As the shortened regular season heads towards its conclusion, playoff hopefuls need every point they can get. Tonight, in Philadelphia, the Rangers suffered a costly 4-2 loss at the hands of the Flyers. For a full box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.
- Disappointing would be the best way to describe this loss. The Rangers just were not good enough to win this hockey game. Tried to turn it on in the third period, but it wasn't enough. Sure, they were victimized by some bad bounces early, but did not play hard, or well, enough to deserve a win.
- Costly is another word to use. Every team New York is fighting with for a playoff spot won tonight (Senators, Jets, Islanders, Capitals). Now tied for eighth place with Winnipeg but have a game in hand. Still six games to go, but not getting two points tonight may come back to haunt the team.
- Very rare that another goalie outplays Henrik Lundqvist. By no means did he cost his team the game, but Steve Mason was tested, came up big and won this game for his team. Hank wants that second goal back for sure.
- It's once again the Rangers needing their top guys to produce and come up empty. Rick Nash wasn't the offensive force we're used to seeing. I would've liked to seen more from Ryan Callahan.
- Don't underestimate the loss of Brian Boyle. Say all the negative you want, but Boyle is valuable to the team. He's a big body who can win faceoffs and has been better since the trade deadline. Hopefully it's just a minor thing.
- Brad Richards continues to play like he's become 38 overnight. The amount of overthinking and extra pressure he puts on himself is well documented and his performances continue to get worse and worse. I'm not sure what he can do differently to wright the ship for himself. For the Rangers to be successful, they need Richards to put up points. I'm honestly not sure he can do that.
- Mats Zuccarello was one of the few productive Rangers tonight. Scored a nice goal using a defender and was creating offense. Derick Brassard was also effective again. Both have added some playmaking skill to a team that sorely needed it.
- John Moore sprung Zuccarello for his goal and was impressive tonight. He knows when to join the rush and can make good stretch passes. I like his game. He earned more ice time tonight and for the next game.
- Jay Rosehill was the third star for this game? Really? Also, true class and high intelligence shown by the Flyers fans calling Del Zotto a "baby" for taking a puck to the mouth.
- Two HUGE points up for grabs Thursday night at MSG vs. the Panthers.
Oh, I forgot to mention how atrocious the power play was tonight. But all of you already knew that...
Brad Richards played nearly 18 minutes last night, a little less than usual....0 (zero) shots on net.....0 (hits).....lost more face- offs than he won. I wonder why this guy has a free pass? What does he provide? He doesn't make anyone around him better.
I thought the three most noticable Rangers last night were Brassard, Zuccerello and John Moore.
Derek Dorsett please get healthy.....Pyatt needs a rest!
Here is to Richards, Pyatt, Powe, and many more of these losers:
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@TheNYRBlog I don't know what's worse. 4-2 to Flyers, or 0-5 on the PP. What a forgettable evening.
@TheNYRBlog is it safe to say Richards = Gomez yet?
@TheNYRBlog Seems to be a trend
@TheNYRBlog the NYR have no business in the playoffs anyway. Brad is done, Nash is right back in Columbus nightmare, and Torts is toast.
Rangers didn't bring their "A" game, as usual, but Mason was great. Still, this team is underachieving and going no where. Richards is done.
Oh yeah .. almost forgot .. Can Richards stay on his skates whenever he takes a faceoff? The Rangers should bring in Yanic Perreault to teach these guys how to win faceoffs!
Ignore me....bleeding heart moment.....but I feel so incredibly bad for Brad Richards. He knows he's better than this, but it just digs him deeper into his own head when he tries to snap himself out of it. He was so desperate to win a faceoff, he was almost always falling down on the ice with the effort. It was painful to watch. He IS better than this, but honestly don't know what he can do (other than to say eff it and NOT think and just play) to get back on track.
I find it ironic that the first game Clowe, Brassard, Moore played the power play was practically unstoppable. NOW after they had time to be "coached" the PP sucks again. Common theme????? I'm guilty of saying get rid of this player, that player but now it's time for me to say get rid of Sullivan!!! He's a waste of an assistant coach. Is he the reason this team is so inconsistent? No. Is he the reason they are battling for the 8th spot in the East? No. I'm just tired of always calling out the players. Coaches are responsible for putting their players in a position to succeed and Sullivan has proven to me he cannot do this. It's my new angle ... Maybe just for today but it's my new angle for now!
Sorry, but Richards needs to be the 3rd or 4th line center and removed from the PP. He can't win a faceoff to save his life. He's slower than molasses. He regularly turns the puck over or makes an absolutely horrendous pass that gets intercepted. Half the time I notice him it is because he loses the puck and goes diving after the opposing player to knock the puck away.
Besides him, the dump and chase was full-on awful last night. Philly out-hustled NY to the corners after the dumps and then completely manhandled us along the boards. On top of that it seemed like 3/4 of the team dunked their sticks in butter cause they would easily lose control of the puck or make terrible passes.
Lastly, wtf is up with our players seemingly passing to Philly's defense when in our own zone? We would fight for a minute along the boards, dig the puck out, and lighly toss it up the boards to their defensive player. Talk about frustrating all around.
I was at the game last night and to say the Rangers were sluggish is way off, especially after the first period. They had 40 shots on goal. Sometimes you have to tip you hat the other goaltender. They dominated the play for most of the game.
