Rangers fall to the Stars in Overtime
The Rangers fell behind the Stars 1-0 in this game, when the refs decided to call a slashing penalty of Dan Boyle, even though he did not swing his stick and break a Stars’ players stick, he leaned on it. Or so that was what Ranger Radio Analyst Dave Maloney said during the broadcast Sunday evening.
This penalty gave Dallas a 2-man advantage and they were able to score a Power Play goal when Jason Spezza beat Cam Talbot. The Rangers did however tie the score at 1-1, when Carl Hagelin was able to tip in a shot by Kevin Hayes for his 11th goal of the season. But it was short lived, as Dallas came right back and scored the go-ahead goal when Erik Cole beat Cam Talbot through the five hole.
I am going to go there right now and speak my mind concerning Cam Talbot in particular and goaltending in the NHL in general. Does any goalie know how to use his glove to actually catch a puck when it is fired at them? Does any goalie in the NHL know how to use their goalie stick and place it between their pads to help close the five hole because they cannot close their legs quickly enough to stop the pucks fired at them? It is becoming more and more of a problem in the NHL. Way too many soft goals are being allowed throughout the league and I am sick of it. The pads are huge, the glove is huge, the blocker is huge and the stick is huge. Can anyone cut down angles? Can anyone close the five hole with their stick? Can anyone catch a puck with their glove without that god awful flourish? Just catch the puck and hold it!
Back to the game. With less than 2 minutes left, the Stars were called for a delay of the game penalty, which was a horrible call, as the puck did deflect off of the glass and go out of play. The refs called the penalty after conferring, even though the replay showed otherwise. This made up for the bad call on Dan Boyle back in the second period.
The Rangers applied pressure and Kari Lehtonen, the Stars goalie miss played the puck, Mats Zuccarello shot it on net and Chris Kreider deposited the puck into the net to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained scoreless and it headed into OT. But there barely after a minute had gone by, Cam Talbot was beaten by Ales Hemsky and the Rangers lost 3-2.
This goal was not shot threw a screen, there were not a group of players in front not in front of the net. It was just Cam Talbot letting the puck sail over his right shoulder and into the net for the loss.
A frantic finish wasted in OT as the Rangers drop two over the weekend and just scratch out a point, when they could have gained four. This is the reason that GM Glen Sather MUST go out and find a veteran goalie to split the time with Talbot. I do not think Cam Talbot is good enough to play every game for a three week span. And if he is forced to, it can severely hamper the Rangers’ playoff chances. And I for one will not stand for it. Slats has to do something, because the only alternative to Cam, is 20 year old McKenzie Skapski, who is playing in his first professional season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.
Slats, you MUST do something!!!
DAL: Jason Spezza (10) (PPG), Assisted by Tyler Seguin & John Klinberg
NYR: Carl Hagelin (11), Assisted by Kevin Hayes & Kevin Klein
DAL: Erik Cole (14), Assisted by Jason Spezza & Ales Hemsky
NYR: Chris Kreider (12), Assisted by Mats Zuccarello
OT: DAL: Ales Hemsky (9), Assisted by Jyrki Jokipakka & Jason Spezza
Team Stats DAL NYR
Shots on Goal 25 36
Power Play 1 for 3 1 for 3
Hits 20 28
Face Off Wins 41 28
Blocked Shots 18 11
3 Stars of the Game:
3rd Star: Kari Lehtonen: 34 Saves on 36 Shots for a SV% of .944
2nd Star: Ales Hemsky: 1 Goal and 1 Assist
1st Star: Jason Spezza: 1 Goal and 2 Assists
Kari Lehtonen: 34 Saves on 36 Shots for a SV% of .944
Cam Talbot: 22 Saves on 25 Shots for a SV% of .880
The Rangers stay in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division because of this OT loss. They are now 30-16-5 with 65 points in 51 games.
They are 1 point behind Washington, who lost to the Flyers today 3-1, with 3 games in hand
They are 3 points behind Pittsburgh with 2 games in hand
They are 4 points behind the NY Islanders with 2 games in hand
All in all, it was a wasted weekend for the Rangers, as they only pick up 1 point instead of a possible 4.
The Rangers once again registered more than 30 shots on goal and allowed 25, but just like Saturday against the Predators, they lost, albeit, this time in OT. This is not acceptable.
Chris Kreider scored a Power Play Goal, had 4 hits and 3 shots on goal in 18:21 of ice time
Carl Hagelin scored a goal and led all skaters with 6 shots on goal in 16:54 of ice time
Mats Zuccarello registered a power play assist, 2 takeaways, 3 shots on goal in 20:44 of ice time
Kevin Hayes notched an assist, as did Kevin Klein
The Rangers fly to Toronto to meet the Maple Leafs on Tuesday 2/10
The rest of February looks like this:
2/12 @ Colorado
2/14 @ Arizona
2/16 @ NY Islanders
2/19 vs Vancouver
2/20 @ Buffalo
2/22 vs Columbus
2/24 vs Calgary (I will be at the Garden for this one)
2/26 vs Arizona
2/28 @ Philadelphia
My open memo to President and General Manager of the Rangers Glen Sather; please go out and sign a veteran goaltender to split the games with Cam Talbot. Cam has already played three games in a row, for only the second time in his short NHL career, and I do not think he can weather this storm. The Rangers have 10 games between February 10th and February 28th and that would add up to 13 games in a row for Talbot.
Right now, the only back-up is MacKenzie Skapski from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL and he is in his first season as a pro hockey player. Head Coach Alain Vigneault can only go to him if Cam is injured, so that tells you exactly what the Rangers are up against.
Slats MUST go out and get a capable veteran goalie to split time with Cam, but who?
I will have a list of goalies later this week, and do not forget to go online on Friday February 13th at 6:00PM to listen to In the Crease on Double G Sports Radio.
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