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eddhead
May 14th, 2014, 12:48 PM
I think it is time for a NY Rangers thread.

Amazing comback. Lunquist rules.
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Rangers Eliminate Penguins


PITTSBURGH — Henrik Lundqvist, the king of Game 7s, stood tall again for the Rangers on Tuesday night. He stopped 35 of 36 Penguins shots — even a couple without his stick in a chaotic goal-mouth scramble in the final minutes — to spearhead a thrilling 2-1 victory that capped a historic comeback from a three-games-to-one series deficit.

When the final horn blared and the Rangers were on their way to their second appearance in the Eastern Conference finals in the past three years, Lundqvist leapt into the air, thrust his arms to the sky and was enveloped by a mob of jubilant teammates.

“It was such a good feeling at the end, when you know it’s a done deal, and we did it,” Lundqvist said. “We came back.”

For the first time in their 88-year history, the Rangers won a playoff series after falling behind, 3-1. But winning Game 7s has become a Rangers specialty. This was the second time they did so this postseason (they vanquished the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round) and their fifth in a row since 2012. Four of those victories were by 2-1 scores.


The Penguins’ Paul Martin, left, helped by Kris Letang, stole the puck from the Rangers’ Martin St. Louis, right, on a breakaway attempt in the second period.

This Game 7, however, was special. It capped a comeback in which the Rangers overcame the toughest playoff schedule any N.H.L. team had played in 25 years, including a stretch of five games in seven nights.

And as every Ranger who spoke afterward pointed out, it was one in which the team rallied around Martin St. Louis, whose mother died last Thursday, before Game 5.

“I know she was with me the whole way,” St. Louis said. “The passing of my mom puts everything in perspective. I think we rallied from that situation, and I couldn’t be more proud — I said it before — to be a New York Ranger. The boys have really embraced my situation and supported me. They really pushed for one another. I can’t believe it. We came back, one game at a time.”

Lundqvist ran his Game 7 record to 5-1 — 5-0 in his last five; his only loss was in 2009, against the Washington Capitals — and his save percentage in Game 7s rose to an astonishing .965.

He repeatedly turned away the Pittsburgh riflemen — especially Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin. The saves of the night came late in the third period, when Lundqvist somehow stopped a goal-mouth shot by Paul Martin that deflected off a lost stick lying right in front of him after he himself had lost his stick making two saves during the Penguins’ furious scramble.

“Those saves with five minutes to go, three or four in a row — those were the biggest saves I’ve seen him make since I’ve been here,” Marc Staal said. “Up one goal with five minutes left, and we needed a big save there, and he made a bunch.”

If Lundqvist led the way, a Rangers team experienced in winning Game 7s followed in close support. The cumulative Game 7 record of the Rangers who skated Tuesday was 61-6, while that of the Penguins was 23-18.

Brad Richards scored the tiebreaking goal on a second-period power play, set up by St. Louis. Richards’s personal record in Game 7s is 7-0.


For the first time in their 88-year history, the Rangers won a playoff series after falling behind 3-1.

“It breeds good feelings, good karma — you think good things because you’ve already seen them,” Richards said of the positive Game 7 experiences. “When you’re sitting in the afternoon today thinking, you picture good things happening, because that’s what you know.

“This group has been unbelievably resilient,” he added. “Game 7s every year, two conference finals in three years, and never backing in. It’s been a war every time. Brian Boyle opened the scoring at 5 minutes 25 seconds of the first period by completing a great passing play with his fourth-line mates, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett. The goal quieted what had been a clamorous crowd at Consol Energy Center.

Dorsett, who played only 3:43 in Game 6 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, started a rush down the ice and found Boyle streaking into the Penguins’ zone. Boyle tapped the puck between his legs back to Moore, who waited a moment before returning it to Boyle, who directed it past Marc-Andre Fleury (18 saves).

Boyle had entered the game at minus 5, the worst team mark in the series. Dorsett had not recorded a point in 11 previous playoff games. Moore came into the game at minus 4, but his assist was his third point in three career Game 7s against the Penguins.