Richards is totally lost on the ice. But, other than him, most of the rest of the team played well. I know people are questioning Clowe's toughness, but it is hard to not back off after you have been called for a soft penalty while you are trying to be tough.
@TheNYRBlog Moore is a stud and was a massive steal in that trade. He will be the top d man on this team in 2 yearsbetter then MCD
Embarrassing effort by a team who continues to be consistent in one area - their lack of urgency. Maybe this team doesn't deserve the 8th spot, because it's clear they don't really want it. Clearly we thought this game was a given. Our inept poweplay is killing us (again). This game will haunt us, and may in fact turn out to be way bigger then this team ever thought possible. Not good, and I hate to be the guy that single out players but man, What. The. F*ck. Is. Wrong. With. Brad. Richards.??!!
@TheNYRBlog sure did
Let them take a note from the Icelanders and how to play desperate!! That dump chase and cycle is not meant for this team! Did you see how we played carefree against the penguins after the trade??? THEN Torts implemented his stupid style on the NEW guys and BLAH!! Let them just fucking play! If they miss the Playoffs he must be fired that night!
@TheNYRBlog No doubt we had chances esp on PP against a poor Philly side. No Nash on 1st PP unit, really. Torts-style Hockey at its worst.&
Horrible PP, wished The King played better, Mason played solid & Flyers got a lucky bounce early for the first goal. Rangers did play strong in the 3rd!
This is also a combination of 100x different problems. That seems to be the rangers case really often, it's a bunch of small problems coming together to form one disaster. Lets see: Richards becoming a turnover machine, stretch passes predictable and not working, shooting only glove side even after Mason continually made a statement that he WONT be beat there, Nash having frighteningly bad games, Clowe stopped laying big hits and being tough tonight, Brassard and Hagelin putting in loads of effort but Callahan slumping, Stepan being horrible at faceoffs when they count, see what I mean? This team is cursed. It's always a boat load of small problems, not one big one.
Incredible how many turnovers the Rangers made. They are a bad passing team to begin with but tonite was as bad as I've seen them. Where were they in the last seven minutes playing against a team playing a back to back? Hank gave up two bad goals and if he isn't King for the night, the R's aren't going to win many
Del Zaster has regressed to his horrible playoff form of last year. Tonite everyone saw just how slow he is. Moore could end up making the Gaborik trade a very sweet one for the Rangers. The kid has poise and incredible skating ability. Torts gave him somef pp time.tonite and he looked okay. I haven't seen him make a real bad play yet..
Ryan Clowe? Can we please have our draft choices back. Other than a couple of fights and a great first game this guy has shown nothing, nada, zilch. No grit, no presence in front of the net, no hitting. Jesus, Feds was much better than this guy. No wonder the Sharks let him go when they have a chance to compete for the cup. .
It sure did. When do they turn it on? PP is beyond horrible. They don't have a clue and everyone is afraid to shoot. Maybe a bunch of goals against Florida will loosen them up.
forgot to say in the recap Moore>Del Zotto (in every aspect of the game)... heck the kid should be Qbing the PP, it can't be much worse than it is
If they lose to the Panthers, who NYI just embarrassed, I am calling it right now, the Rangers miss the playoffs and either Winnipeg or the Devils slip in
Spot on analysis of the game. Have the rangers scored a power play goal when del zotto and richards are on the ice at the same time? Those two cant shoot the puck on net if their life depended on it or touch the puck without turning it over. Taylor Pyatt is a waste of space on the ice, he doesn't contribute anything. I'm sure people will argue that he's reliable and torts can trust him but the rangers are 27th in the league in goals per game they need offense not reliability. Unlike asham or powe he doesn't fight or play on the penalty kill. It might be time to bring up one of the younguns
Seems like you forgot to mention Clowe in your recap. Which is understandable, since he was completely invisible... again. Are we still all on board for that 6 year extension?
The loss of Boyle is much bigger than people see. Steps can't win a faceoff for shit when it matters, neither can Richards. Brassard can on occasion. Moore was great tonight, I love watching him play, silky smooth skating and had that nice feed on the Zucc goal. but wow, is Thursday ever a must win.
I think we all saw the benefit of Boyle as the Rangers couldn't buy a faceoff when it counted with him out.
@RangerGuy99 I almost feel bad for Brassard, Zucc and Moore, they were visibly the only members of the team who showed up with energy and emotion last night, and just couldn't rally their teammates to get on the same level.
@RangerGuy99 Pyatt needs a rest......forever. On another team.
Yeah, we all needed that ... Zucc most of all!
Powe does not belong on that list ...
@karlstanton Equally disgusting.
@ChrisP Spot-on......ALWAYS!!! We did have a glimmer of hope in third when Mason gout hurt then by miracle was better once the TV timeout ended. If that goofball came the game Rangers would have won.
@Qwick32 Not until Sather can get another McDonagh in return for Richards. lol
@shishya100 Everything you said is right on the nose...Ryan Clowe hasn't done a thing since that 1st game...I like Bassard and Moore
@tygalpin You were spared.
@Josh6 Why not. Has Richard earned to kept being run out there everytime?
@GraigGiuliani Man, he's fallen off the planet. I guess this means he has a full grasp of Tortorella's system now.
@PenaltySh0t Moore really showcased his skills tonight. Was hoping Del Zotto wouldn't return so we could see more of them. Another brutal night by Del Zotto.