The New York Rangers (35-30-4) lost to the Anaheim Ducks (36-26-5) by the score of 5-2, last night. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...if Sunday was the most enjoyable game of the season, last night was the least enjoyable. Not sure what happened, they dominated the first five minutes, then a puck gets deflected in and their entire game got derailed.
...despite scoring, Gaborik was basically invisible the entire game. The Rangers need their top player to step up.
...i know Torts wants these guys to block shots, but get out of the way so Hank can save the puck.
...combined +9 for Dubi-AA-Cally on Sunday, -10 last night.
...obviously biggest play of the game was missed opportunity by Dubi in the third that Ryan was able to turn into a goal at the other end. Must be nice to have a legit first line instead of a third line trying to impersonate one.
...guess faceoffs aren't that big of a deal as the Rangers actually won that battle tonight.
...don't be surprised to see Avery in the press box on Saturday in San Jose.
...Rangers try to bounce back on Saturday against the Sharks.
We either have to give 60 minutes or we are done as the talent level of our team is not that deep yet. Still can make the play offs which is so important for simply the experience when you have so many young players.
We did not show up last night but did also get beat by a pretty big and talented team. We will get to that level in the next 2-3 years. What surprised me about Anaheim is that they are fighting for a play off spot. I guess they have games where they do not show up for the entire 60 minutes as well.
Final thought......in a league where youth is the way to go, ironically it looks like Koivu and Selanne have plenty left in the tank!
Guess heading out early to the OC didn't help the team. Definitely the worst effort put forth by the Rangers since the Devils game. Callahan and Dubinsky were both minus-4 and on the ice for all 5 Anaheim goals. Staal and Girardi played way too soft against Anaheim's big line. Those lines/pairs have to be harder to play against. Gotta put this game behind them and prepare for Saturday's game. Need 60 minutes of effort from everyone.
One thing that really bugged me - Lundqvist gets bumped TWICE in the third when the game is pretty much over and RANGERS DO NOTHING! Rangers shoulda been bumping Ellis as they're the team behind and needed to get things going. Message to rest of league - go ahead and run our best player...we won't retaliate. Lundqvist should give his teammates an earful - stop deflecting pucks into our own net and freakin back me up out there!
And to make another comment about last night's game, I thought that the deflection goals (besides the first off Girardi) were just a product of not committing to the block. Let's admit it, we are a blue collar team. And we have to be 100% committed to that. When you're going out to the point to block a shot, you don't turn away. You stand in the shooting lane and keep your body square.
Even though its human nature to turn away (and I guarantee 90% of the readers on this blog would never stand in front of a Visnovsky shot), the players need to take one for the team. I'm not saying it's easy, but by now you need to know what your role is and Torts better be screaming at them to do the same.
I've been thinking a lot lately about gaborik, and i just don't think he's such a great player that everyone hypes him up to be. You watch him now, and he doesn't really do anything special when he has the puck. He's just a shooter. And as great as his shot is, I just think there's a real big downfall to that. He is the one player the opposition knows they have to watch, and he makes it quite easy for them for the most part.
If you watch other elite players, or even good players on the rise, they make things happen when they have the puck. They can go through people on a 1-on-1. A great example was last night. Just watching Bobby Ryan enter the zone and he just creates space and time and makes a great play every time. I just feel like that when Gaborik had the puck for pretty much the first time all game in the third period and was coming in 1-on-1 he just has nothing. He just tries to shoot it through the screen. He doesn't have that explosive move to the outside. I'm not even confident that he's going to make anything happen.
Let me know what you think about my observation.
When I say retaliate - doesn't have to be illegal run at Ellis. Can be big legal hit against Selanne or Koivu, the smaller finesse players. Or go hard to the net and force their D to push you into Ellis. I don't believe in gooning it up late in the 3rd, but if teams are going to run your best player, you have to respond.
@trueblue31 He's just way too inconsistent. The skill level is there but if you look over the course of his career he's on one year off the next. Not sure if all the injuries are in his head which makes him hesitant or not.