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TheNYRBlog 12-Pack: Point Lost (Game 7)

Not sure what everyone is so upset about, the Rangers gained a point in the standings last night.

While the brutal 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins was hard to swallow, I thought there were a number of signs that the Blueshirts might be ready to bust out of their early season malaise.

1. But before we get to the good…CAN THIS TEAM F’N BE READY AT PUCK DROP?!?!?! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO F’N ASK?!?!?!?!

I’m not one for piling on AV (that’s what Twitter’s for), but the team’s lack of preparation falls squarely on the head coach. How hard is it to have the team ready to go? I know he can’t get the players hyped for every game, but c’mon man, it’s like they’re sleep walking out of the locker room. AV might want to try this against the Islanders on Thursday…

2. In the same vein, STOP GIVING THE GOD DAMN PUCK AWAY!!!!!!!!

3. Remember when we were all excited about the revamped defense this offseason? This group has me longing for the days of Malik and Roszival. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but Dan Girardi would definitely be a top pair defenseman on this group. Ok, that’s not all that far fetched considering who’s behind the bench. In fact, you have to wonder if the reason for Ryan McDonagh’s early season struggles has been the absence of Girardi. And not because the Rangers captain misses the shot blocking prowess of Girardi, I think it’s because McDonagh is re-learning how to be an actual defenseman again instead of an eraser for his defense partner. It’s sort of like someone who’s been kidnapped and forced to survive in a basement for years. When they’re finally discovered, it takes them awhile to re-adapt into society as a human being. I think McDonagh is going through that same process.

As far as the rest of the defense, I knew Shattenkirk had defensive deficiencies to his game, but he’s worse than I anticipated. I’ve had my issues with AV’s personnel deployments over the years, but he might be justified placing Shattenkirk on the third pair.

4. It wasn’t all bad for Shattenkirk vs. the Penguins as he continues to turn 20-years worth of shit on the power play into soufflé. Plus he punched Malkin in the face multiple times…

5. Once the Rangers finally snap out of this funk, if the power play can continue to produce at the current rate, they’ll never be out of a game. I’ve literally seen more skilled play from the man advantage units through seven games than I have the last seven years. Including this beauty from last night…

Unfortunately, not converting on the 5-on-3 due to Kreider’s offensive zone penalty seemed to give the Penguins life. So it wasn’t ALL posive from the power play.

6. Speaking of Kreider, still waiting for him to replicate that third period performance in Game 6 against the Senators last postseason.

7. What a snipe by Buchnevich on that power play goal!!!! I wonder why he’s not able to do that 5×5.

Looks at linemates:

Looks at 5×5 time on ice (via Ryan Ohanesian):

Oh…

8. Easily the worst part of last night’s loss was that the Rangers were less than a minute from firmly pinning a Penguins defeat on the undisciplined play of Sidney Crosby. Instead…

9. While the Rangers wouldn’t have been in position to win that game without the heroics of Lundqvist, with how badly the club needed some positive vibes, he can’t allow that goal, at that time, in this game. Can’t happen. In the past, when the Rangers needed a win, he always locked it down. Now? I’m seeing way too many last minute blown leads. That’s not all on The King, but we’re starting to see some cracks in the armor.

10. Thankfully, Prince Igor is on the way…

11. Lias Andersson watch:

I’m not saying they will, but because the Rangers loaned Andersson to Frolunda, they could actually recall him at some point this season.

12. Despite the stinging loss, there was a silver lining. For the first time this season there were signs of life. In coming back from the early 2-0 hole, the Rangers showed some actual resolve and fight. It looked like they were finally interested in winning a game. Imagine that. Now that they’ve had a taste of that drive and determination, I’m hopeful it’ll carry over into another rivalry game on Thursday vs. the Islanders.

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26 thoughts on “TheNYRBlog 12-Pack: Point Lost (Game 7)

  1. right on point today with number 9 being my favorite. This team not good enough to win without Henrik being King Henrik. can’t let that goal behind the net go in. and also can we wake up in the first minute of the period!!!

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  2. Great read as usual! Agree on Hank. He needs to make that save no matter what. Wtf was up with the Captain yesterday? I don’t think Inhave ever seen him play such a poor game. Too much pressure?

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    1. While I was joking about the reasoning he misses Girardi, maybe that’s it. Something he’s been so familiar with over the years is gone.

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  3. So if shat is not top pair whose left to try to fill that void making the second pair solid skjei/shat. Was deangelo not horrible against top tier lines and keeps that role or are we back to rotation every game? still looking to trade that extra D we have hanging around?

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  4. Kevin McD doesn’t need an anchor, he is capable of screwing up all on his own. Poor guy doesn’t have Girardi as his built in excuse anymore. He doesn’t have too worry though he is an AV favorite, All others would be sitting a few games. He needs to observe from the bench and maybe he will get his head out of his ass.
    As for for AV the only cure is if he is sent packing. When do you admit your system sucks. The same problems for how many years now?
    What GM allows the coach to try more offensive and defensive pairings than games played?
    He doesn’t have a clue.

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  5. Our PK has to get better and I couldn’t agree more about kreider he hasn’t been doing enough not sure what’s going on there with him or with vesey but last night looked encouraging for the road ahead let’s hope they can start to build off it and stop the first min goals and all the turn overs bad move by mactruck

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  6. What the heck is wrong with Kreider? He is skating around as if in a fog, he rarely gets a shot on goal and is taking stupid penalties. Is the Ranger coaching so bad that Kreider doesn’t know what to do or where to skate? Was he told not to shoot?
    I can’t help but think that the coaching is so bad that he doesn’t know what to do. I”ve also never seen so many bad passes by a team in my life. Is anyone else sick of watching the Ranger prevent defense(pointed out by Larry Brooks) that never works!

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    1. Yes, Kreider is skating around in a fog 95% of the time.
      Yes, the coaching staff is that bad.
      Yes, I am sick of watching the Rangers under AV and his inept coaches.

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    1. the lack of urgency on the 5 on 3 (for almost two whole fucking minutes) was maddening. the endless search for the prettiest goal is also maddening. you just KNEW that when they didn’t capitalize on the 2 man advantage that it would come back to bite them in the ass.

      after being a supporter of kreider, I’ve given up on him. let him skate around in a fog, perpetually in his own head somewhere else. he’s not going to change. at least not here he isn’t…

      getting tired of watching the coaches step on their own dicks. maybe try out some combinations for longer than 4 minutes? chemistry CAN be made if it isn’t initially there.

      one a positive note, I’ve enjoyed watching miller, hayes and buchnevich at times.

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      1. Kreider is beyond frustrating. Last year is probably best we’re going to see from him. Could be time to move on.

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  7. Well it was the first sign of emotion I’ve seen this year and a nice comeback. Somewhere in the 2 Nd I think Shatts made the nicest past I’ve seen from a Rangers defenseman since the 90s. I’d still like to see him in the 1st pairing with McD.. I think the possession time he creates in a top unit offsets his weak defense. The tying goal it looked like Crosby was just trying to center the puck. Henry made some excellent saves but I can’t be too high on a goalie who gives up 4 goals in regulation. All the fucking turnovers beat us. There were good signs as the players actually looked hungry to build on their lead for a change rather than sit back. Bur it was a stupid loss.

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