Final: Rangers 4 Bruins 3 F/OT

From the Rangers:

– Ryan Callahan on blocking shots…
“That’s how we won so many games last year. That’s our identity that we’ve been trying to build and we always talked about for the past three or four years, and that’s when we’re successful, when we play that style of hockey.”
– Rick Nash on Marian Gaborik…
“He opens up a lot of space. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and people better be aware when he’s out there. For me and Richie (Brad Richards) it opens up a little more space which is important.”

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • It wasn’t perfect, and they almost let it slip away, but the Rangers picked up their first win of the season and showed a lot of the character and work that helped them win last year.
  • That first goal was as nice of a goal as you will ever see.
  • Marian Gaborik was great and picked up where he left off last season by doing his work close to the net. That line has some moments.
  • Ryan Callahan was a monster tonight

Rangers game notes after the jump

Team Notes:
– The Rangers defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden for their first win of the season.
– The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 14 games against the Bruins, including six of their last eight meetings. New York improved to 21-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06.
– The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their last 15 games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on November 20, 2005.
– Tonight’s contest marked the 18th time in their last 23 meetings that the Rangers and Bruins were separated by one goal, dating back to March 24, 2007. It is the seventh time the two sides required extra time during the stretch. The Blueshirts improved to 11-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
– The Rangers were credited with 25 blocked shots in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, four blocked shots. Brian Boyle, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Halpern were credited with three blocked shots apiece.
– The Blueshirts out-hit the Bruins, 28-20, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, nine hits.
Player Notes:
– Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring with a pair of goals in a span of 2:13 in the first period, and notched the game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime for his 14th career hat trick and fifth as a Ranger. He also tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, was credited with three blocked shots and posted a plus-two rating in 21:05 of ice time. Gaborik has now tallied seven goals and eight points in the last six games against Boston. His five hat tricks as a Ranger are tied with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th most in franchise history, while his 14 career hat tricks are tied with Jaromir Jagr for second among active NHL players.
– Taylor Pyatt notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 14:53 of ice time. He has tallied two goals and a plus-two rating in the last two games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 1-2-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 record at home this season. The win was his 20th career victory against Boston, and he is now 20-7-2 in 29 career games vs. the Bruins. His 20 wins against Boston are the most versus non-Atlantic Division opponents.
– Rick Nash tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), tied for the game-high with six shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating in 20:35 of ice time.
– Brad Richards registered an assist and a plus-two rating in 20:20 of ice time. He has tallied at least one point in each game this season to lead the team with four points, and is tied for the team lead with three assists in three contests. He also leads the team with a plus-three rating on the season.
– Derek Stepan recorded one assist and three shots on goal in 22:14 of ice time. He is tied for the team lead with three assists in three games this season, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist, was credited with three blocked shots and logged 25:24 of ice time. He has now recorded two assists in the last two games.
– Marc Staal registered an assist and was credited with three blocked shots in 23:22 of ice time.
– Ryan Callahan led all skaters with nine hits and four blocked shots, and led all forwards with 23:08 of ice time. Dan Girardi logged a game-high, 26:47 of ice time.





764 comments
a57se
a57se

Good attitude Todd...

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Except this is completely incorrect. Marrone did that, not Gailey. Swingandamiss.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes...oops. Your attempt to be a baby and gripe was not researched and silly. 

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Haha, of course. 


For those curious, 57 stamped his feet about Gailey drafting Manuel over Geno so "what could he know about QB evals" until it was pointed out he was wrong. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

The Bills did draft QB Levi Brown out of Troy in R7#209 in 2010, so I suppose we can hang that millstone around his neck.


HAHA LEVI BROWN SUCKS CHAN GAILEY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT QUARTERBACKS

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Chan tried to sign a failed top-10 LT at QB? 


Hahahahahahahaha. What an IDIOT. 

williamg1
williamg1

This will all be straightened out once Chan gets a profootballfocus premium account. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Omg. 


57, tell everyone your thoughts on WAR. 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I'm fine with giving Geno all the reps this summer 

funkymonk
funkymonk

@MarshRandy I'm also fine with giving Geno all the camp reps. Fitz is still rehabbing anyway, and he's a vet. But not letting them duke it out in preseason makes no sense. Let the best QB play. Even a minor improvement in QB play for this team could result in 4 more wins.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@Brendan I know. We're talking about Ryan Fitzpatrick here, the guy is no savior 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se The wrongfully-arrested and charged Mike Goodson who is now having all charges dropped? GOOD JOKE, 57!

Brendan
Brendan

@MarshRandy Fitz threw an interceptable pass more often than Geno did last year. Fun times. 

Brendan
Brendan

@MarshRandy He's just not Geno. I get it, I'd be perfectly fine getting a different scented garbage taste in my mouth with Fitz, but I am at least aware he's also garbage. 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@Brendan Geno can be fun to watch.  On occasion hehe.  I think we're gonna see both this season anyway 

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@Brendan @MarshRandy 

I think your not looking at the turnover ratio. With a big defensive team a QB who can turn it over at half the rate is going to make an enormous difference.

