The New York Rangers (33-28-4) lost to the Buffalo Sabres (30-25-7) by the score of 3-2, last night. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...i just can't figure out how this team can come out so flat in such big games. I feel like we're in the movie Groundhogs Day. Slow start and then a furious finish that comes up just short. I know this team has been decimated by injuries, but there is no excuse for coming out that way for the second straight game at home. Having said all that, plenty of season left for the Rangers to turn this around and get into the playoffs.
...there's a lot of complaining about the refs the last two games, but I'm sorry when you score just three goals total in those games are the refs really the ones screwing the Rangers?
...this team needs to start finishing. I know All World goalie Ryan Miller was between the pipes last night, but guys like MZA, Stepan and Prospal need to bang home their opportunities. I know that's a bit harsh to say about two rookies but they're on the team so they need to produce.
...can someone please knock the crap out of an opponent in front of the net? Easiest spot to play against the Rangers.
...was it me or did Hank look real shakey. None of the goals were his fault but he never looked comfortable. Made easy saves look very difficult.
...six shots on goal for McCabe, who is looking real nice on the point on the power play. Wouldn't mind bringing him back on a one or two-year deal.
... i know he scored last night , but what happened to the Anisimov from the beginning of the year? The Rangers really need that guy back.
...Rangers really missed Staal on the pk.
...zero shots on goal in the biggest game of the season. Really Dubi?
...more bad news as Carolina and Montreal also won last night.
...off today than the Wild in town tomorrow.
Hank has looked really shaky for a while. Certainly not like what we have seen in other years. Almost appepars that he is lunging a the puck and pushng the away for rebounds as opposed to smothering them or using his great glove hand. No matter...we need the old Hank NOW.
It seems to me that we are now playing the same style as last year. Two poor or mediocre periods followed by a mad scramble to win in the 3rd. The solid 60 minutes we saw earlier this year has pretty much disappeared.
Not too many people had stand out games last night but sure would like to see the Cally-Dubi-AA line return to their old form.
Final thought.....even as an avid hockey fan I cringe when I see reporters being allowed to go on the bench in between plays to interview the coach. Knowing Torts this must really burn his rear end. Cannot imagine other sports allowing this but the NHL for some reason believes it adds colour.
hank didnt look good plus he was always screened, we had more chances then god, but no goals in the 1st. Idk how you decimate a serging capitals team at their home but cant pull off a win like last night. and why do the rangers suck at home msg should be a huge advantage, more then other arenas, but that last two years, it doesnt seem like it.
Can we just get the people in charge of the scoreboard to trick the Rangers and put up a 3 in the period indicator before the game starts? If this team could play every period like they do the third, they'd be unstoppable.Seems like we always fall into a hole first, but when we dont, 22-0 when leading after two.
2 tight losses coming off the two good wins and I'm not going to panic. Still the same team we've loved all year that wont quit. They could have thrown in the towel going down two goals to Miller, twice. But they kept coming.
The Rangers need to get that killer instinct and come out from the opening drop with the same intensity they show in the third. I think its a youth thing, they'll learn it.
I agree that Hank looked shakey. No bad goals but alot of rebounds which he normally controls. It seemed like he was trying to keep the play going in situations where he should cover the puck.
Earlier in the season we were coming back from 1 goal deficits to tie in the 3rd and win or steal a point, now it's the sane story every night. Beat on the powerplay not able to catch up pull Hank lose. Something needs to change or we're playing golf in April.