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from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
The Flyers were 8-6-2 after winning three in a row in mid-November, but since they've been outscored 30-16 and shut out three times in going 1-7-1.
Blanked 3-0 at home on Black Friday, the Flyers were outshot 35-22 in losing again.
• D Andrew MacDonald, traded to the Flyers last March and given a six-year, $30 contract extension in May, was a healthy scratch.
• The Flyers, after holding the Rangers to one shot in the first 11:37 of the second period, gave up 13 in being dominated in the final 8:23, including a goal that tied the game at 2-2.
• C Claude Giroux was given a double minor 1:00 into game after clipping Rangers C John Moore in the face with his stick. Derick Brassard made the Flyers pay by scoring a power-play goal at 2:50 for a 1-0 Rangers lead.
• LW R.J. Umberger, playing 14:54, was a minus-2 with no shots in his 16th consecutive game with no points.
• The Flyers allowed the opening goal for the 17th time in 23 games and 11th time in 11 road games.
It doesn't get any easier for the Flyers, they head west and play the Sharks, Duck and Kings starting Tuesday.
Martin St. Louis scored his 379th career goal to reach the 1000 points milestone.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Set to Bastille’s “Pompeii,” the video began with a shot of St. Louis with his hands on the top of his stick, head down and shuffling his skates during a pregame introduction, which was followed by a quick montage of goal celebrations through the seasons. That was followed by a replay of the triple-overtime, series-clinching goal St. Louis scored against the Washington Capitals during the 2003 first-round series, the first playoff series victory in franchise history.
That cut away to “With our sincere gratitude” before a replay of the double-overtime goal St. Louis scored against Calgary during the 2004 Stanley Cup final.
Then “For 13 seasons’’ flashed up on the board followed by a picture of the center-ice scene when the Lightning won the Cup, with a zoomed-in shot of a bleeding St. Louis with a smile on his face....
As the video concluded, St. Louis came off the New York bench, raised his glove to the fans and touched the glove to his chest, which he did on two occasions as the applause turned into a standing ovation.
“I was very flattered by the ovation, and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” St. Louis said. “It was great, it brought up a lot of memories, I felt I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved.’’
Watch the tribute video below...
But, the shootout goal by Dan Boyle was reveiewed and determined not to be a good goal, then the Pens score in the next round and the Rangers do not.
Dan Girardi did go the the Rangers dressing room but did return half way through OT.
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:15 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/New York Rangers game, the referee informed the Situation Room that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was prevented from doing his job in the crease. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal New York Rangers.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers’ inability to reproduce a consistent work ethic is the most disturbing aspect of their stutter-step 6-6-2 first month.
You can give them somewhat of a pass on their difficulty in making the first pass in their own end to jump-start the attack game.
The extended twin absences of Ryan McDonagh (who, truth be told, was playing at a C grade with the “C” on his chest) and Dan Boyle, compounded by John Moore’s five-game sabbatical that ended on Sunday, has robbed the Rangers of their best puck-movers.
And it is the first pass, the clean breakout that gets the puck as quickly as possible onto the sticks of the forwards, that serves as the foundation of Alain Vigneault’s coaching philosophy. The Rangers not only want to get the puck from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, they must.
This is not a team built to win physical battles. The more games the Blueshirts play, the more evident their lack of size and strength on the boards. They don’t win nearly enough one-on-ones. And with so much time spent chasing the puck in their own end, they then become a dump-and-change team once they finally clear the zone. In and out. One and done.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers had better hope this lost weekend represents a bottoming out, because if not, then how low will they go?
One night after a team-wide breakdown in discipline cost them a game in Toronto to a bad Maple Leafs team, the Blueshirts experienced a total eclipse of the heart in Sunday’s 3-1 Garden defeat to an inferior Oilers club that has the NHL’s worst defensive numbers.
“A lot of it was kind of the same as [Saturday]. We were chasing pucks and losing battles,” said Marc Staal, who struggled mightily. “We came out flat and then they just kept coming at us.
“It was unacceptable,” said No. 18. “It was a wake-up call for us.”
Henrik Lundqvist, blameless, disagreed. He said the alarm had rung before.
“It might be our second or third wake-up call,” said The King.
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