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Rangers-Bruins in review; Live Chat today at noon

Posted By Carp On January 24, 2013 @ 1:28 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL | 139 Comments

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REMINDER: We will have our third Live Chat of the season today at noon. Plenty to talk about, including the big win over Boston last night and tonight’s game against the 0-3 and very desperate Orange Crud. Be there. Or else.

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Here’s the MSG link to John Tortorella’s post-game presser. [2]

Thoughts:

1) It figures, doesn’t it, that in a game where the Rangers are looking to regain their identity and find their jam that Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi go out and play like that. Pretty awesome that Callahan will still go down in front of a Chara shot after breaking his leg on one of them late in the season two years back. Awesome, but not surprising.

2) Goals can and will and do hide a lot of warts, and there were some warts in this game—blown lead, horrendous 5-on-3 and subsequent PP, terrible on faceoffs, benchings, penalties, giveaways, stickĀ  checks. And everybody looks like they’re trying harder when the puck goes in the net.

[3]3) Please don’t take that previous paragraph to insinuate that the Rangers played poorly. But it was far, far from perfect. Much better, but there’s room for a lot of improvement.

4) Which takes us to Marian Gaborik. Some people will never be satisfied with what he does, ever, no matter what, but this guy has been the best signing the Rangers have made since, when, Wayne Gretzky? Just a humble superstar. Yeah, sometimes you don’t notice him, sometimes he doesn’t have jump. But man the guy can fly and has just an awesome pair of mitts. Of course, the next time he goes a game or two without a goal, some of you will complain about him disappearing or not trying. Whatever.

5) I said this yesterday. Gaborik loves to play and compete against his gigantic homeboy and fellow Slovak Zdeno Chara. Gets mashed and it gets him going even more. Gotta love that. He scored two goals with just quick hands and hand-eye coordination, and that first goal, on the tic-tac-toe play from Rick Nash and Brad Richards, not many in the game can put that shot where Gaborik put it. That’s also why he likes to play the off-wing.

6) That all-eggs-in-one-basket line was fun, too. I don’t think it will be permanent by any means, but we’ll see it from time to time, maybe most of the time if it goes like this.

7) Nash=Monster. [4]

8) I thought Chris Kreider started out getting a piece of a couple of Bruins, using his size. Then dropped off. Then was benched. It’s going to take some time, but he will be worth the wait. I think he can learn it here. Not sure if the coach agrees.

9) About the draws. The Boston power-play goal started with a lost draw. The awful 5-on-3 started with two lost draws (by Brad Richards). Something’s gotta give here. Faceoffs have killed them or nearly killed them in all three games.

10) What a pile of crap, NBC overselling the rivalry because it’s “Rivalry Wednesday” or whatever it is. The Rangers and Bruins haven’t played an important game since the early 1970s. Boston is, at best, the Rangers’ sixth most hated rival—behind Philadelphia, the Devils, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and Washington, at least, and in some order. Then, NBC—after pretending to be all-in in this big rivalry game—runs from the telecast right into a football show. Not a single post-game interview. Nothing.

11) The one power play that went well had Anton Stralman on the point, and not just because of that one PP, but I think Stralman needs a lot more PP minutes. He has some puck smarts, good hands, and maybe the best point shot on the roster.

12) Taylor Pyatt moved up to Callahan-Derek Stepan line on merit, and Mike Rupp moved up to Kreider’s spot, with Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin, on merit. And probably because John Tortorella felt he needed more bite against that growly Boston team. [5]

13) Boston is really, really good. The Rangers only have to play the Bruins one more time.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marian Gaborik.
2. Rick Nash.
3. Ryan Callahan.
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Kenny Albert Rules!’ Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marian Gaborik.
2. Rick Nash.
3. Ryan McDonagh.
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Your poll vote for the Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marian Gaborik (33.77 %).
2. Rick Nash (24.5 %).
3. Taylor Pyatt (15.01 %).
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Top photo by Getty Images. Others by the Associated Press.


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[2] MSG link to John Tortorella’s post-game presser.: http://www.msg.com/teams/rangers.html#video.2328573163

[3] Image: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/files/2013/01/Gaborik-celebrates-vs.-Bruins.jpg

[4] Image: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/files/2013/01/Pyatt-vs.-Bruins.jpg

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