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Rangers-Flyers in review

Posted By Carp On January 25, 2013 @ 12:49 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL | 388 Comments

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Thoughts:

1) Look at the guys who played important roles and/or played really well at times, or for most of last season, who have played poorly through all four, or parts of all four games this year: Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards to a degree; Marc Staal, even Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh at times, and Henrik Lundqvist, who hasn’t played poorly, but except for the first period last night, hasn’t been great. So 1-3? Can’t be shocking. Could be 0-4, really.

2) The Rangers’ supposed depth up front … that was all based on Chris Kreider and Hagelin being able to play top-nine minutes, and one of them playing top six. So far they haven’t. I think it’s going to be a problem if Taylor Pyatt plays on the second line and Rupp on the third. A problem. [2]

3) Statistically, the Rangers were much better at faceoffs. But when they needed to win one, on power plays, and especially in that final minute when the Flyers kept icing the puck, they couldn’t buy one. And I still maintain that faceoffs are about concentration and bearing down. More about will than skill.

4) The 5-on-3 wasn’t as pathetic as some of the others, but you’ve got to be able to move it quickly to the guy on his off-wing for the one-timer, and that means players have to move. Creativity is what’s needed, and not happening. Geez, watch a video of the Penguins or the Red Wings, and how easy they make it look. It should be easy.

5) And while we’re at it, until he starts playing better, it might be time to get Richards off the power play point, IMHO.

6) I had no idea Rick Nash was so good in his own end.

7) That Stu Bickel pummeling of Tostitos Sestito (worst player in the league), that’s the kind of fight I want to see in the NHL … action/reaction. Not this stupid staged bullcrap. Have the Rangers had anybody who hasn’t fought that clown the last two years?

[3]8) John Tortorella started the second period with two lines. There’s some risk there, on the second night of back-to-backs, especially when the first night was a three-line game. It worked for a bit. The Rangers got some offensive zone time, forced an icing, forced the Flyers to burn their timeout and Tortorella got his No. 1 line out against the Flyers thugs. But there was no payoff.

9) I don’t know how a guy like Kris Newbury  gets called up, sent down, called up, sent down, still has it in him to fight for his team …. knowing he’s going right back down and he will never have a chance to stay.  I guess you do it for the shot to play in the NHL, and for the bigger paycheck, but, man, that’s a tough way to make a living.

10) In the final 50 seconds, I don’t get why Marian Gaborik is stationed at the point, 55 feet away from the net. Worse, when the clock starts ticking down to 6 … 5 … 4 … why is he still at the point and not crashing the net. At that point, it doesn’t matter if the puck comes out, or if the Flyers have a breakaway or score into the empty net.

11) Do all teams have so many fans who hate so many of their players? And it cracks me up when all the anti-Tortorella (pro-Avery) jackwagons come crawling out like cockroaches at the smallest sign of adversity. They can’t wait for their team to lose.

12) I can’t believe I’m even going to type these words: Ilya Bryzgalov was actually pretty good. I had to work harder than he did, but he was pretty good.

13) Wait, did MSG Network really cut short—very short—the post-game show for the Dan Girardi “Beginnings” episode. Those things are really well done. Great watches. But seriously, leaping out of the post-game of Rangers-Flyers, no less? Honestly? Really? Wow. … Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, they come back after “Beginnings” (which was fabulous) and Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay are saying the same things they said earlier, but they showed just two answers from Tortorella’s press conference. What a joke of a decision.

Here’s MSG’s link to the presser. [4]

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Marian Gaborik.
3. Stu Bickel.
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Dore33’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Marc Staal.
3. Taylor Pyatt.

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Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Taylor Pyatt.
2. Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Marc Staal.
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Your poll vote for the Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist (25.41 %).
2. Taylor Pyatt (23.76 %).
3. Rick Nash (9.38 %).

Photo credits:
Girardi, Bickel by Getty Images.
Voracek, Lundqvist by The Associated Press.


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[4] Here’s MSG’s link to the presser.: http://www.msg.com/teams/rangers.html#video.2329007638

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