The New York Rangers (42-18-7) lost to the Chicago Blackhawks (36-25-8) by the score of 4-3, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...ok, deep breath Rangers fans. Just be happy this is happening now instead of at the end of the month. Effort was much better tonight, so hopefully they're starting to turn the corner.
...remember when the Rangers were able to hold leads in the third period?
...turnovers will kill you and they've been killing this team during this losing streak.
...at least the Rangers had only two chances to embarrass themselves on the power play tonight.
...-3 for Callahan tonight. Not going to see that too often.
...the Gomez for McDonagh trade is officially the biggest fleece job in professional sports history.
...13 goals against in the last four games for Lundqvist. That has to be a record for him.
...can't wait to see Mitchell when he's not fighting it.
...man, it would have been awesome for Prust to get the game winner.
...absolutely filthy move by Anisimov.
...i guess Richards got laid last night.
...Rupp has been throwing bombs in his last two fights.
...Rangers loss combined with Pens win tonight has lead down to four in the Conference and Division.
...off tomorrow then a seven game homestand begins with the Islanders on Sunday.
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that shot by odouya needs to be stopped... lundquist didnt look sharp tonite... i think hes getting too much rest... we need to get him in the zone... hes a professional athlete... im tired of the way sports are now with forcing players to rest... i understand giving a guy a rest here in there when u got 3 games in 5 nights but the more up play the more used to it u get and the more in shape u become also its hard to get hot and stay hot with too many days off... lundquist should play atleast 70 games a season
I love our team. A lot. And I love that we do everything we can to block a shot. But I get extremely annoyed when players put their sticks out when they can't get their bodies in front of a shot. Most of the time it ends up just going in the net since it just redirects the shot away from Hank or Marty. In this case, I'm referring to what Callahan did on the third goal. Either get in front of the puck, or let the puck get to Hank cleanly where he will make the save 90% of the time.
Paul, we were traveling and missed the game. This morning, however, I feel a thirst for a celebratory beverage.
I don't understand why Tortorella goes with the same..........exact.......players........game......in.........and.......game.......out
It's ok to sit Scott, or Rupp to get some offense in there John.
Hey, I have an idea. Maybe we should BRING BACK AVERY!!! With him on the ice we were 13-2 Just saying!!
While I am not thrilled problems are developing now, every team goes through periods like this, especially teams like the Rangers that are not especially deep and which have to scratch and claw for every goal and every win. They'll figure it out. They've worked too hard to totally blow this season. I have less confidence, however, that they will fix that awful PP.... a Torts trademark since he's been with this team.
In hindsight, I think we forget this team has 42 wins. Its a good thing that they're getting this out of the way now. Every team has a rough patch, and I think its crazy how it took 65 games to finally get one. We've been spoiled by the great record. Things will turn around.
terrible mood after this, nothing is going right. Everything is messed up. We scored first, had a lead in the 3rd , and are playing a back end of a back to back...thats like a win every time. wow.
We really need a 5-1-1 homestand...or something like it. The Piitsburgh game is a must win of the highest order. That team is downright scary right now.
Its really simple. This team is an elite team when their defense and goaltending is on lockdown. They are barely a playoff team (if not worse) when its not. Their offense doesnt have the ability to pick up the slack when the defense/goaltending falters...other top teams do have that ability and thats what seperates them from us.
How you feel about this team going forward probably depends on if you think our defense going down the toilet and average goaltending lately is a slump...or if its something more i.e our back line being worn down, out of gas and/or they were playing above their heads the first 60 games.
Yeah... now that teams are giving their A game to the Rangers and gearing up for the playoffs... not as dominant as the record shows huh? Nash was a need, not a want at the deadline.
@TheNYRBlog That go ahead 'hawks goal? So funny to hear Cally deny the deflection, but Hank confirm it. Everyone's got somethin to lose.
Way to keep it positive. Amazingly I think you have a good amount of power over thousands of people and you just made lots of nights better. Anyway, we better beat the Isles.
@TheNYRBlog a record for him in non playoff games anyway. He's had a few rough ones there. Ok I'm just piling on now I'll stop haha
@TheNYRBlog #nyr Thanks. Good points about Cally and the King. Should help get some folks off of the ledge.
@JoshKaye especially when ur that high out... its an easy shot to save let ur goalie make the save... if u can block a shot with ur stick in the slot thats one thing but out at the blue line if ur not gonna get all of it then leave it alone
@Beckfan5 If we had someone else to put into the game I'd agree. But considering Scott, Rupp and Mitchell were not the reason we lost, I have no problem with them on the ice. They forced the puck into the Hawks zone, and have done a solid job the past few games.
When Dubi comes back, Scott will most likely be the one to sit, and hopefully he can provide a spark. As for bringing players up from the Whale, I don't see Zucc making a huge impact, but he could make a bit of a difference. Our leading point guy down there, if I'm correct, is Newbury. He will do squat.
@MikeL1981 7-0 or bust lol
@IMLazzaro Nash acquisition would have been shortsighted. It isn't Cup or bust for this team. They are building something special. You really would have been happy losing Dubinsky, McD, Hagelin and Kreider for Nash?
@nyranjer1 Appreciate that. Still in first place and plenty of time to turn this around before the playoffs.
@NHNYR88 Make mine a double.
if u give zuccarello powerplay time he will make the powerplay alot better... the guy could be the best passer on the rangers besides maybe stepan and richards... u cant put a guy like zuccarello on a line with rupp and mitchell and play him 7 minutes a game and expect him to produce... put him on the third line with dubinsky and boyle... id rather have zuccarello over fedetenko or mitchell or scott or rupp... fedetenko is useless
@MikeL1981 @IMLazzaro @GraigGiuliani @KevinDeLury Its a moot point. No one can say for certain that if they got Nash then all would be right with the world. The fact is they didn't, And I don't see the point of arguing about it. I'm glad they didn't get him, but if they lose to the isles I might go full-on lemming...