Sunday, November 1, 2009

Brunch With The Bruins - Ranger Recap

We were outshot 29-23, outhit 41 to 28 and out face-offed (you know what I mean) 25-21. We were penalized 10 minutes to Boston's 4.

On the other hand - we won.

And we won... weirdly. For us anyway. All season we had never scored less than 3 goals without losing. But yesterday we scored 1 goal and won, improbably, in a shut out.

The Goalies: Thomas for the Bruins, played really well – stopping .957 percent of the shots he faced. That's good enough to win most days. But not yesterday. Not against Lundqvist as his best. In baseball the term "stopper" means a star pitcher that can go out and stop a losing streak and get his team right again. In similar fashion, Hank rose up and pitched a shutout and got us back on track. He stopped all 29 shots that came his way for a 100% save percentage.

Special Teams: We were 0-2 on the PowerPlay – but made up for it by going 5-5 on the Penalty Kill. This was huge as it negated the big disparity in penalty minutes (10-4 favoring the Bruins).

The New Veteran Rangers with Gaborik back in the lineup made most what little noise there was. Gabs had the only goal and Prospal got an assist.
Higgins Suicide Watch: Chris had 2 more shots for a total of 26 on the season. Still no goals. Poor guy.
The Kid Rangers were quiet. Dane Byers played nearly 6 minutes without registering a shot. Gilroy and Del Zotto each had a shot on goal. Anisimov had no shots in 10:23 of ice time.
The Returning Rangers gave us one assist from Staal. Callahan led the team with 6 shots. Dubinsky had 3. But no goals.

Defense on Offense: Just Staal's assist. This unit has been quieting down – which is not good.
In Conclusion: It's really good to not lose – but the offense continues to fizzle – particularly for players not named Gaborik. It's great to see Hank throw a great game out there – but he's not going to shut out everyone – so this isn't exactly a blueprint for winning hockey games. On the other hand – if we can keep this level of defense up and start adding back our offense – that would be a pretty powerful sign of better things to come.
The much needed win puts us at 9-5-1 and rights the ship. At least until next time.
Next Up: A day off today – followed by a trip to Vancouver to take on the 8-7 Canucks with a 10pm start on Tuesday.

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