Scoring Chances for Playoff Game 3 vs Washington

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates after he scored the game-winning goal late in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just as the Game 2 loss had quite a few positives in the underlying numbers, this Game 3 win by the New York Rangers has a lot of negatives.  We start once again with the head to head table:

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This chart contains many more similarties to Game 1 than Game 2, where the Rangers struggled to find many/any favorable matchups.  Like Brandon Dubinsky last time, this time Artem Anisimov was steam rolled, especially by Alexander Semin who was +7 against Anisimov when the Caps were only +8 at ES all together (12-4 for the game). It should be reminded here that this only accounts for 5v5 play, and that neither Christensen's goal (5v4) or Dubinsky's (4v4) were credited chances anyway.  The goal going into Game 4 continues to be finding more scoring chances at even strength to test Michael Neuvirth.

Moving on to the other tables:

NYR Chance Assist COG WSH Chance Assist COG
Boyle 2 0 2 Alzner 0 1 0
Christensen 0 1 0 Arnott 1 1 1
Dubinsky 1 2 1 Backstrom 1 3 1
Fedotenko 1 1 1 Bgordon 1 0 1
Gaborik 3 0 2 Carlson 2 0 2
Gilroy 1 0 1 Green 1 0 1
McCabe 0 1 0 Johansson 2 0 2
Prospal 1 0 1 Knuble 1 0 1
Stepan 2 1 2 Ovechkin 2 2 1
Wolski 0 1 0 Semin 4 2 3
        Sturm 1 0 1

As one can imagine based on the H2H, Semin led all comers with a hand in 6 of the Washington Capitals' chances.  Marian Gaborik, gets the "god bless him he's trying award," as he's now logged 10 scoring chances in the series without a goal.   Most importantly, there's the signs of life from Dubinsky, who was in on 3 chances, even excluding his goal.

  WSH NYR
Transition 6 (1) 3
Zone Pressure 8 (1) 7 (1)
Dzone Turnover 2 0
Off. Faceoffs 0 1

Chance types have continued the same pattern, the Rangers get most of their offense from forechecking and zone pressure, Caps get theirs via a more balanced attack that is led by their transition game.  Not much of a surprise, and thus not much to explain.

  WSH NYR
Zone 1 6 (2) 4 (1)
Zone 2 1 1
Zone 3 9 5
Zone 4 0 1

If there was a positive to this game (besides the win of course), it's that the Rangers' defense has gone from allowing just 4/21 (19%) chances from the outside in game 1, to 6/12 (50%) in game 2, to 9/16 (56%) this time around.  Keeping shots away from Henrik Lundqvist is a good way to ensure success going forward.

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30113

Team Period Time Note NYR Opponent Str
WSH 1 18:08 Sturm 20 21 27 30 38 42 4 18 28 30 44 52 5v5
NYR 1 17:10 Gilroy, Fedotenko 10 17 19 28 30 97 21 25 27 30 52 90 5v5
WSH 1 11:12 Arnott, Semin 5 18 20 21 30 42 18 23 28 30 44 55 5v5
WSH 1 6:01 Johansson 10 26 28 30 86 97 4 21 25 30 52 90 5v5
WSH 1 5:46 BGordon 10 19 26 27 30 38 10 15 23 26 30 55 5v5
WSH 1 5:13 Carlson, Backstrom 10 17 19 27 30 38 8 10 15 19 22 74 5v5
WSH 1 3:06 Green, Ovechkin 19 23 27 30 38   8 18 28 30 44 52 4v5
NYR 1 1:17 Stepan, McCabe 10 17 20 21 28 30 15 21 23 30     5v3
NYR 1 0:45 Gaborik MS 10 17 20 21 28 30 15 21 23 30     5v3
NYR 1 0:27 Gaborik, Dubinsky 10 17 20 21 28 30 15 21 23 26 30   5v4
NYR 1 0:26 Dubinsky Rbd 10 17 20 21 28 30 15 21 23 26 30   5v4
NYR 2 18:40 Gaborik, Dubinsky 5 10 17 18 30   15 21 27 30 74   4v4
NYR 2 17:05 Fedotenko 10 19 26 28 30 97 18 27 30 74 90   5v4
WSH 2 16:48 Johansson 10 19 26 28 30 97 18 27 30 74 90   5v4
WSH 2 13:54 Ovechkin, Semin MS 5 17 18 19 30 42 8 19 28 30 52 55 5v5
WSH 2 13:34 Semin, Backstrom 5 17 18 19 30 42 8 19 23 28 30 55 5v5
NYR 2 10:21 Boyle, Christensen 21 22 26 28 30 86 19 22 23 30 55   5v4
NYR 2 8:25 Boyle, Stepan 20 21 22 26 28 30 19 22 27 30 74   5v4
WSH 2 5:18 Semin, Backstrom 8 20 27 30 38 42 18 19 28 30 52 55 5v5
NYR 2 4:18 Stepan, Wolski 21 26 28 30 86 97 4 18 23 25 30 90 5v5
WSH 2 2:58 Carlson, Alzner 20 21 28 30 42 97 10 15 26 27 30 74 5v5
WSH 2 1:00 Ovechkin, Arnott Goal Defl 5 8 18 21 22 30 8 22 30 44 52 55 5v5
WSH 3 16:32 Semin MS 20 21 28 30 42 97 19 21 23 28 30 52 5v5
WSH 3 16:26 Semin 20 21 28 30 42 97 19 21 23 28 30 52 5v5
NYR 3 12:00 Prospal Goal Rbd 5 10 17 18 20 30 8 10 27 30 44 74 5v5
WSH 3 5:14 Backstrom, Ovechkin 5 17 18 22 30   8 19 22 30 52 90 4v5
WSH 3 5:13 Knuble Goal Rbd 5 17 18 22 30   8 19 22 30 52 90 4v5
# Player EV PP SH
5 D. GIRARDI 18:02 2 4 0:41 0 0 3:16 0 2
8 B. PRUST 11:52 0 2 0:00 0 0 1:12 0 0
10 M. GABORIK 15:43 3 3 4:10 5 1 0:00 0 0
16 S. AVERY 8:45 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 B. DUBINSKY 17:22 3 3 4:44 4 0 2:14 0 2
18 M. STAAL 18:58 2 4 0:56 0 0 3:16 0 2
19 R. FEDOTENKO 18:35 1 4 2:59 1 1 1:02 0 1
20 V. PROSPAL 9:28 1 6 5:10 5 0 0:02 0 0
21 D. STEPAN 10:50 1 6 2:58 6 0 0:36 0 0
22 B. BOYLE 13:03 0 1 3:50 2 0 1:29 0 2
23 C. DRURY 5:37 0 0 0:00 0 0 2:21 0 1
26 E. CHRISTENSEN 4:33 1 2 4:21 3 1 0:00 0 0
27 R. MCDONAGH 17:12 0 4 0:30 0 0 1:12 0 1
28 B. MCCABE 8:49 2 4 7:27 7 1 0:00 0 0
30 H. LUNDQVIST 44:59:00 4 12 8:59 7 1 4:28 0 3
38 M. SAUER 17:25 0 4 0:39 0 0 1:12 0 1
42 A. ANISIMOV 11:51 0 8 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
86 W. WOLSKI 4:17 1 1 3:39 1 0 0:00 0 0
97 M. GILROY 9:51 2 4 2:51 1 1 0:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 6 1 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0
2 5 6 2 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
3 1 4 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 11 16 4 12 0 3 0 0 5 1 2 0

Apologies for the short summaries, the Jewish Holiday's leave me short on time. To those who celebrate, Happy Passover!

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