Six fights within the first 4 minutes to start out this Rangers/Caps recreation. A cross verify to the face. A bunch of misconducts. It’s superb what occurs while you don’t droop somebody when they need to be. The NHL introduced this recreation upon themselves and made the primary 4 minutes of this recreation a mockery. Issues settled down till Pavel Buchnevich cross checked Anthony Mantha within the face.
As for the precise recreation, the Caps are higher. That’s all there may be to it. The Rangers had been depleted due to accidents, after which had been much more depleted as a result of they despatched the NHL a message. The Rangers had been completely dominated within the hockey portion of this recreation. However I don’t assume many individuals care about that.
It was good to see the Rangers ship a message. Tom Wilson, the coward he’s, was held out for 2 intervals resulting from an “higher physique damage.” Which is a complete crock, since he was superb. Somebody stated maintain him off the ice. I very hardly ever need vengeance, however I’m glad Buchnevich, who 100% deserves to be suspended, knocked out a few of Mantha’s enamel. Eye for an eye fixed.
Caps 1, Rangers 0 – Caught
Ok’Andre Miller obtained caught on this, making an attempt to anticipate the move from Brendan Dillon, and that sprung TJ Oshie on a 2-on-1. Adam Fox took the move, and Oshie took the shot.
Caps 2, Rangers 0 – Not a lot else Fox might do
Adam Fox performed this nicely. Not a lot else you are able to do right here. Faucet your stick and transfer on.
Caps 3, Rangers 0 – Screens
Faceoff win. Screens. Good hockey purpose. Once more, faucet your stick and transfer on.
Caps 3, Rangers 1 – Chytilmania
Nic Down turned the puck over on the blue line, and the Rangers turned it. Filip Chytil gained the zone, obtained to the slot for a great likelihood, then obtained to his personal rebound. He knew Alexis Lafreniere was simply ready throughout the crease.
Caps 4, Rangers 1 – Oshie Hattie
I like Oshie. I actually do.
Caps 4, Rangers 2 – Morgan Barron’s First
Vanecek in all probability ought to have had this. However Zac Jones will get his second professional help on Morgan Barron’s first NHL purpose.
Shot Heatmap – No bueno
The Rangers obtained dominated. They had been lacking half their lineup in a roundabout way or one other.
Skater Outcomes – Wow that’s dangerous
What else is there to say?
This recreation was by no means concerning the hockey. It was about sending a message. The Rangers despatched a message to the Caps, the NHL, and to the Division of Participant Unsafety by triggering six fights to start out the sport. The remainder of it, to be frank, didn’t matter. They despatched the message. In a drama crammed 12 months, this wanted to be executed. I’m as new-school as they arrive, however tonight was wanted.