Monday, April 29, 2013

26-18-4: All's Well That Ends Ok

The Rangers completed their regular season schedule by beating a dead horse, destroying the lifeless, already-eliminated New Jersey Devils 4-0 in a game that really wasn't even that close.

The Blueshirts pressed the action from the opening puck drop and the final result was really never in doubt. The Devils' season was done, and they knew it. For the Rangers, it was good to spread some of the ice time around - Nash and Richards got less than 15, Chris Kreider way up to 15:05. Hell, Dan Girardi only saw 22:39 of ice time, the lowest in over a month and eight minutes less than last game.

Hard to say if the win will have an effect on the team heading into the playoffs, they did just lose to the worst team in the league a few days prior. But it is always a plus to beat our Hudson River rivals. Now it is on to the Capitals, yet again. Oh boy. (More on them in an upcoming post.)

Late Hits:

*The "We Want Marty!" chants were awesome. The "Mmmmmmaaaaaarrrrrrrtttttttyyyy"s notsomuch. Legitimately believe that much of the Garden believed that it was Fatso filling the New Jersey net instead of Moose.

*Love Hank and congratulations to him for his 51st career shutout but I'd like to see him get even one nono without wearing a mask. Bet he wouldn't be as willing to play shots off his head ...

*The continued disgrace (and likely fatal flaw) of this franchise: an 0-6 power play.

*Four minor penalties taken, two hooks, a trip and an interference - all lazy calls that come from being out of position.

*Step, Cally and Hagelin. What do they all have in common? They're all Ranger draft picks who spent time in Hartford, are selfless in their play and willing to do anything for the franchise. It is of little wonder they are working so well together, we've seen 'Pack' players click consistently over the last few years only to have the head coach break them up. Remember Dubi/Prucha/Dawes? Perhaps it is time to leave them alone.

*Man, would Cally's shorthanded breakaway in the first period been a wonderful goal. Damn.

*On the first Nash goal Richard$ lost the faceoff but hustled after the puck and got it out to Nash for the easy finish. The second saw him perfectly pick Zuke out on the far side for the fast feed to Nash for another gimme. Having two playmakers provide the puck to the sniper is a nice luxury, but come the playoffs even the fearless Norwegian will find it tough carrying the physical load for the line.

*With Ryane Clowe out, Taylor Pyatt has to be tougher. He has the size, he has the ability ... he played nearly 18 minutes and was invisible.

*Haven't seen Kovalchuk castrated like that since the days of Sean Avery.

*Del Zaster, geez. It was comical watching him fumble the puck and fall all over himself. It won't be as amusing in the playoffs.

*Dammit, yet another season without receiving Blueshirts off our Backs. I wonder why? I think it woulda been quite amusing to hand my Scotty Hockey sweater to either Asham or DZ.

*PHW Three Stars:
3-Henrik Lundqvist - 20 saves.
2-Ryan Callahan - one goal and one assist.
1-Rick Nash - two goals.

Scotty Hockey Three Stars:
3-Richard$ - One of his best performances of the season; not like that is saying much, but still worthy of recognition.
2-Cally - Love the Adam Graves comparison made by the NBC crew. I've always said it was a MASSIVE mistake to give Brian Leetch the post-Messier captaincy. Incredible player, not a leader.
1-Step - He doesn't wear a letter ... yet. 

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