically ended the game).
2) Carl Hagelin (Weak penalty calls on him, buzzing all night).
3) Marian Gaborik (process of elimination, everyone else sucked).
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AP photos, above.

 


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