If you’re like me and had the NHL Network feed, then you got to hear some pretty stupid commentary where guys were saying that “if you only look at the box score, you wouldn’t realize just how close of a game this was”
This was not a close game. This was complete and utter domination by 1 team over the other. The only reason Toronto was “in” this game at all was because of 2 bad reads where both defenseman went to the same man. It happened twice, twice it went in the back of the net and we were down 2-0. But if you actually watched this game, like I did, you saw 1 team control the play. You saw one team keep the puck. You saw one team completely dominate the other in nearly all facets of the game.
What the hell did those guys at Hockey Night in Canada or the NHL Network see?
5-2? This should have been an 8-0 hammering.
With that said I do have a few things I wanted to comment about. First and foremost I wanted to say, despite going 0-fer, the Rangers power play actually looked pretty damn good. They hit what, 1 post? They moved the puck well, had numerous high quality chances. They couldn’t finish though, but that happens to all teams. I’m more happy about how the puck moved and how many chances they generated. Why did it work? They split up all the stars. 2 more balanced units with 2 different approaches. I like it. Plus, I love the idea of having 2 defenseman on the ice during the PP. Just my opinion but it’s a safe way to go, and when you’re giving up goals the way we are, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Also, on the tying goal where Staal scored…that was a horrendous play from a positioning and fundamentals standpoint. 1 defenseman behind the other teams net, 1 right in front of the net, and 2 forwards below the circles. Thank God we scored, or that could have easily ended up as a 4-1 heading back our way with only Brad Richards back. Yikes.
It was nice to see Henrik not be under seige. You like to see the King get an “easy” win.
Thankfully my blood pressure will stay at a reasonable rate.