FINAL: Penguins 6 Rangers 3

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • They showed flashes in the third period of the team from last season and I think we will see more than just flashes on Wednesday against the Bruins and Thursday against the Flyers.
  • They just aren’t executing properly. No-look passes, drop passes with no-one around but the Penguins, passes bouncing off of sticks, missed shots, blown coverages and too many penalties. These things need to be eliminated.
  • The Penguins are really good and, at least through two games, the best team in the East.
  • Rick Nash was good tonight and we saw what kind of offense he can create. The goal he scored seemed like a carbon copy of the ones in all the Nash highlight videos.

Team Notes:
– The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, tonight in their 2013 regular season home opener at Madison Square Garden.
– The Blueshirts out-hit the Penguins, 30-21, in the contest.
– The Rangers notched one power play goal in four attempts (6:00), while the Blueshirts tallied one shorthanded goal.
– Two Blueshirts notched a goal while making their Madison Square Garden debut in tonight’s contest – Taylor Pyatt and Rick Nash. The last time the Rangers had two or more players tally a goal while making their MSG debut as a Blueshirt was Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa – Vinny Prospal, Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik.
Player Notes:
– Rick Nash notched his first goal as a Ranger with a shorthanded tally, tied for the team-high with five shots on goal and tied for the game-high with four hits while making his Madison Square Garden debut as a Ranger. He has now tallied 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in nine career home openers.
– Taylor Pyatt registered his first point as a Blueshirt with an even strength goal at 6:04 of the third period, and was credited with three hits while making his Madison Square Garden debut as a Ranger.
– Ryan Callahan tallied a power play goal at 9:55 of the first period, and was credited with three hits and three blocked shots in 19:21 of ice time. He is now one point shy of his 200th career NHL point.
– Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play, won a game-high, 13-22 (59%) faceoffs, and led all forwards with 21:43 of ice time. He registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the Rangers’ back-to-back set to begin the season, after tallying a goal yesterday at Boston. Richards has now registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 12 career home openers.
– Derek Stepan registered two assists in the contest, including the lone assist on Nash’s shorthanded goal. He is now three points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied one assist, registered three shots on goal and logged a team-high, 23:35 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in four career home-opening games.
– Arron Asham was credited with two takeaways and assessed a fighting major while making his Rangers debut.
– Henrik Lundqvist (14-18, 29:11 TOI) and Martin Biron (19-20, 30:42 TOI) combined to stop 33 of 38 shots in net (one empty net goal).





196 comments

and be a real contribute asset to the team as well i might add as well


Bryce Petty is better than Geno Smith that is a no brainer. Jake Heaps which was a mistake to get rid of is way better than Ryan Fitzpatrick anyday s well clearly.Let's digest these 2 are rookies okay i agree but Geno loses games Fitzpatrick samething .Bryce and Jake are competive in college and know how to win games i digress with you there.Matt Simms can contribute as well

williamg1
williamg1

In 30 career games, Geno has just 6 games in which he threw more TDs than Ints.

By comparison, the awful Mark Sanchez managed to have 8 games with more TDs than INTs in his rookie year alone.

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@williamg1  Geno will have to be a new man to beat out Fitz for the job.

Fitz was always a quick thinking game manager. He just didn't know it.

Now I think(hope) he's learned he doesn't have a laser rocket arm.

With these weapons he should do very well until Petty, or someone else is ready.


SofarSogood
SofarSogood

The 2009 team was better than either the 2013 or 2014 teams. The 2009 team had a better OL, better D, and better WRs.

Pete 57
Pete 57

I think Rex stayed with the current QB too long (Both Geno and Vick), and tried to fix the problem by simplifieing the offense. When a player is hurting the team, they need to sit down. Same with Winters.

Now in defense of Rex, it seems he was told to play Winters and Geno. But that was Rex's fault for agreeing to let Idzik have any say in who plays on Sunday.

beandtj
beandtj

And a better running game. I'd say Geno was better when you compare all other factors.

Bent
Bent moderator

@SofarSogood


...and a better quarterback, judging by that stat.

Pete 57
Pete 57

I can see Bowles having little patience for turnovers at the QB position. Whoever starts the season, if they are turning the ball over, they will have a quick hook.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@williamg1 This isn't true.  Sanchez only had 4 games his rookie season with more TDs than INTs.  In his second season, he had 5, for a total of 9 in his 31 starts.


Geno has 6 in 29 starts.


Sanchez also had 5 games with 3 or more INTs.  In those games, all losses, he threw 2 TDs and 18 INTs.


Geno has 3 games with 3 INTs, all losses, and 0 TDs in those games with 9 INTs.


We forget that Sanchez was just as maddeningly inconsistent as Geno, with higher highs and lower lows (I'll never forget his 5 INT game against Buffalo at home...a game the Jets would have easily won, they lost in OT, if Sanchez had just taken a knee every time he dropped back).

inezsains
inezsains

Some thoughts on Jets QBs:

Fitz had a good statistical year last year.  He was never a take-over-the-game guy, but it seems he has learned to limit his mistakes.  With this defense, Fitz's game gives the team the best chance to win.

