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Rangers-Capitals in review

Posted By Carp On March 25, 2013 @ 5:37 am In Hockey,Lockout,New York Rangers,NHL,Rangers Report | 724 Comments

[1]Thoughts:

1) Not going to rail about the shootout, but with an all intra-conference schedule and a 48-game season, three-point games, and points for losing hockey games, are going to greatly impact the standings. There are piles of three-point games every night. And if you’re not in the party, getting points for losses, you’re lagging behind. So the Rangers got a point.

2) This was one of their better games recently. I thought the first seven minutes they were fine. Then they collapsed with some colossal mistakes. Then they came back and competed and created chances and did a lot of the things they sure hadn’t been doing enough.

3) That said, when you get a goal from the fourth line (not just the fourth line, but from a fighter who had just missed 15 games, assisted by a guy just recalled from the minors), and when you come back from 0-2, and when you score on the 5-on-3 and kill a 5-on-3 … you pretty much have to win that  game, right?

4) Back to the Breakaway Contest After the Hockey Game Ends (BCATHGE): What a joke it is when a guy with a camera is on a mat with a guy behind him holding a wire … on the ice during the competition. That, to me, kinda tells me that the hockey portion of the program has ended.

5) How about that shift where Roman Hamrlik was stuck on the ice, out of gas, and going against a fresh Alex Ovechkin? Not what you’re looking for. [2]

6) Speaking of the Great Eight, he looked like he wanted to play this game. He doesn’t always.

7) The guy who’s usually in charge of handling him, Dan Girardi, sure had a tough night. His guy accidentally deflected the first goal on the power play. Then Girardi chased the puck toward the blue line, allowing Ovechkin to get in all alone behind him to deflect home the second goal. Then he flung a puck into the seats during the penalty kill.

8) His partner, Ryan McDonagh, was very solid. He went knee-on-knee or knee-on-thigh with Ovechkin and missed a few shifts in second. John  Tortorella said it was a skate. Whatever it was, exhale.

[3]9) Speaking of McDonagh: Third period, Washington 2-on-1 as they trade chances. McDonagh stays on his skates, takes away the pass, leaves the shooter (Marcus Johansson I think?) for Henrik Lundqvist. Johansson shot wide. It’s going to take a pretty good shot to beat Lundqvist from deep in the circle if he doesn’t have to worry about the pass. Well played.

10) Brad Richards, who can’t skate sometimes and doesn’t skate sometimes, had nothing during the 4-on-4 after Carl Hagelin’s diving penalty (good call, IMO). Richards was out there with Rick Nash, instead of Gaborik, who is a great 4-on-4 player.

11) Then in OT, Gaborik started with Callahan, stayed on the ice for a really long shift and didn’t get back out there. Nash played with Hagelin, but Richards had to go out to take a draw. Richards got two shifts in the 4-on-4 and did create a chance. Why he’s out there in the shootout instead of Gaborik? I can’t answer that. [4]

12) With Wojtek Wolski a healthy scratch (in the hot tub?), and Ovechkin back to playing, the Caps were down to one dog: Jay Beagle.

13) Apparently we were hooked up to the New Orleans Superdome power system last night, so sorry about the outage.

14) Happy Passover.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Michael Del Zotto.
2. Derek Stepan.
3. Henrik Lundqvist.
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RangerJHW’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Aaron Asham-important goal
2. Hank-another solid effort
3. Cally-never lets up
HM-the guy who had to count the Ranger hits!
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist (20.91 %).
2. Arron Asham (18.18 %).
3. Derek Stepan (13.64 %).


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