Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
The Bs---beasts of the East---wear down NYR, rally for 3-2 win
The Bs are the Beast of the East for a reason. They rebounded a from a 6-1 loss Wednesday, and down 2-1 in the third today, used their depth and skill to edge the Rangers 3-2 in TD Garden.
Here's some extra quotes, stats and thoughts you won't find in my game story or notes online and in the paper.
I'm thinking Cam Talbot get the start against the Canucks and Henrik Lundqvist is back against Winnipeg on Monday as the Rangers begin a stretch of 10 games at home in December. Time for a 13-13 club to make hay. Hard to believe that in 26 games, there's only been one that's gone past regulation---in Detroit---and there's been no shootouts.
Vigneault is frustrated with the "inconsistency" and didn't name names, but think on this: Brassard, Hagelin, Richards=no shots. The power play, 0 for 5. Yeah, all three had assists but....on the last three PPs, zero shots on goal. Won't get points like that.
In the second and third period, the Rangers had 11 shots "They were all over us," said Ryan Callahan…"We knew that if we didn’t play for 60 minutes we were going to be in trouble."
In the second, for example, Torey Krug’s long shot went through a screen and clanged the right post and out at 8:28. Jarome Iginla’s one-timer from the shot whistled high off the glass, and then Lundqvist made a huge kick save on Milan Lucic with his right pad in close at 14:57. In the scrum that ensued, Anton Strlaman and David Krejci started slashing each other and Chara and Brian Boyle (eventually) dropped the gloves, a battle won easily by the Bruins’ defenseman, who bloodied the Rangers forward. Lundqvist also stopped Krug with his right pad with about three minutes left, and Lucic again with 1:16 to go. Nash finished the scoreless period with a big blocked shot.
Richards: "These last two games we haven’t played near as we good, in the Nashville game, our execution was really good. For the last two, for whatever reason, it’s gotten away from us."
Nash curled out of the right corner, beating Bergeron, and slid the puck inside the far post at 13:04 of the first, just 1:22 after Marchand’s opener. It was Nash’s second in two games and third of the season. Then, with Benoit Pouliot screening Rask, Ryan McDonagh took Derick Brassard’s pass and fired in his sixth of the season at 14:26. That was it, pretty much. Not enough challenging of Rask. Dorsett might have helped in front and maybe gotten some of the Bs off their game.
Oh joy, Torts in town tomorrow. You know he'd love to stick it to Slats and his former players...Think Vigneault would like some payback from tonight, too. Should be entertaining.