In the second period, Jussi Jokinen re-energized the Pittsburgh fans by tying the score at 4:15. But Richards scored 3:41 later, only the third power-play goal of the series for the Rangers.

“Our power play’s been the talk of the first two rounds,” St. Louis said. “Tonight, a power-play goal was the difference. So you persevere, you try to be part of the solution, and we did that tonight.”
While the Rangers celebrated reaching the next round against Boston or Montreal, the Penguins mourned their fifth straight postseason collapse since they won the Stanley Cup in 2009.Sidney Crosby, the regular-season scoring champion, went minus 1 and was held off the score sheet for a third straight game. He had a particularly difficult time, fanning on a backhand with an open net yawning before him, and twice handling the puck right off the end of his stick while breaking into the Rangers’ zone.

The loss put the future of this glamorous but ultimately disappointing Penguins team very much in doubt, especially the statuses of Coach Dan Bylsma and Fleury.

The defeat also raised the possibility that Malkin, a former N.H.L. most valuable player, might be traded for a lockdown defenseman who might protect the kind of series lead the Penguins frittered away against the Rangers.

“Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and we haven’t done that in five seasons,” Bylsma said. “I’m 20 minutes post battling for a Game 7, and right to the bitter end. I haven’t contemplated the price that it’s going to be, or anything toward the future yet.”

Crosby said, “We worked hard but didn’t find a way to win.” He then acknowledged Lundqvist.
“He made some big saves,” he said.

St. Louis referred to Lundqvist from a different perspective, but one that reflected similar awe.
“He played like that nickname he carried,” St. Louis said. “The king.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/sports/hockey/new-york-rangers-pittsburgh-penguins-game-7.html?ref=sports&_r=0

JCMAN320
May 14th, 2014, 09:49 PM
Hmmm interesting one wasn't started when they played the Devils in 2012 EC Finals for the rematch from 1994 and the NEW JERSEY Devils eliminated them. If Henrik is a King, Marty must be an Emperor. ;)

Amazing comeback considering the Rangers have never come back from a 3-1 deficit ever. Great series win by the Rangers. Needless to say I will be rooting for the Montreal Canadiens. Let's go Habs!!!!

GordonGecko
May 14th, 2014, 11:12 PM
guess it took 2 rounds to start a Rangers thread around here :o)

JCMAN320
May 14th, 2014, 11:34 PM
I for one am very happy to see a hockey thread on here. :)

ZippyTheChimp
May 15th, 2014, 08:07 AM
The Cup has been out of Canada for a long time.

And it stays out until they take back Justin Bieber.

eddhead
May 20th, 2014, 10:42 AM
This team really seems to be clicking at the right time. Lundqvist has been great, but he is not singularly responsible their recent success. The defensemen on this team, particularly Gerardi and Staal are very solid, and once they get a lead, the forwards back check like crazy. All of them do, but Boyle, Kreider and Nash are especially notable.

They are getting solid performances from all 4 lines.

Sometimes success in sports is about peaking at the right time, and this team seems to be doing just that.

ZippyTheChimp
May 20th, 2014, 11:15 AM
The big difference has been the return of Kreider. His speed has forced defensemen to play back, which has opened up passing lanes in the offensive zone.

Penalty killing has been great.

A team effort, but no question in my mind that Lundqvist won the game. The one flaw in the Rangers play, especially in the first 10 minutes of period 1, was turning over the puck deep in their zone. If not for great saves by Henrik, they could have lost the game right there.

GordonGecko
May 20th, 2014, 01:04 PM
The one flaw in the Rangers play, especially in the first 10 minutes of period 1, was turning over the puck deep in their zone. If not for great saves by Henrik, they could have lost the game right there.
That flaw was the exception, it's not the rule. Under AV the team has generally been masterful on puck possession. The first period last night was pretty bad but by the time the 3rd period came around, the Rangers were putting on a clinic on handling the puck. The flaw all year has actually been missing the open net on scoring opportunities and on making one too many passes instead of being more selfish and taking the shot

eddhead
May 20th, 2014, 03:29 PM
Lunqvist kept them in the game early, and he certainly faced a lot of shots in the 3rd period, but they were mostly unobstructed. He made some great saves, but the Rangers were terrific in clearing the puck.
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Kreider has been terrific - he is the whole package, size speed strength, and finesse. His assist on the second goal was nice. But in this series at least the story for me has been Lunqvist and the back checking forwards.

