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There are 3 zones to a hockey game. The Offensive Zone, the Defensive Zone, and the Neutral Zone. Tonight the Rangers put on a clinic on how to play the Offensive Zone with numerous sustained shifts of constant pressure with tons of ridiculously good scoring chances. The Rangers also put on a clinic on how NOT to play the Defensive zone. They gave up numerous sustained pressure with a few ridiculously good scoring chances. They also played pretty decent in the neutral zone.

The only reason the Rangers won, by a blowout no less, is because the Islanders were both tired, and had no way to match the Rangers skill level. This is not a win to feel too great about folks. The Rangers in essence had half a letdown game, but thankfully because the Islanders did as well, they were able to win this. Remember, they trailed in this one and for a great portion of the game Roloson stood on his head.

Give credit to the boys in blue though, they did plug away and had some dominating shifts in the offensive zone, so it’s always good take away something positive from a game, especially when its a blowout. But the key here is for the Rangers to recognize they didn’t play all that well, and that they better raise their play when they play the Devils, who always seem to put up a good show against the Rangers.

Couple of players stood out negatively. Sean Avery looked to have a mediocre game. Most of the other forwards had great games, Avery was just so-so, with 1 unbelievably bad giveaway, and a terri-bad pass to ruin a 3 on 2 play. I wish Sean would go back to being the pain in the ass player he used to be instead of trying to play like an insanely skilled player. The guy has skill, and is a useful player on the ice, but what made him unique was his ability to make himself the focal point of the other team. He’s not done that in god knows how long. Another player who is slumping badly is Michal Rozsival. Everyone knows I’m not one of those guys that likes to pick on Rozy, but for the past few games he’s had some truly putrid giveaways. Plays that are simply inexplicable. He seems like he needs to regain his focus for the entire game. Because when he is on, he’s a damn good defenseman.


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