The New York Rangers (29-12-4) lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-4) by the score of 4-1, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...so I guess we can now officially say this team is in an offensive slump. Big guns on this team need to take look in the mirror, because Hank can stand on his head all he wants but if the Rangers can't score they're not going to win. A little too inconsistent for me lately, but far from panicking.
...i refuse to believe this team practices its power play. And if they are, they probably shouldn't admit it.
...tough third period for Staal who obviously isn't back to being the All Star defenseman we all know and love just yet.
...boy Stepan is going to get a workout centering a line with Hagelin and Gaborik.
...was Del Zotto actually trying to defend Malkin's first goal or just diving out of the way? Atrocious defense.
...Richards is now pointless in the six games since being dumped by Olivia Munn. Maybe Rangers fans should scrounge up a collection to buy the guy a hooker.
...speaking of pointless streaks, AA hits unlucky game number 13.
...assuming Dolan wasn't talking Stanley Cup after this one.
...i can't tell you how much I despise Callahan on a line with Boyle and Fedotenko. Talk about wasting a player.
...great fight by Bickel to infuse some energy into the Rangers. Which was rewarded by a whole five minutes of ice time by Torts.
...might be time to give Wolski a real look to see if he can help this team offensively.
...not going to get any easier as the Rangers visit the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon.
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I'd include Dubi as part of a package if we could land a legit scorer, like Nash. This team needs more guns and Dubi isn't providing that, unfortunately, because I like the other things he brings to the teams. I'm not panicking, either, but this team needs a few tweaks soon... to let the chemistry gel before the playoffs.
Offensively: 0 - 14 on the powerplay for the last 7 games is unacceptable. Torts needs to check up and crack the whip. Defensively: Staal is getting way too many minutes, is not himself and has been a liability out there. The fact that Torts gives him a pass is irresponsible.
@thenyrblog those bandwagoners are losers
Resisting the urge to rant about the freaking Pens fans with nothing better to do than blow up the comments on a rival blog...
Anyway, this loss was the first one in awhile that really disappointed me, because we absolutely could have - should have - won, but they didn't play well at all. And I hate the fact that now we're going into this game against Boston with a loss at our backs... one loss isn't so bad but a loss that has the potential to lead to more losses is REALLY bad. We needed that momentum.
Well, that'll about do it for me. Thanks, as always, for not banning, and taking it (mostly) in stride.
@thenyrblog They think they're trolling, but their "art" is nothing compared to real stuff. Weak imitation.
@thenyrblog what the hell is with that .gif?
@thenyrblog wow, that's obnoxious. And not even entertaining.
@thenyrblog holy spam
Please accept my apologies for the actions of the stupid amongst the Pens fan base. Every fan base suffers from these types of goofs, some more than others. Sorry.
@michaleksbrokenfinger go on...
@WetShoes Get the fuck up! You're on deck!
@8kpower That's their thing. They visit an opposing team's blog and pound the comments section with .gifs. Losers.
@ydnam That's the worst part. At least make me laugh.
@5_min_major17 Those guys are nuts. It's usually worse. All in good fun though.
@droolcity My daughter's going to love that one Neal. Big Sponge Bob fan.
@badvibesdude OOOOOOOOOH GOOD FOR YOU....
@badvibesdude come on man
why the bad vibes?
@badvibesdude Somebody needs to turn that frown upside down
@ATCRyan We got a win, instead
@thenyrblog Holy crap that's annoying...good thing they don't do that on Blueshirt Banter...we have enough problems with our own readers
@thenyrblog I was reading your post game on my phone and I was wondering why it took me forever to load lol
@WetShoes Maybe. I'm generally a sour asshole. I love you guys, but don't get too high off one win.
@WetShoes and ur still in 7th ,Congrats
@badvibesdude We're just enjoying it for a night. Lighten up, Francis.
@ATCRyan Thank you, sir