It is funny for much of their past the Rangers have been guilty of one too many passes - from tbe Emile Francis days, to Herb Brooks. More focus on artistry than results I guess. But they are playing great now. Not only is the penalty killing solid, but the powerplay is coming alive.

ZippyTheChimp
May 20th, 2014, 04:34 PM
That flaw was the exception, it's not the rule. Under AV the team has generally been masterful on puck possession. The first period last night was pretty bad but by the time the 3rd period came around, the Rangers were putting on a clinic on handling the puck. The flaw all year....You do realize that I was talking about the one game, right?

If Henrik doesn't pick up those early mistakes, maybe it's the Rangers down 3-1 going into the third period. Then they don't get much opportunity to put on a clinic.

ZippyTheChimp
May 20th, 2014, 04:40 PM
One more flaw: The Benoit Pouliot boarding penalty late in the game was the most senseless so far in the playoffs.

eddhead
May 21st, 2014, 04:46 PM
Lunqvist definetly kept them in the game in the early part of the 1st, giving them a chance to get their legs. He continued to play well throughout. The rest of the ream sort of caught up with him.

He faced a lot of shots in the 3rd, but the Rangers did a good job of clearing the crease, giving him good looks. And they did a terrific job of clearing the rebounds.

eddhead
May 23rd, 2014, 12:11 PM
Well, it was a good game anyway. The Rangers flew up and down the ice but Tokarski stood on his head.

1st Canadian goal should have been stopped --- squeezed in on the short side. But the 2nd and 3rd are not on Linaqvist.

ZippyTheChimp
May 30th, 2014, 07:30 AM
Rangers best game of the playoffs. The Canadiens were overmatched, except at the net. Tokarski kept it a one goal game.

eddhead
May 31st, 2014, 01:45 PM
After a lackluster 2nd period last night, the Hawks really turned it around in the 3rd. Living in Chicago, a Hawks Rangers final would be fun for me. I am probably the only person in my local social circle that would root for the Rangers - I either get to brag big or get mocked brutally.

Either way, it could be a fun ride.

eddhead
June 10th, 2014, 10:24 AM
ouch.

TREPYE
June 10th, 2014, 02:28 PM
Goal with 0.7 seconds left in first period was an absolute devastation. Jonathan Quick demoralized them too; he made some sick saves.

GordonGecko
June 10th, 2014, 03:58 PM
Biggest devastation was game 2, Rangers easily could have gotten out of LA up 2-0

All I have to say is it's not over 'til it's over.

eddhead
June 11th, 2014, 11:59 AM
I agree - the Kings were out of their mind in game 3, Quick especially. The Rangers actually played well, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat. They played close to a perfect game.

But game 2 could have been win. I hate to blame the outcome of games like this on officials but that third Kings' goal was highly questionable - and that is generous. If that goal is called off, the Rangers likely win. Down 2-1 in games is a far less desperate spot than is down 3-0.

TREPYE
June 11th, 2014, 11:52 PM
Whuat a game..... I know it's still a long shot, but man it was Miracle on Ice out there tonight. Pouliot's inflection goal, those two pucks at the Ranger goal line get past Lundqvist and just, just..... Stopped.

TREPYE
June 12th, 2014, 12:00 AM
17912

We're down big but those ****ers still have to win one more game...

GordonGecko
June 12th, 2014, 12:28 AM
Whuat a game..... I know it's still a long shot, but man it was Miracle on Ice out there tonight. Pouliot's inflection goal, those two pucks at the Ranger goal line get past Lundqvist and just, just..... Stopped.

http://i.imgur.com/aBq05Tc.jpg

eddhead
June 12th, 2014, 10:22 AM
Man, I sh&t myself several times in the 2nd and 3rd periods.

