Flyers Smother Rangers

Thursday, January 21, 2010

You knew it was bound to happen… the Rangers were on a nice offensive streak with 14 goals in their last two games and the Flyers definitely knew it! What transpired was a large, orange blanket that the Flyers threw at the Bueshirts’ offense and limited them to only 5 (maybe 6) good scoring chances on this night.

Philly was the better team from the start. They out forechecked, backchecked, and took away all the momentum the Rangers had going into this one. All of the scoring the Flyers would need came off a James van Riemsdyk backhand rebound on a breakaway. Henrik Lundqvist made the first save, but gave up a terrible rebound right back to van Riemsdyk- who made no mistake with the put back. The second Flyers goal was an absolute killer for the Rangers. While trying to kill a Marian Gaborik penalty at the very end of the second period, a failed clearing attempt by Chris Higgins turned into a back-breaking PP goal with 2.5 seconds to go in the period. The goal deflected in off of Marc Staal’s skate and went into the net just before the time expired in the period. You have to be better than that and know the situation of the game. Just a bad play and it turned into a fluke goal- which essentially killed the Rangers on this night.

There’s really not much else to discuss about the game itself as it was played. The Flyers were better, not by much- but just enough. Case closed. Now we can talk about some of the festivities that occurred during the game. To me, the fun stuff started when Arron Asham was allowed to run over Henrik Lundqvist. Sorry, if the NHL isn’t going to protect him- then a teammate should have. As a player, if you haven’t figured out by now who your bread and buttger is (The King) then you don’t belong on the ice. Next, we have Marian Gaborik tangling with Daniel Carcillo. Are you f*#!ing kidding me?! How did this happen? Carcillo showed how ballsy he was by grabbing Gaborik and then pummeling him to the ground. I know Gaborik dropped his gloves, but this is a mismatch of great proportions. Again… somebody? Please? Anyone should have been all over Carcillo- immediately!

I will give Sean Avery and Aaron Voros props for doing what’s right in these situations. First, Avery took on Scott Hartnell (who’s overall game, I personally like). One thing that I don’t like is a player who drops the gloves but wears a face shield. Case in point: Scott Hartnell. Sorry. That just doesn’t impress me one bit. Avery also took on Carcillo in a decent scrap a little later. You just got to love Avery and Voros (Who fought Asham) for providing the Rangers with some toughness and energy. If more Rangers would learn from these guys, it certainly would help in the long run.

Well, on to Montreal. Over and out!

17 comments:

greg m said...

i got to tell you watching carcillo pound on gaborik envoked the same rage in me as when i see schultz pounding i think it was dale rolf, all i want to do is get on the ice and beat there ass.might not be today and it might not be tomorrow,but carcillo will get his, hes a low class, heartless coward.i was glad to see at least avery and voros come to play and do what ever it takes...win or loose, they can walk with there heads up most of the time.what i cant get past is that while gaborik was gettin his ass kicked no one helped him,they watched.that bothers me.
but all in all that took rangers out of it from then on,and there broad st bullies tactics won out...14 goals in 2 games is an amazing amount to score and to think that pace would continue is unrealistic.i wont point any fingers at girardi but damn....does he even need a cup when he plays.this also took away from the fact that the nyr got shut out again...brutal maybe beatin up montreal again will get us back on track....
ps i told you a loss creates more hits than a win.haha win or loose i always got something to say.....and are they ever gonna put spell check oh here....lmao

Wrath of Sanity said...

Terrible game tonight. Extremely boring (as far as the actual game went) and disheartening.

As far as the scraps though... very entertaining. I still can't believe Gaborik and Carcillo fought... unbelieveable. Nice to see Girardi willing and able to defend our best player *rolls eyes*

Well... let's just hope we don't revert back to the 1 or none goal scoring over the next few. So very important in this tight race...

Jess Rubenstein said...

Excellent work Chris you hit every key point and sadly are too right.

To me the stage was set for everything when nothing was called on Asham for running Henrik. It set the tone for the game and in my eyes the edge for the Flyers

Jason said...

This was the type of game the Rangers have to win if there is any hope of competing in a playoff-like environment. Piling on goals against the Lightening and the Habs is nice, but those teams are far off from playoff contention. The old demons plaguing the Rangers all season long were on full display tonight. Your summary of the game said it all. Shut out in three of the last six games - nothing to write home about.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Greg, Your goaltender gets drilled and then your star player gets involved in a scrap. Wouldn't happen in my day and shouldn't in today's game either.

