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Discuss: Rangers skate past Capitals on NHL on NBCSN Rivalry Night

Oct 16, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

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Rivalry Night on NHL on NBCSN was rather one-sided Wednesday night.

The New York Rangers scored twice in the second period but had the run of the play for pretty much the entire night in a 2-0 victory over the host Washington Capitals.

The Rangers, playing their sixth game of a nine-game road trip to begin the season, not only got the victory, but they outshot the Capitals 36-22.

Let’s discuss:

  1. fivetozeroingame7 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    It’s always Groundhog Day in Washington.

  2. lowenni - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Pathetic. As a Caps fan, I don’t think there is a team in the league that is mentally weaker than Washington. There are teams, such as Florida and Buffalo, that you can look at and just say “Okay, they’re probably gonna lose this game”. Washington should not be one of those teams. They have a great roster this year and have the potential to do damage. I find it infuriating that the only thing that keeps us from being a great team is a consistent lack of effort and hard work. We can be one of the top teams in this league, we just play like we don’t to be.

    • stakex - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      I think the problem is that you, like a lot of Caps fans, over estimate how good the team actually is. The Caps do not have the roster they had 3-4 years ago, and really lack any sort of decent secondary scoring threat.

      Effort was a bit of an issue as well, and that might be harder to address…. but I think the statement that “They have a great roster this year”, is simply false. They have a so-so roster that might have flown against the Southeast division, but its not going to fly with the new conferences.

      • prosportswashington - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        I think you’ve listened too much to the pundits. The problem is that they have scoring threats, but for some reason they are being awfully mis-managed. I’m not saying they would be dominant offensively, but they could be good

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Besides Semin, who only gave a sh*t half of the time, what “legit scoring threat” player have they lost in the last four years? They are more worried about passing and making a “perfect play” than just shooting the puck. Holtby is standing on his head in front of the net some games without guys there to help him out, and looks completely lost in other games, while Varlamov is a beast out in Colorado going undefeated.
        One of our “best defense-men” *coughGreen* has more goals than blocked shots every year. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be playing, but Carlson can’t do it all on this own while Green is concentrated on getting OT goals.
        Tom Wilson has promise, but he’s more worried about body slamming everybody than getting in front of the net. I could go on..

        The only thing I’m comfortable about so far this year is that when it’s all over, we won’t have to hear anybody talking crap about how Ovi “slept” the first half of the season. Except people who are just going to hate to for the fun of it.

  3. stakex - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There were signs that the Rangers were starting to put things together in the game against the Blues (undone by Biron’s colander impression), and tonight looked like the team people expected at the start of the year. They still struggled to put the puck in the net, but when their defense/goaltending are solid its not an end of the world kind of problem.

    The difference between the Rangers and the Caps is that the Rangers are a good, well balanced team that’s really struggling (though improving)… and the Caps are a mediocre team that’s just not that good. If their power play isn’t scoring up a storm or Ovechkin isn’t on fire the Caps aren’t going to win much. Their defense isn’t great, the goaltending is shaky so far, and they lack depth up front. That’s been a common theme for years, and its going to show more now that the Caps don’t have the SouthLeast to beat up on all year.

  4. earpaniac - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    The Caps are an average team. They have one great player, and a couple good ones. Compare their lineup to top teams, like Chi, Pit, LA, or Bos. There is no question it’s not close in terms of depth or talent. That doesn’t mean they can’t get hot or beat a top team, it just means they probably won’t, more than 30-40% of the time. They are a team that will beat most lower echelon teams, but can’t compete with the best night in and night out.

  5. blomfeld - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    OVI Rocks ! … seriously :)

    • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      OV is no doubt the #1 player in the NHL as recognized by PHWA, and his Hart Trophy award.

      • blomfeld - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Joey … I like you friend as you know, but on this one you’re wrong … the best player in the game today is Sidney Crosby, no ifs, ands or buts ! … truth must supersede everything … it’s always been that way and it always will be, God willing …

        *** special video selection for Joey and other ‘assorted’ friends ***

      • blomfeld - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        sorry about that ‘techno’ glitch man ! :)

    • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Yeah! You’re right! Sid is the best! 😉

      • yustasayin - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Jesus….there is a whole herd of you misfits!

      • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        back off yustasayin … seriously

  6. capsfan19 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Evidently we were feeling generous… You would THINK that after getting blown out, demolished, beaten up the last time nyr was in dc we would, you know, try and win. But we’re just good friendly people in the dmv.
    There was some really great chances that just weren’t going in for us. Chalk up yet another goal that points the finger at carlson for getting owned. ovi also just stood watch (not that he’s a defensive player but dude you were right there! Fight for it kid!)

    • barkar942 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Hey- I saw Ovi make a defensive play on Stepan where he did more than glide like the dead controller player in NHL13. He actually might have even saved a goal!

  7. stepanup - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Best game of the season for the Rangers. It’s early in the season, but I’ll characterize that as a big win, especially minus Del Zotto and Nash. The puck possession game in the second period was impressive. Hopefully they can build on that and finish the road trip around .500. Ryan McDonagh still owns Alex Ovechkin.

    • barkar942 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      That was why there were so few defensive turnovers. Del Zotto didn’t play! I knew there must have been a reason!

  8. xdj511 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Well, that was refreshing. The Rangers played solid D, got pucks to the net and eventually banged a couple in. AV now has a couple of days to sit them in front of the video screens and say “This. Keep doing this.”

  9. rpiotr01 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I think this means that, in order for NYR to be successful, they need to NOT be playing the best teams in the league, on the road, multiple times per week.

    Also means that AV needs to take baby steps with these guys, work on D and goal tending first and then move outwards. They’re built to be a fore-checking team, work with what you have and don’t try to play the same way you did when you coached guys with far more puck skills. Like it or not he has a team of grinders, play to your strength.

    • barkar942 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Thank you! Agreed! My exact complaints all along. It actually looks like that the guys on the team are getting through to AV on how they need to play for them to be successful.
      I still think the man to man in the defensive end is not as good as the zone they played under Torts, but they did look better last night on the boards and in their own end.

      • rpiotr01 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Man to man may not be as effective, but if done well it should help them move the puck out and avoid getting pinned in to their zone for too long. They always played excellent defense under Torts, but overall spent WAY too much time in their own end, a step too late.

        Obviously they have a lot of work to do there but that’s the game plan anyway.

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