Brendan
Brendan

@OriginalNick Turnovers have a lot to do with luck. Throwing a pass that can be intercepted is more player-controlled. Fitz is on the same level of poop Geno is, he's just luckier and slightly better at not creating TO's. 

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@Brendan @a57se 

Serious question. Are they saying their were no guns involved at all? If so should not Goodson sue for lost wages?

 

Brendan
Brendan

@OriginalNick They're saying the gun that the driver originally took ownership of was, in fact, the driver's gun. Even though the guy then renegged on the story, it was in a locked glovebox without Goodson's prints on it. 


It was a scummy move by the prosecutor and I said it at the time. 

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@Brendan @OriginalNick 

So it wasn't Goodson's car and his buddy simply had a gun in a locked box that Goodsen did not know anything about?


Or was it his car, but his buddy was driving it?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @Brendan @a57se

No, the driver copped to possessing the gun and said that Goodson didn't even know it existed (which makes sense, since he barely knew the guy and it was in the locked glove compartment of the car that wasn't his)

Brendan
Brendan

@OriginalNick The former. Goodson was also incapacitated and puking on himself, which is what got them caught (the driver stopped the car in the middle of a highway while Goodson was getting sick).

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@tsjc68 @OriginalNick @Brendan @a57se 

Pretty scummy dude to let a guy like Goodsen get in his car and risk his NFL career. I'd have been like, sorry man you probably shouldn't be in this car wink wink. Then it's on Goodsen if he goes with him.

 

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@Brendan @OriginalNick 

Slightly? Doesn't one have a 2/1 ratio and the other something under 1?


Pulling these numbers out of air, so please im interested in the actual ones.


 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @Brendan

Basically, Geno threw a lot of picks and Fitzpatrick threw a lot of balls that should have been picks but weren't, because the defender dropped the should-be-INT.


http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2015/2014-adjusted-interceptions


Geno had 13 INTs but should have had 15.  Fitzy had 8 INT but should have had 13.  And, since Geno had more attempts, Geno's adjusted INT% is 4.1% and Fitzy's is 4.2%.


They both threw interceptable passes at about the same rate, but Fitz got luckier with fewer of those interceptable passes actually being intercepted.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @tsjc68 @Brendan

Probably pretty similar as well.  Geno had 8 fumbles last year, Fitzpatrick had 5.  And again, Geno had more dropbacks than Fitzy.


They're pretty equivalent.  Geno turns the ball over more, but not by a wide amount or anything.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@OriginalNick @Brendan Like when we were evaluating Sanchez, do you look at the raw numbers overall, or do you look at his statistical progression from year 1 to year 2 and project similar improvement?


The problem with Sanchez as he became statistically better, he also started to exhibit troubling tendencies, which resulted in a 4th year that was in some ways worse than his rookie season.


Geno has a better skill set than Sanchez and has the physical capability of being better, but will he progress or regress?


Chan got the most out of Fitz.  I wonder whether Chan broke down Fitz, looked at his college tape (Harvard runs primarily a spread offense) and modified his offense to play to Fitz's strengths?  If Chan does the same for Geno, maybe there's hope that he'll progress.


I'm not holding my breath, but Geno fulfilling his potential is the best possible outcome for the Jets this season.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@tsjc68 @OriginalNick @Brendan It's definitely valid to look at fumbles, but when did overall turnovers become something that QBs are evaluated on over INTs?


Warren Moon sure must be happy that he doesn't play for the Jets in 2015...the fans would kill him for his fumbles.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @SackDance99 @tsjc68 @Brendan

This is true.


I prefer Fitzy over Geno, even though they both generate turnovers, because Fitzy has been more prolific at generating yards and touchdowns.


That being said, Fitzy was only really that prolific at it in Buffalo playing for Chan Gailey, so maybe Chan thinks that what worked for Fitzy there will work even better with Geno here.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@OriginalNick @SackDance99 @tsjc68 @Brendan Geno fumbled 8 times and lost 3.  I'd say his 8 fumbles on a per snap basis is probably average on even slightly better than average for an NFL QB.  Josh McCown fumbled 10 times and lost 4, for instance.


So, my point is that looking at fumbles and adding them to turnovers in evaluating Geno isn't fair.  INTs, sure, fumbles?  He's average, it's random (he could have just 5, but lose all 5), and isn't indicative of how good a QB is (Luck led the NFL with 13, losing 6).


SackDance99
SackDance99

@tsjc68 @SackDance99 @OriginalNick @Brendan On a per play basis, if Geno carries the football like a loaf of bread and fumbles, criticize him.  But, he's no better or worse than any other QB and maybe a little better because he runs a fair amount.


Wilson might be the smartest young QB I've seen in a long time, so who cares that he fumbled 11 times (and lost 0, which seems almost statistically impossible)) or Big Ben fumbled 9 times and lost 5.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 You're teetering, don't fall into the abyss. None of this is news, they're just trying to get people riled up. 

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 You know what always makes me forget life's troubles....


WEED!


*leaving work immediately*

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @williamg1

Its crazy, because I planned on rolling one up about 1 hour ago, but have been distracted with Geno. Thanks for getting me back on track. I need to stay focused on what matters most.