You cannot allow your "Bread and Butter" to be touched. That's what Lundqvist and Gaborik are to this team. Oh ya you were right about hits on Facebook...LOL

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath, The Flyers shut down the Rangers in almost all aspects of the game. Give them some credit.

As for Gaborik and Carcillo. Shouldn't of Happened period. Someone,anyone that is on the ice should have pounced on Carcillo.

The next few games are really important. Precious points are at stake.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jess, As usual the NHL is full of crap. Lundqvist gets run more than any Goaltender in the league. There should have been a penalty on Asham and Briere later on in the game.

That being said you cannot allow your puck stopper to be even remotely touched. The Ranger players need to do a better job of taking the law in their own hands in protecting the King. Same go's for Gaborik.

Jess, You were dead on about Asham's hit setting the tone it snowballed from there.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jason, I would have been more discouraged had the Rangers got the opportunities to score and misfired. Something they have done repeatedly over the last few years.

The Flyers did not allow the Rangers many good scoring chances period.You have to tip your hat to them. They knew the Rangers had a little something going offensively and were prepared for it.

Yes the "Old Demons' were slightly present in my view. Getting shut out is unacceptable at any time. We'll see how they react to Montreal, A place they have not fared to well lately.

RJC said...

Kotsy: This game was nothing short of an embarassment to Slats, Rangers player personnel staff and maybe Torts as well. This was reminiscent of Dale Rolfe. Someone is going to get hurt on our side if some men are not brought in. Remember - this wasn't event Minny with Boogaard and Scott. Haven't been this concerned/frightened for our boys in a long time. Kudos to Voros/Avery but just showing up won't do it - the scraps have to be won in order to make the point. RJC

snowcloud said...

I was ready to fall asleep until Lundy got run and when Gabs got pounded, I was HOT!

Girardi just STOOD there and watched? Come on! It isn't about penalties, suspensions, or winning games. It is time to honor your teammate. This team is soft as a baby's hands. Women's hockey is tougher than these guys. Girardi and every Ranger on the ice should be ashamed of themselves. Thanks for letting me vent.

Kotsy's Korner said...

RJC, I thought Avery actually won his fight with Carcillo and Voros also fared well with Asham.

I do have to agree with you though, What happened in this game cannot go unnoticed. You have to take matters in to your own hands.

Lundqvist should never be even remotely touched by the opposition. The same should be afforded to Gaborik. Unacceptable.

WALLY said...

Hey Kotsy, it's a tough year so far for both the Rangers & Flyers. Maybe the Flyers will slow down the pesky Pens today enough for the Rangers to get some points on Monday. Glad to see Ranger fans remembering the Flyer glory days!!! Hope all is well!!!

Talk Too You Soon

Kotsy's Korner said...

snowcloud, Vent away my friend. There can be no excuse's for what happened. Players must protect their their own. Especially the the star's of your team. Hockey hasn't changed that much, Has it?

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wally, Ranger fans just like Flyer fans still remember the good old days LOL.

Jason said...

I wonder how many embarrassing outings an NHL team can endure in a single season with nary a change in the organization other than a customary fourth line substitution. I wonder how the participants in this debacle can look at themselves in the mirror while wearing the uniform of one of the oldest teams in hockey. I wonder where the buck stops. Maybe another encore performance on Versus against the Penguins (that alone is enough to make any hockey fan outside steel city cringe) will rock the boat? I am not counting on it.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jason , Sometimes I feel like I have my finger on it and sometimes I don't. Figuring this team out is like riding a roller coaster.No consistency.

Sather has been trying desperately to make deals over the last month and a half. Teams are reluctant to bite because of Cap considerations.

Leatherneck said...

Hello Chris,
Well here I am in Cleveland, Texas, and can you say My Cousin Vinny...hahaha..place I am staying has a train going by at 1 am..no internet access...wow..but in all I am glad I made the move..So Gabby scraps and no one to his aid? I really am not puzzled by that. We both have agreed that the Rangers have had character issues for several years, ie that post i made just before i left Vegas when the Rangers played the Isles and there was no emotion...It was sad to watch when you compare the rivilary we had with the Isles back in the 80's..I just hope we can regenerate that type of Hockey yet once again...So..not sure when I'll post again..until then Chris be well and talk soon

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