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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
It was an epic fail. A botched call so egregious it calls the National Hockey League’s entire replay review process into question and the worst blown call you will see — until the next one.
It was the latest argument for sending the Toronto War Room the way of the dodo and bringing some kind of sanity to the way calls are made in the NHL, because this isn’t working.
By now, you’ve seen the replay 1,243 times and you’re as baffled as I am. At the 6:20 mark of the second period Saturday night, with the Rangers and Canadiens tied at 1-1, New York centreman Kevin Hayes blows in on Carey Price, tries a deke and is stopped on a pretty good save.
Hayes’s momentum carries him into Price’s pad and in a play I’ve never seen in 50 years watching hockey, he drags the goaltender four or five feet away from the net. With Price conveniently out of the net, Rick Nash whacks the puck into the net and the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.
Review the goal here...
Coach's challenge, goal upheld, ruled incidental contact outside the crease
Added a YT version since some were having issues viewing the goal.
Shaw received 5 for interference, 5 for fighting and a game misconduct.
By Jonathan Hill,
The New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens this coming weekend who currently sit top of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. It’s a mouth watering tie with both teams currently in form and looking to take advantage of other team’s poor performances. Can the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers for the 31st time? Or will the New York Rangers show they are no pushovers and edge what could be a thrilling encounter? The game could be filled with goals, and below we’ll have a look at what we can expect to see from this matchup.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The theory in radically reducing Henrik Lundqvist’s workload so the Rangers’ franchise goaltender would be fresher for the long haul of a deep playoff run is certainly sound.
But in practice, it is not working.
Because there was yet another goal (or two) the goaltender would have wanted back in Friday’s dispiriting 4-2 defeat to the Maple Leafs at the Garden that followed a simple, yet stirring tribute to the late NYPD Det. Steven McDonald that featured a ceremonial puck drop from his wife, Patti Ann, and son, Conor.
Because it was yet another game in which Lundqvist, who seemed off-balance throughout, had trouble with his reads. Another game in which a funny one went in reasonably early to put the Rangers in a hole.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Henrik Lundqvist at The Players' Tribune,
Dear eight-year-old Henrik,
Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.
For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.
Tomorrow, you’ll get to play organized hockey for the first time at a real rink. You and your twin brother, Joel, won’t be able to contain your excitement. Your poor mom … settle down, please.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
John Tortorella waited weeks for adversity to appear over the horizon. As the 16-game win streak unfurled like an open stretch of highway, the Blue Jackets’ coach kept warning folks the top-down, wind-through-the-hair joy ride could not last forever.
It ended last night at 9:35 inside a stunned Nationwide Arena. It ended with backup goalie Curtis McElhinney unable to make key saves and reliable defenseman Seth Jones turning over the puck to the fastest skater on the ice, Michael Grabner, who scored a breakaway goal with 16.5 seconds remaining.
The Blue Jackets, arguably the NHL’s best third-period team, surrendered three goals and lost 5-4 before a standing-room-only sellout crowd of 19,001 fans.Having the win string snapped in Washington with a 5-0 defeat on Thursday is one thing. Blowing a 4-1 lead in a game the Blue Jackets were dominating is quite another.
“This one stings,” captain Nick Foligno said. “The last game, you can say it was the streak and we have to put it behind us, but this one really bothers us because we had enough goals to win the game.”
Game highlights are below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Maybe in their minds, the Rangers were partying the night away shirtless in Miami at the Bieber Bash.
Yeah, that must be it.
Because, honestly, there is no acceptable explanation for the Blueshirts’ collective forfeiture of Tuesday’s match against the 28th-overall club from Buffalo at the Garden by the afterthought score of 4-1.
They stayed on the stool, threw in the towel, pleaded nolo contendre. They couldn’t make a play, wouldn’t or couldn’t move their feet, couldn’t complete a pass, couldn’t construct more than a shift or two of coherence.
And the thing is, a game like this just a couple of weeks removed from separate yet almost equally odious performances in drubbings by the Penguins and Wild is enough to make you question the underpinnings, if not the validity, of this 26-13-1 enterprise.
The game highlights are below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
’Twas the ghost of seasons past at the Garden on Friday night for a 7-4 Rangers loss to the Wild that came three days after a 7-2 pasting in Pittsburgh.
The scope of the drubbings by these two very good teams not only will hang over the three-day Christmas recess, but also it prompted Alain Vigneault to give a coach’s version of ‘Bah! Humbug!’ ”
“As much as it might have looked that we gave a pass on the prior game, there is definitely not a pass on this one here,” Vigneault said. “We need quite a few players to up their level. This is a challenging league and to win, you better play well. Tonight we didn’t have enough guys playing well.
“There’s no excuse for tonight. We had one line — Step’s line — that gave its ‘A’ game,” Vigneault said in referring to the Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello unit that was zoned in from the start and was in on all four New York goals. “When you’re playing a team that’s won nine in a row, you have to bring your best and we had one line going.
“The rest just weren’t good enough, from the goaltender on out.”
The goaltender was Henrik Lundqvist. At least it was until he yielded three goals — on two of which he looked bad — on four shots within the first 4:55 of the second period. That was after he had surrendered a soft one to Mikael Granlund midway through the first period that allowed the Wild to tie it 1-1 after Kreider had opened the scoring at 3:54.
Below, watch the game highlights...
from Ruffled Lines,
Lindy Ruff up first...
On the Cody Eakin ejection:
“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second. When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”
Stars Forward Cody Eakin
On the play with Lundqvist:
“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”
On receiving discipline from the League:
“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”
Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault
On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:
“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....
If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...
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