Rangers get a lot of shots, but are shut out by Anderson and the Senators

Bobby Bevilacqua


Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The Rangers (15-7-1) could not make it two wins in a row, as they were able to get more shots on goal but could not covert that into offense, falling 2-0 to Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators (14-7-1) despite a 33-20 edge in shots.

Recently, the Rangers have been the ones getting outshot and out possessed, but coming away with wins for the most part. Despite turning the tables tonight, they were shut out, mostly because their shots were not from high danger areas. The Rangers had some pretty good chances when they were able to break through the Senators’ defense, but Anderson answered the call.

There wasn’t a lot going on for the Blueshirts in terms of their usual breakaways, because the Senators did a really good job eliminating the Rangers’ speed game. Ottawa clogged up the neutral zone, pushed the Rangers skaters to the outside and mostly eliminated a lot of the good scoring chances. It was a pretty disappointing effort from the Rangers coming off of a game where they barely came away with a win over the Flyers, nearly blowing it in the third period.

John-Gabriel Pageau opened up the scoring in the second period after a defensive miscue in front of the net that left Pageau wide open in front of the net. Kevin Klein drifted away from his defensive coverage, which allowed Tom Pyatt to feed Pageau from behind the net for a tap in.

Towards the end of the second period, Mark Stone extended the lead to 2-0 on the power play. The puck bounced off of a referee on a clearing attempt, bounced right to Stone and he was able to fire it past Antti Raanta.

Special teams played a big role in this game, with the Rangers going 0-for-4 on the man advantage while Ottawa scored on one of their two chances.

The Rangers have looked a bit tired and frustrated lately, losing four of their last six games as holes start to show in the team. Their offense has been stopped in recent games, the speed is being taken away, and defensive holes are showing. It’s starting to look a lot like last season, where a hot start bases on unsustainable numbers eventually led to regression. We’ll see what happens, but it’s not a great sign as of right now.

The Rangers will look to build off of this disappointing loss when they take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh on Tuesday night.

Posted on November 28, 2016, in Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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