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Archive for November, 2013

Bleak Friday – Rangers @ Brooins Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 30th, 2013

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Turkeys – Rangers @ Panthers Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 28th, 2013

The Rangers are awfully lucky they played the Cats tonight. That’s all I’ll say on the matter.

We were pretty much awful for most of this game and got some very flukey goals to win a game we really didn’t deserve to win.

Our forwards were just soooo bad in the neutral and defensive zones, not winning many if any battles, getting outhustled, and just flat out sucking for huge portions of the game.

Someone, anyone, tell me what Benoit Pouliot has done to deserve a spot in the lineup night in and night out? If anyone deserves a kick in the ass and a benching, it’s him. Put Mashinter in over him, I don’t care, just give me someone else for a bit. I’m sick and tired of seeing his gigantic ass play like a fumbling bumbling moron. He’s a turnover machine that doesn’t really do ANYTHING well.

All his peripheral numbers looked good, but boy oh boy, this guy is just so maddeningly inconsistent, I’m just ready for a change. It doesn’t have to be permanent, but it sure as hell needs to happen.

On that same note, I am once again in vehement disagreement with AV on the benching of MDZ. Sure, DZ hasn’t been at his best this season, but he’s WORLDS better than Falk who was pretty friggin awful tonight in his own right. Pretty much every long sustained offensive thrust by the Panthers were thanks to a terrible play by Falk. So many I can’t even begin to go through them all. He sucks, I don’t want to see him, go get me MDZ.

Blech. I hate to be so pissed off after a 5-2 win, but tonight was pretty much how this team has won in years gone by. Undeservedly so thanks to great goaltending.

WAKE UP!

Have a happy thanksgiving all, don’t partake in that shitty black friday crap, stay with your family, that’s what this day is really about.

Burn The Tape – Rangers @ Lightning Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 25th, 2013

I’ve got a severe case of bronchitis so I didn’t get a chance to yell at the TV, but I wasn’t happy with the Rangers tonight.

Starting with Henrik Lundqvist who seems to have rediscovered his high-glove-side kryptonite tonight, he was shelled, and while not all of it was his fault, enough of it was for him to get a very deserving yank at the start of the 3rd.

The defense kept falling asleep at inopportune times, particularly Marc Staal who did not have a good game, then again, very few Rangers did.

They generated a few chances here and there, but by and large, we kinda sucked. The shot count may have been high, but the team just does not show that killer instinct nor resilience that were staples of their team during the ECF run a few years back. Wake up, the season is getting awfully short awfully quick.

I just don’t like watching this team get tons of chances, never score, and watch the other team get the same or fewer amount of chances, and score multiple times.

It gets old, real quick.

Back To Normal – Rangers @ Predators Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 24th, 2013

Great game by the boys in blue tonight, very well executed defensive game, completely smothering the neutral zone (rather than the defensive zone a-la Torts) and maintaining huge periods of time with high pressure.

One thing that’s a joy to see are the Rangers outlets in their own zone. The guys have gotten VERY good at transitioning the puck from defense to offense. There’s a lot less panic flings up the boards and a lot more under control passes to open men to start the transition game going back. It’s awesome to see.

Of note tonight were the play of Ryan McDonagh, Brad Richards, and MZA. All 3 were outstanding, particularly MCD who was just a monster out there. His ability to turn the team from defense to offense this season has been mind blowing, and in particular tonight, he was just incredible to watch.

As someone who plays defense regularly myself, you just can’t help but be in awe at how well the kid plays under pressure. Some of the outlet passes he made were just tiny little nothing passes, but they consistently trapped guys behind the play leading to scoring chances.

Oh, and he scored a goal.

Brad Richards was incredible as well, setting up a few fantastic scoring chances and, for once, showing some very strong board play.

Our top 2 lines were pretty much unstoppable.

Our 3rd line though…oof, they are kinda tough to watch. Brassard has some skill, but he definitely looks lost out there for most of the game. He makes some good plays here and there, but by and large I’ve not been happy with his play. Pouliot…blech. And Carl Hagelin has kinda fallen off the map with his play. He just doesn’t seem to have that “this is my puck, youre not getting it away from me” mentality he’s had in the past. Probably just a rut, but could be a function of the line he’s playing on.

Hard to see anything wrong with the 4th line. Boyle, Moore and Dorsett do a great job at keeping pucks in the offensive zone and play pretty well defensively, albeit not amazing.

Great game, loved what I saw, keep this shit going boys!

Reversal – Rangers @ Stars Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 22nd, 2013

If you’re a Stars fan, just go read my post from the last Rangers game. That’s how you should feel.

For the most part the Stars dominated the Rangers. They generated way more quality chances than the Rangers did outside of a penalty shot by Rick Nash (and the 3 goals we were able to put home), but they met up with a red hot goalie who single handedly kept the Rangers in a game they had absolutely no business being in.

Being on the other side of the coin is something Ranger fans should be way more familiar with than with the Rangers dominating a game and losing.

Tonight was vintage Rangers hockey. Play like crap, get a few lucky goals, and have their goalie keep ‘em in a game they didn’t deserve to be in.

I’d love to have Jamie Benn on this team, christ is he good.

