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Rangers-Bruins in review

Posted By Carp On January 20, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL | 202 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) I’m not judging anything or anybody after one game. But I agree with Captain Callahan, who said, “we’ve gotta increase out battle level.” It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t where it was last year (or the year before), and with some of the guys they lost—who played top-nine minutes—I’m not sure it can be where it was last year.

2) There were plenty of bad plays. Start with a couple by Marc Staal, including the 1-0 goal, when the Rangers made a bad change, Henrik Lundqvist gave up a bad rebound, and Staal was bad on the backcheck against Milan Lucic.

3) Bad changes are definitely a byproduct of no preseason games, and there were loads of them all over the NHL yesterday. [2]

4) Brian Boyle CAN NOT take an extra two minutes for arguing a penalty call, even if it was an awful call, and it was. Especially after Carl Hagelin opened the game with a bad penalty. The double minor got the Rangers into trouble that carried beyond the penalty kill.

5) If there is a five-minute penalty in the book for a hit from behind, then how was Lucic’s on Hagelin not a fiver? I don’t understand.

6) On the other hand, the Rangers got a great break on the “save” by Lundqvist that was video reviewed. Because, though the replay surely wasn’t conclusive, the puck and Lundqvist’s glove were just as surely in the net.

7) Faceoffs. Geez. The Rangers, according to stats, won 40 percent. Seemed much worse, and they lost some big ones badly.

8) Rick Nash. I thought his debut was pretty impressive. Especially on the penalty kill, and especially in buying into the Rangers’ style of play, going down in front of shots, battling for ice. Guy is buying in. He also seems to get it with the moving-the-feet thing on the power play, which too many Rangers don’t get. Of course he needs to score goals, and he will, but for Opening Night, I thought he was really good.

9) So was Ryan McMonster. And Block Ness Monster Girardi (who blocked three).

[3]10) Going back to the loss of guys like Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky … enough with the staged fights. The Rangers need guys who will fight because of what happened on the ice, when a fight is needed. Not off a faceoff for no reason whatsoever. But, in truth, on the top three lines now, there aren’t many guys who can or will drop ‘em.

11) Big point in the game was the botched 5-on-3. And Brad Richards, who had one goal for each team, CAN NOT miss the net from that range on the 5-on-3. You just can’t.

12) A lot of ex-Rangers all over the NHL scored last night. I think Tim Erixon might have scored for Columbus’ minor-league team, Big John Scott scored at Buffalo’s practice, and I heard that Wade Redden scored in a foosball game against Scott Gomez.

13) I wonder if they polled Rangers fans on whether they’d rather have a regular post-game show, with interviews and a full John Tortorella presser, or Hockey Night Live, how big the landslide would be. Seriously, cut Torts short for a Buffalo preview? Really? Joke.

14) Jeremy Jacobs … shut the front door.

15) That was fun. Let’s do it again tonight.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Ryan McDonagh.
2) Rick Nash.
3) Dan Girardi.

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Doodie Machetto’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Henrik Lundqvist.
2) Rick Nash.
3) Derek Stepan.

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Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1) Henrik Lundqvist.
2) Rick Nash.
3) Brad Richards.

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Poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1) Henrik Lundqvist (28.57 %).
2) Brad Richards (15.15 %).
3) Rick Nash (12.12 %).

AP photos, above.


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