Tuesday, March 26, 2013

15-13-3: Familiar Failure

As the puck drops on yet another game in moments, a quickquickquick recap of the Rangers' 3-2 shootout loss to the Caps on Sunday. Sorry about the delay, life gets in the way... 

Slow start? Check.

Bad penalty? Check.

Give up the first goal? Check.

Make a bad goalie look good? Check. 

Rally to give us false hope? Check.

Disappointing loss to a poor opponent? Check.

To quote Battlestar Galactica: "All this has happened before, and will happen again. Again. Again. Again. Again ..."

Late Hits:

*My Twitter buddy Arron Asham returned from injury and scored a goal in his first game back. It was a easy wrister far side past Holtby's glove, just like Asham's first goal this year on the other awful Southeastern goalie Lindback. It also should have been a shot the Rangers scorers should have been throwing past LOLtby all night long. Good on Asham to finally decide to show up, let's see him do it again against a team he used to play for.

*Quite possibly the best defensive game Del Zaster has played in a Ranger uniform. He still made mistakes, but his positioning was better and he was relentless.

*I've been unable to re-watch the game a third time to check the numbers, but I can't imagine the official scorekeepers were accurate. Nine shots for Cally? Six hits for Boyle?

*It is so ludicrous that they call dives alongside the initial infractions.

*Amazing that Newbury was not one of those who took stupid penalties. But it is interesting that his presence created a comfort level for Kreider, in the same way John Mitchell helped Carl Hagelin last season.

*Keep thinking Matt Hendricks won't look that bad in a Blueshirt.

*Those Caps sweaters are beautiful, too bad they are constant reminders of John Druce.

*PHW Three Stars:
3-Nicklas Backstrom - one goal and one assist.
2-Henrik Lundqvist - 22 saves.
1-Braden Holtby - 30 saves.

Scotty Hockey Three Stars:
3-Hank - Solid game by the King, hard to blame him for a goal deflected off Backstrom's chest and another was tipped by Ovie.
2-Ovechkin - Everything Gabby was not.
1-Backstrom - Everything Richard$ was not.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

A goalie with a career GAA of 2.38 and Save % of .922 and who stood on his head in his only playoff year is an "awful goalie"? Please!