New York Rangers Lose First Match Of The Season At Madison Square

Updated: October 29, 2013

On a Monday night full of expectations and for New York Rangers’ season to really kick off as they started the day before last end the day yet again before last in The League and Pittsburgh continue their streak of form to contend with San Jose Sharks as Buffalo Sabres sit bottom of their Divison, Conference and The League after their defeat to The Dallas Stars.

Montreal Candiens 2-0 New York Rangers 

Canadiens : Plekanec, Galchenyuk

The Rangers put pressure of Montreal early on in their first home match of the season with a shot from Moore stopped by Budaj and the save falling in front of Kreider who still failed to put the puck into the net glaring right in front of him. Budaj made a total of 27 saves getting a shut-out. Rangers conceded when The Candiens quite simply out-passed New York in their own area as they were a man down due to a power-play and Plekanec put it in with a backhanded shot. New York Rangers were obviously getting caught out by Montreal as they rushed up ice on nearly every occasion. Montreal capitalised as Rangers played high up and Gallagher (who continued non-stop to threaten Rangers’ defence) rushed up ice and a few passing exchanges in front of goal led to Galchenyuk putting it in.

Dallas Stars 4-3 Buffalo Sabres  

Dallas : Fiddler, Goligoski, Seguin, Benn

Buffalo : Moulson (2), Ott

Fiddler got a goal for Dallas early on as Buffalo barely attempted to take the puck of the opposition and as Fiddler was in front of goal the puck slowly slid in as the defender and goaltender pushed each other preventing both from getting near the puck. Moulson got his first goal of the game as Buffalo rushed up ice playing 4 on 2 and a smooth pass across the goal let Moulson just tap it in. Miller was called into action to make an outstanding save after a Whitney shot from far out went onto the post then Miller reacted brilliant to dive in the way of Chiasson’s shot from the rebound. Goligoski scored as Buffalo’s defence basically switched off almost expecting an offside call to be given in the build-up to the goal scored not long after the call wasn’t given. Seguin got Dallas’ third as Myers turned over the pick in his own area and a loose puck was quickly picked up by Seguin who only has to shoot past Miller. Buffalo’s failure to clear the puck out of their zone proved costly again as they were caught in their own area and a cross-ice shot to Benn was put into an open goal. Ott got Buffalo back into the game as a pass found its way through The Dallas defence and to Ott standing right in front of the goal on a power-play. Moulson gave the Buffalo’s some hope in the second period as a loose puck in front of the net was tapped in easily by Moulson. Dallas then held on to the lead although The Sabres amounted a lot of pressure.

Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Minnesota Wild 

Chicago : Sharp, Brookbank, Leddy, Kane, Saad

Minnesota : Pominville

Unlike the scoreline reflects, Minnesota dominated most of the first period with Crawford making a fair amount of saves. Sharp opened the scoring when the puck fell to Sharp behind the goal and with enough time and space he just got himself on a good enough angle to shoot the puck in. Minnesota pulled one back as Stoner cleared it from his zone to Granlund who dummied it past the defender and then passed it to Pominville to score a slapshot. As the puck went all around the net, Backstroom flew all over the place not knowing where the puck was and as it came to Brookbank and the shot came in, Backstroom didn’t have enough time to get back up. Chicago got a power-play goal late in the second period as the puck was cleared as far as Seabrook, he passed it just across ice to Leddy who shot and scored. Chicago stormed through the third period as Saad drifted wider from the net with the puck but a clever turn and back-hand pass to Kane left only to put it into the net. Minnesota’s defence started falling over each other and falling asleep as a simple pass from Keith found its way through the Minnesota defence to Saad who had a large amount of space between himself and Backstroom giving him the opportunity to take it around him and put it in the empty net.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Carolina Hurricanes  

Pittsburgh : Glass, Kunitz, Megna

Carolina : Gerbe

Carolina were lucky to not be down and out before the first period finished. Peters was their man to thank in goal, but for the first goal there wasn’t a lot he could do about it as Magna’s shot was saved by him but the rebound came out to Glass who was unmarked. Carolina pulled one back as a pass in front of goal from Lindholm reached Gerbe who put it in from close range. A great pass by Crosby to Kunitz through in across the face of goal left him to tap the puck in to put the Penguins back in the lead. Crosby was a part of the third goal as well when his shot was deflected into the path of Megna who only had to slide the puck into the empty net. Fleury was unfortunate not to have his performance rewarded with a shut-out as the outcome of the match could have easily been a lot different if Fleury hadn’t played in goal.

Washington Capitals 2-3 Vancouver Canucks 

Washington : Chimera, Grabovski

Vancouver : Kassian, Kesler, Sedin

Vancouver continued their good run of form by beating Washington Capitals. Drama hit early as Washington were awarded an early penalty shot, but that didn’t bother Canucks goaltender, Luongo who saved Ovechkin’s penalty. Vancouver opened the scoring as they cleared the puck in to the neutral zone and with only Kassian and Higgins against three Washington players, it seemed like there was no danger, but a couple of simple passes between Kassian and Higgins led to a Kassian shot that crept under the goaltender. Washington levelled the score as The Canucks failed to clear the puck and a shot from long range went under Luongo’s legs and to Chimera behind him who put the puck in the net. The Capitals got lucky as Vancouver failed to capitalise on statuesque defending playing short-handed in the third period. Washington put themselves into the lead for the first time in the game when Chimera did well to keep the puck against two skaters while rushing up ice, then when in the attacking zone, steered the puck into Grabovski’s path for him to slam home. Vancouver quickly pulled one back as Washington’s goaltender let loose the puck then Kesler took a wristshot to put it in. It only took The Canucks about two minutes to get another as Sedin floated far from the goal in the attacking zone then just took a poweful wristshot to win the game for Vancouver.


NHL article written by Seb True

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