But... I'm a Geno optimist.

Geno has shown himself to be capable of playing at a high level.  He self destructs now and then, but the talent is there.  In his second season, his rating was a point below Sanchez's best season here.  He's hot and cold, and I read that as something worth tinkering with.

I compare the guy to Sanchez, but I do so as illustration.  Sanchez never really had hot streaks.  He was always "kind-of- cold".  


My inner conspiracy theorist tells me Geno will do much better under Gailey than he did under MM/Ryan. 


Did Ryan have a part in limiting Geno?

MM himself seemed to distance himself a bit from Ryan after the season when he noted that the Jets HAD an attacking offense at the beginning of the year.  He pointed out that this was true the previous year as well. 

Why did he bother to say this?  

Well, Ryan always responded to losses by expressing a desire to clamp down on his offense.  Year after year, fans had to watch the offense start well, then struggle, then nosedive into the mud for a game or two as Ryan preached "limiting mistakes".  

HIs OC, under pressure, would comply by dumbing down the offense to Sparano-level, bonehead simplicity.

I don't think Ryan can help himself.  He did this every year.  He sees the offense as 11 guys who lose games. 

Bowles/Gailey seem like a healthier duo for developing a QB. 

Geno is immediately better with Gailey's system, and with the fresh attitude toward offense that the new coaches bring.

I'm also a Simms optimist, by the way.   I have a theory on him, too.  Despite his dad's genes, he is pretty mobile, and reasonably athletic.  He also has his dad's arm strength.

What he has never shown was his dad's accuracy.

When the jets signed MM, I was thinking that the WCO's intense focus on footwork and timing might help Simms with his specific weaknesses.  OK confirmation bias, but Lee did mention that Simms improved as a player as much as anyone else on the team.

We'll see...  Maybe the kid carves out a career as a backup in this league.

Petty?  Who knows..




UpperUS2
UpperUS2

Mike Reilly received a tryout to the Brown's minicamp.


Interested Jet

D
D

is it me or does Geno;s 13 picks really feel like 27?

Monty
Monty

@D I dont know is it me or do jet fans hate on geno for no reason.. I really hope he puts it together so all you puffy white simms loving nerds eventually buy his jersey

Zartan
Zartan

Media hype/hate does that. Geno is a developing QB that can do no right. When the media says he sucks, he sucks( it's that simple :-/ ).

Casey Harden
Casey Harden

@D If you include fumbles, the turnovers were harsh and always seemed to occur at a critical juncture of the game. We were also so used to the turnover machine that was Mark Sanchez. TO's have killed the Jets the last few years.


hitchhiker
hitchhiker

My ***eyes*** tell me Geno sucks, which is what happens when QBs fumble when trying to change hands holding the ball behind their back (!!!), fumble when stiff-arming a defender (lulz), repeatedly fail to identify blitzers, blow off a pre-game meeting to see a movie, throw 3 INTs in 8 passes, etc.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Marcus Armstrong

I believe they were signed over a span of TWO days whereas my comment referenced the lightning quick signing of SEVEN players by Aponte over a period of only a few hours in ONE DAY !!!

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I wish Idjit would have put together a WR corps like this one that way we'd already know whether or not Geno Smith is The Guy. On the bright side, we'll know this year. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

Wall Street 2: Steiny Never Sleeps

Marvel
Marvel

Jake Heaps > Geno

Marvel
Marvel

I've literally never seen the guy. Don't even know if he's a real person. Lol

Marvel
Marvel

lol he's on the team.. Just don't know who he is. I'm gonna wait to see him until camp so I can be surprised !

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Marvel

What's funny is how much Jake Heaps and Matt Simms's college careers are parallels of each other.


Neither one of them was good enough to beat out bad college QBs so both of them made three wholly unimpressive stops at three different colleges (and failed to ever make a positive dent anywhere).

nesboogie
nesboogie

We're gonna need some luck getting good field position for our O lol

nesboogie
nesboogie

Seahawks picked up Austin Hill

bradysucks
bradysucks

I would have gambled and drafted L'ael Collins. That kid would have helped Geno

At this point Geno is just Rodney Dangerfield. Even Jets fans can't stand him and don't respect him. Rodney was loved if not respected

Tom Brady may be hated but Pats fans will always love the guy. When your own home town fans cringe at the thought of seeing you start your 3rd season as the team's QB it's a big problem - especially in the NY market. I hope for Geno's sake that Bowles gets rid of him quick if he doesn't show improvement with the dumb turnovers and poor decision making. Otherwise - it will get very ugly

fourbten
fourbten

You hit the nail on the head. We've seen enough of Geno to never accept him, and no one has the stomach to let him gradually improve, not that he could.

The sooner he's gone the better.

nesboogie
nesboogie

Bring Joe Mcknight back for Kick Returns lol. I remember those days where he was my only hope for scoring lol.