Rick Nash was a beast tonight, one of the few bright spots for the Rangers tonight outside of Henrik. He was his old usual self, generating tons of scoring chances and controlling the puck like the monster he was last year. Great to see him going again, he and Richards were great tonight.

OK, that’s all guys, I’m beat.

I Can Live With It – Brooins @ Rangers Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 20th, 2013

You never like to lose. I get it. I HATE losing as much as the next guy, but I’ve always believed, and will so till the day I die, that wins or losses don’t matter nearly as much as playing the right way. For the last 3 games the Rangers have definitely played the right way. If you look at the chances, not just total shots, but the chances that this team has had, and it’s the right guys having those chances, they should be averaging 4 goals a game and be running a big time winning streak.

Instead, everyone is in panic mode.

Not me.

Every year this happens, you go through a stretch of games where the team looks great and they can’t buy a win. The important thing though is to make sure the cycle stays that way, keep playing great, and the wins will come. And when they do, and they will, they will come in bunches.

No team can maintain a 1.7% shooting percentage that the Rangers have over the past 3 games. It’s impossible. You literally can not be that bad and be a pro team. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. Even the horrific Buffalo Sabres have a 6+% shooting percentage this year. Think about it, if the Rangers averaged just a paltry 5% shooting percentage, which is far lower than any team has had since the lockout and lower than any team has this short year, they would have scored 6 goals over the last 3 games, and more than likely come up with 3 wins.

Don’t panic peeps, the wins are coming.

They are doing EVERYTHING right. Defensively, Offensively, Goaltending (Paille goal not withstanding), other than putting the pucks in the net. I refuse to believe a team with this much talent could be this terrible at scoring.

It’ll come.

Believe in blue.

Drugs

Posted by inferno272 on November 18th, 2013

Yesterday during a game I was playing I got hit with a slapper in the back of the knee. It obviously hurt, if youve ever played hockey you know there’s zero protection there, and sometimes when you try to clear the crease you get turned around as a guy is winding up.

I took some vicodin and just hit the sack. Leg is still killing me today, but that’s your reason for no post game writeup.

I’m gonna go lay down again, sorry guys, when I’m no longer in agony I’ll get back to writing posts here.

The Amazing Kreiderman – Rangers @ Canadiens Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 17th, 2013

We won….

In Montreal…

uWqM3

I think the last time this happened I was just graduating from College…ugh, boy that feels like AGES ago.

But, let’s forget all that. Sure, the Rangers didn’t have an auto-loss in a game you’d pretty much expect them to get destroyed. It’s not about the teams, it’s about the curse. But, they somehow won. Great. But, the bigger story is going to go over your head if you fixate on that.

What’s the bigger story?

Cam Talbot?

No.

Cam had a solid game, but let’s be honest here, he didn’t have to be nearly as good as Carey Price did, who had a remarkable game in net. Talbot was fantastic fo-sho, and WAY better than Marty Biron has been for quite some time. But again, that isn’t the bigger story.

As you can guess by the title of this post, the bigger story tonight was Chris Kreider.

Sure, Kreider has been playing like a borderline star since his recall, but tonight he took that shit to another level. Tonight was Chris Kreiders coming out party. Tonight was the night that all subsequent nights need to be judged against. Tonight was the night where Chris Kreider said, you guys, get on my back, I’m winning us this game.

No, Kreider didn’t get on the scoresheet, and if youre just stat surfing you probably wouldn’t appreciate the game this kid had tonight, but if you watched the game, you basically saw a kid impose his physical will on the other team, and the other team flat out back down for fear of him single handedly beating them.

Sure, his linemates were terrific. Stepan and MZA both had some great minutes, but it was Kreider tonight who stood out as a man among boys.

Oh, and Rick Nash is pretty close to being back.

I can has 2 superstar wingers please?

They Won – Devils @ Rangers Post Game Thoughts…

Posted by inferno272 on November 13th, 2013

I know, I know. Everyone is going to want to point fingers….

How could Henrik give up such a soft goal?!

What the hell is Pouliot/Brassard doing half the time?

How can you lose your players like that in a tie game late?

Blah blah blah

In the end, here’s how I look at it. The Devils played a good game. They got some bounces, some calls, but in the end, they beat us. I felt like we dominated and a few miscues cost us. It happens to every team, a few times a season, tonight it happened to us.

Shit happens, you gotta brush off the loss and move on to the next game.

I’ll Take It – Panthers @ Rangers Post Game Thoughts..

Posted by inferno272 on November 11th, 2013

My apologies, this is going to be super short. I just played 3 hockey games tonight, and I gotta be up in 5 hours to teach a bunch of people some very technical crap.

I don’t think we played a great game, but I do think we played a hard game. The effort level was there, the execution, however, was very sloppy. Some stupidity all around, and some unlucky bounces.

But, the important thing? We won.

Usually after a game like this I’d blast the team, but I don’t think it’s a lack of effort tonight, it was just a “battle” that they ended up winning.

Good enough for 2 points. Now only 4 points behind Pittsburgh despite starting 9 on the road, a completely new system, and no Hagelin, Callahan, and Nash for the vast majority of the season.

Impressive.

OK, off to bed!