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Rangers-Penguins in review

Posted By Carp On January 21, 2013 @ 2:25 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL | 410 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) I still think the staged fights are dumb and mostly useless. But to a degree I agree with John Tortorella, that when a guy is in that kind of battle, right in front of your bench, teammates need to take that and run with it, at least a little bit … say, “Hey, this guy’s putting it on the line, the least I could do is …”

2) Arron Asham has now played for all five Atlantic teams. Interesting point by somebody in the pressbox. What if Asham’s suspension had been one game longer. Wouldn’t have been ironic that he couldn’t play against the team for which he took the infraction that brought about the suspension. [2]

3) Thought Ryan Callahan played a much better game, a more Callahan game, especially with those two blocks on the 5-on-3 in the closing seconds of the second period, with the game pretty much decided already.

4) Didn’t think many other Rangers, or most other Rangers, played better than they had played on Saturday.

5) Malkin=Monster.

6) Faceoff violation? That’s what it takes for the Rangers to get a 5 on 3 and a power-play goal? Better not count on that.

7) I also thought Derek Stepan was better in a lot of areas. But he lost draw so cleanly to Sidney Crosby on 3-1 goal. Couldn’t have been more cleanly. Skid didn’t do much else.

8) If it’s any consolation, the Rangers just lost back to back to the teams that are going to finish 1-2 in the East. But I don’t think either of them played particularly great in beating ya boys. And if it’s any consolation, they only have five back-to-backs remaining.

[3]9) By the way, this 48 games in 99 days thing. Last year they played their final 48 games in 100 days.

10) I am not totally saying this is because they don’t have the two Brandons around, because it can’t be. But they sure have been missing that Rangers’ “jam” the first two games.

11) The renovated place looks great, though I sure heard some complaints about the crowded concourses and people having their seats moved up near the roof. But man was it quiet in there. They also raised an Atlantic Division banner … without ceremony, thank goodness.

12) The “Bud Light first-period highlights” on the arena scoreboard included three replays of the Rangers goal, none of any of the Penguins’ three goals, and a couple of the 11 saves (on 14 shots) made by Henrik Lundqvist in the period.

13)  ps, I didn’t think Henrik Lundqvist played great in Boston. I didn’t think he was that bad last night. [4]

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Rick Nash.
2. Ryan Callahan.
3. Derek Stepan.

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Mitch Beck’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Rick Nash – Total all-around game and the SHG.
2. Ryan Callahan – Goal, blocked shots and seemed to be in the middle of everything.
3. Derek Stepan – Two Assists and good overall play.

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Your poll vote for the Three Rangers Stars:
1) Rick Nash (24.32 %).
2) Ryan Callahan (16.89 %).
3) tie, Taylor Pyatt and Martin Biron (9.46 %).

Photos by Getty Images, above.

 


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