I am glad they won, but really, they sat back waaay too much from the middle of the second on. I hope that does not become a trend in game 5. I realize they won, but 2 pucks on the goaline, and one shot on the post. They need to press a bit more even with a lead.

After games 2 and 3, luck was due to turn their way, no doubt, but let's not mistake a bit of luck for a winning strategy.

TREPYE
June 13th, 2014, 03:13 PM
I had my heart in my throat the last 5 minutes of the game.... It finally settled back into my chest by lunchtime the next day. Lunqvist was just pure guts there at the end; epic!

eddhead
June 14th, 2014, 04:10 PM
Horrible call on Zuccharello. I mean the King's played extremely well, but that game should not have gone into OT. We complain about the officiating in the NFL quite a bit, but hockey is ridiculous.

GordonGecko
June 14th, 2014, 09:34 PM
Horrible call on Zuccharello. I mean the King's played extremely well, but that game should not have gone into OT. We complain about the officiating in the NFL quite a bit, but hockey is ridiculous.
The NBA officiating is ten times worse and many believe has bribed or gambling officials, but each bad calls affects 1 basket in 50 on the game. In hockey it can affect 1 goal out of 1 or 2 so even if it's not as bad the effect is much more pronounced

TREPYE
June 15th, 2014, 10:46 AM
That has to be the worst call I have ever seen in a championship game since I was watching NBA refs under David Stern make a mockery of "regulating" the game. In terms of egriousness what was so APPALING was that the penalty shoul've been on the Kings; an out n out travesty of a call that not only cost the Rangers another couple of days to live on but Hockey and non-Hockey fans alike to see a couple of more fun games and master goaltending among legends.

Which brings me to Lundqvist.... He was an utter inspiration to watch carry this inneptitude of scorers on his back af far as they did. Seldom have I ever been prouder in a loss. Lundqvist was a Lion out there; an epic effort of SHEER excellence at your craft.... Too bad it got cut short on its antithesis, officiating incompetence.

eddhead
June 17th, 2014, 10:29 AM
Growing up, I was a huge Ranger fan, despite the heartbreaks of watching the "fat cat" Rangers of late 60's to early 70's begionning before the first expansion. I loved the GAG line, especially Ratelle and was broken hearted when he and Park were traded for Espo and Vadnais. I was downright , appalled a few years later when Rick 'Nifty' was traded for Ken Hodge, an Espo crony - enough so that I almost gave up on the team and the game. But I hung in there through 94 and into the early 2000's

Than I stopped watching for a long time. It wasn't Rangers' ineptitude that turned me off. Nor was it the goonery, although I remained appalled by it even today. . It was the officiating. I got to a point where I felt like the calls were arbitrary and random, had a strong impact on the result, and affected the integrity of the game itself. Not to take anything at all from the great dynastic Islanders and Oilers teams who played at a much higher level than the game was officiated, but honestly, I got to a point where I couldn't even watch the game.

Recently I have been drawn back into it - Chicago is a great hockey town, and despite remaining a Rangers' fan, I have had the opportunity to go to a few Hawks' games which are fun and exciting . But this kind of stuff breaks my heart, and reminds me of why I stopped watching the NHL in the first place. I do not understand why the game is not officiated in a manner similar to the NBA or the NFL - the 3 officials should be assigned primary areas of responsibility on the ice, and call penalties as well as line violations. There is just too much ice, too much speed, and too much action for one official to handle it all effectively

ZippyTheChimp
June 17th, 2014, 03:03 PM
There are four officials (two refs and two linesmen) on the ice. Been like that since the late 1990s.

eddhead
June 19th, 2014, 05:16 PM
My mistake, like I said, I have been away from the game for a while now, so I guess I forgot and didn't notice the 2nd ref. Still, it is a lot of ice and speed for 2 refs to cover.

GordonGecko
April 22nd, 2015, 11:57 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDPvop7VEAEY0uD.jpg:large