Archive for Andrew Wisneski

Rangers Shutout in Game 7

The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0.  Alex Killorn scored on a backhand shot from the slot through a screen about 2 minutes into the third period, and Palat scored with a nice shot on a 3-on-2 with about 9 minutes left in the period. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, the Rangers took 22 shots on goal.

Comments:

-Well, that was a tough one.  After an impressive showing in game 6, along with the Rangers history in game 7’s at home, I was feeling very confident going into this game.  Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa executed their game plan perfectly and won the game.

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Rangers Lose 2-1 Again, Will Face Elimination Friday

The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals by a score of 2-1. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves, the Rangers took 29 shots on goal.  The Capitals now have a 3-1 series lead.

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Comments:

-Boy, that was a tough loss.  A win tonight would have been huge for the team, and I think most people would be very confident in the Rangers chances to eventually move on.  Unfortunately it did not work out that way, and they have their work cut out for them moving forward.

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Stepan Plays Hero Twice as Rangers Defeat Blue Jackets

The Rangers (51-21-7) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a score of 4-3.  For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves, the Rangers took 42 shots on goal.

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Comments:

-First off, before the game Cam Talbot was presented with the Steven McDonald extra effort award.  Congrats to him on the honor.  Officer McDonald offered his some motivational thoughts to the team as he normally does, as well as making sure to note how a former award recipient (Dubinsky) was on the ice tonight as well.

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Rangers Beat the Sens, Clinch a Playoff Spot

The Rangers (47-19-7) defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-1.  For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 23 saves, the Rangers took 32 shots on goal.

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Comments:

-I really don’t know what the main highlight from this game should be.  They defeated the Hamburgaler, TANNER GLASS scored, and they clinched a playoff spot.  Either way, it was an impressive game tonight for the Rangers.

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“Noted Jerks” Beat the Rangers

The Rangers (46-19-7) lost to the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2.  For the scoring, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 31 saves, the Rangers took 36 shots on goal.

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Comments:

-This was a tough game tonight.  The Kings, despite the fact that they currently in the playoffs, they clearly are still a very strong team.  They were able to dominate the forecheck and play along the boards, and really made it tough for the Rangers to do much of anything in the defensive zone to move forward.

-The Rangers actually got off to a fast start tonight, Miller made a great rush up the boards and then behind the goal, before passing to Zuccarello who beat Quick.  From that point on, the Kings really took over.  Talbot made some big saves, but also a costly turnover behind the net on the second goal.  Nonetheless, it was only 2-1 Kings after 2.

-The Kings came out flying in the third, and scored an early goal when Carter was left open in front for a tap in.  A few minutes later, Muzzin scored, which essentially sealed the deal for the Kings.  They sat back (they only had 4 shots the entire period) and were intent with waiting it out.  The Rangers kept peppering Quick with shots, and managed to score on with about 4 minutes left when Hayes scored his 14th.

-Overall, aside from some defensive breakdowns, the Rangers weren’t awful tonight.  They had their chances (36 SOG), but Quick played well, and the Kings capitalized on their chances.  I think the play of Miller and Fast was a big positive tonight.  They both have looked good lately, which is a promising sign as the team moves forward.

-Next Game

The Rangers will go to the land of the hamburglar.  Hopefully none of the players get hit with hamburgers during the game.  They will face the hot Ottawa Senators at 7:30 on Thursday.

Rangers Shutout by Chicago

The Rangers (44-18-7) lost to the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 1-0.  Brad Richards scored the only goal of the game. Cam Talbot made 30 saves, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.

Comments:

-This game certainly had a playoff feel to it.  Neither team had much room to operate on offense, and both goalies played well.

-The Rangers had a goal waved off in the first period after the ref lost sight of the puck in the crease and blew the whistle.  Moore had tapped it in but of course it was no goal.

-Talbot once again played really well, the goal he gave up came just after a great chance for the Rangers in which Boyle hit the crossbar.  As the Rangers scrambled back after the rush, Richards ended up with the puck all alone in the slot and patiently shot it past Talbot up high.

-The Rangers were outshot 17-10 in the third period.  The teams had been essentially even going into the third, but Chicago, who was playing for the second straight night, was able to kick it into another gear and win the game.

-The Rangers powerplay continues to hurt them.  They had an opportunity with four minutes left, but did not capitalize.  They seem to be struggling with zone entry and puck retrieval lately on the powerplay.  Once they set up they get some chances, but often miss the net or take a shot that is easily saved by the goalie.  They really need to work on this moving forward, and take advantage of powerplay opportunities.

-All in all, the Rangers lost to a very good team tonight.  It would have been nice for them to at least be able to force overtime, but Chicago played very well and earned the victory.

-Next Game

The Rangers are off until Saturday.  They will travel to Carolina to face the Hurricanes for the final time this season.