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Rangers-Islanders in review

Posted By Carp On March 8, 2013 @ 4:43 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL,Rangers Report | 417 Comments

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 Thoughts:

1) That’s at least five OT goals by Gaborik the last two seasons—including the triple-OT winner—and three of those on the 4-on-3 PP. He has eight goals, same as Rick Nash. He has four game-winners this season, FWIW. I know some of you don’t want to hear it—because if he doesn’t score a goal every single game he’s a bum to the haters—but not all of his scoreless games lately have been bad. I said it was coming along vs. Philly the other night, and he was good again on the Isle. [2]

2) How about the Rangers taking advantage of an icing for the tying goal by Rick Nash? Even though skinny Jack Capuano called timeout, his guys were out there a while. And, seriously, does Capuano have any legit beef (no pun intended) about the call on Michael Del Zotto being taken down in OT?

3) I honestly think this Rick Nash stat, all his goals in the third period, is somewhat coincidence. I mean, he’s had a lot of chances in first and second periods, too. But it’s pretty cool that all eight goals are in the third. And that the Rangers are 12-5-1 when he plays.

4) Not putting blame, but the Islanders goal, I thought, was all on Nash and Derek Stepan. So they really atoned and, with Carl Hagelin, had another strong game. Stepan’s been fabulous.

5) The stand-around and wait for somebody to do something power play was back in regulation. And almost gave up another SHG because of a forward at the point. [3]

6) Wait, there was a delayed penalty and Stu Bickel and Micheal Haley don’t go for a change immediately?

7) I will wait before drawing this conclusion conclusively: Roman Hamrlik=Bryan McCabe 2.0? He’s not going to be able to play Marc Staal’s minutes, and I certainly am not expecting to see Staal again any time soon. Hamrlik isn’t, and shouldn’t be expected to be in game shape (scratched for 16 of the last 17) and can’t have much left if Washington is scratching him night after night. Can he?

8) This I don’t get: Fighting is allowed in hockey. Yet the linesmen break up legit fight—when Stu Bickel and Finley wanted to have at it—but night after night the linesmen let staged fights go.

[4]9) What a waste it is to have two talented guys like Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney working the radio broadcast and just a few miles from New York City you can’t hear them because the Knicks are playing on their channel.

10) Good thing about the lockout: Only 48 games of the same commercials over and over, instead of 82. Though I finally figured out who that guy is in the tow truck trying to hook the Quatro in the snow. He’s the H&H Bagel guy from the Festivus episode!

11) Really liked the Anton Stralman-Del Zotto pair in this game; Del Zotto in both ends.

12) And of course, Block Ness Girardi and Ryan McMonster did a great job on John Tavares.

13) Thought the Rangers actually played a pretty decent game, but that the decision to play Henrik Lundqvist really paid off, because there were a few major breakdowns and Lundqvist bailed them out.

14) I imagine Martin Biron gets the start tonight against Ottawa.

[5]15) Some of the Rangers’ bottom six are having a nice little run during this win streak: Darroll Powe and Jeff Halpern among them.

16) And it seems impossible for the Rangers to win and not mention Ryan Callahan … though I don’t know what else to say about him.

17) Man, for pure fun and entertainment, is there anything better right now that Philly-Pittsburgh?

18) Realignment. I still think it’s a ridiculous plan to play fewer games with playoff implications. But … a topic for another day.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Marian Gaborik.
3. Rick Nash.
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RangerJHW’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist-kept us in there
2. Rick Nash-knows how to finish
3. Derek Stepan-solid, solid effort
HM-Gabby-loves those Isles

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NYR1979’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Rick Nash.
3. Marian Gaborik.
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Rick Nash (29.66 %).
2. Henrik Lundqvist (24.33 %).
3. Marian Gaborik (18.25 %).

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