Jumping into arms is a thing

Game in a Sentence:

Despite getting the start they wanted, the New York Rangers had these feisty Senators claw their way back into the game and even up the series thanks to an OT snipe from Kyle Turris.

Observations:

- Any time you go up 2-0 in the first ten minutes of a game, you can’t really have anything go much better for your team especially when you’re on the road AND when your special teams are clicking AND get you both of those goals. This game was the Rangers to lose.

- Unfortunately for the Rangers, the Senators were the stronger team at even strength and really out-chanced them throughout the game when the teams were playing with an equal number of skaters.

- Glenn Healy (obligatory groan) spoke to the ineffectiveness of Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards during the second intermission and in my mind the reason why is quite simple. Carl Hagelin plays a bigger role on that line than most people give him credit for and many forget that the chemistry just wasn’t there prior to his addition to the line. I expect them to be much more noteworthy once Hagelin returns.

- One of the reasons we needed overtime in the first place tonight is the number of blocked shots the Rangers amassed. They have been very good at keeping the majority of Ottawa’s offence away from the crease and getting their bodies in the way of shots.

- The Sens also won the battle of the lower lines. Odds are if the Rangers had their bottom six on the ice they were getting worked over while the Sens bottom six held possession very effectively.

- Ending Milan Michalek’s cold streak was a big plus for the Sens. He just hasn’t gotten many bounces and hasn’t made the impact he did during the season. Ottawa needs him to be an offensive threat and ideally this goal gets him rolling. Now we’re all just waiting around on Jason Spezza…

- Erik Karlsson is playing very well right now and logging big minutes. That being said, don’t read in to all of the attention being paid to his shift length. Of the roughly 27:00 minutes he played tonight, 7:00 came on the power play. Odds are if the Sens have a man advantage Karlsson will stay out for the duration of the PP, hence his shift lengths are inflated. Much ado about nothing.

- I didn’t have a huge problem with Marc Staal’s hit on Jason Spezza in the grand scheme of things. Don’t get me wrong, I think it should have been a roughing penalty, but those who want some sort of Shanahan enforced discipline need to jog on. Had Spezza not put his head into Staal’s chest it would have been a solid body-on-body shove which happens any number of times a game. Unfortunately Staal got in on Spezza’s head and the play looked bad. Again, the contact could have been avoided/lessened, but a two minute minor would have done the job fine.

- It was just a matter of time before Kyle Turris scored in this one. The guy had several excellent scoring chances over the span of the original 60 minutes and just couldn’t get the bounce and roll. His OT strike took bounce and roll out of the equation. Great shot.

- On the game winner, Anton Stralman needs to either block the shot or get the hell outta there. He had good positioning on Turris and I don’t understand why he felt the urge to go down off of his feet. Lundqvist would have had a much better chance had his teammate not obstructed the puck.

- The Senators goal horn, if it wasn’t before, got real annoying after the game. I know that’s not analysis. It’s me preferring the guy on the horn wasn’t pretending he was coordinating the sound swells on the Inception soundtrack.

- This series has turned into a sort of unexpected gem with some hard fought battles playing themselves out in tight games. Looking forward to game five. I think the Rangers take it at home and send it back to Ottawa with a lead.

My Three Stars:

1) Craig Anderson
2) Kyle Turris
3) Chris Neil

Comments (8)

  1. The sens having been coming back on teams all year long. No surprises here…

  2. Spezza got slashed pretty good there too. No suspension but I cannot believe nothing was called on it at all. I know refs are reluctant to give a team a 5-3 in the third period of a playoff game but something has to be called there.

  3. Was at the game last night, and I could not believe the inconsistency with the refs. It was almost like they were set on calling almost everything (hence the two light -for playoffs- penalties early that resulted in Rangers goals) and then decided to swallow their whistles. A couple of key instances:
    When one Sens player was skating low looking for an outlet pass, a Ranger came and put him in a headlock from behind. There was a ref standing 3 meters away who missed it.
    When another Sen was being pinned in the goalie crease for about 5 seconds, and kept getting pushed down. Very obvious to at least blow the play dead, nothing happened.
    Finally, Spezza’s hit to the head, which (as you said) doesn’t deserve anything from Shanni, but needed a 2 minute in game. No call.
    There were other calls that went in the Sens favour as well… but in my opinion, the refs are not consistent right now, or if they are they’re consistently swallowing their whistles. In every game they’re missing serious penalties (Torres and Hossa anyone) and need to pay a lot more attention.

  4. I don’t think the hit on Spezza even warrants a 2 minute penalty. Players have to take at least a little responsibility for themselves at some point. He skates towards the defense relatively slowly with the puck and has his eyes looking straight at the ice, and his head down to stomach height. He has to either get rid of the puck and veer off, or take the hit. Staal had his arms down and frankly could have punished him a lot more.

    I think the reffing in the NHL has been atrocious for a few years now, and the suspension situation is insane right now, but this was s clean hit.

  5. obligatory groan is right, can it be thing where Healy never ever commentates another Sens game?

  6. glenn healy isn’t the problem. Bob Cole is literally awful. I dread cbc games for ottawa throughout the year and then come playoffs I have to listen to it every game. I miss denis potvin.

  7. So, the lesson learned is this:

    1st period: Don’t do anything that remotely looks like it could be a penalty!
    2nd period: Play with the imaginary line that it could/could not be a penalty.
    3rd period: Free for all! Except the obligatory puck over the boards in the defensive zone and a blatant stick to the face drawing blood (unless you’re Jeremy Roenick).

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