It's only Game 1 and we already have Henrik Lundqvist calling out his teammates for their putrid offensive effort, especially in overtime, during last night's 3-2 loss to the Bruins.
After being asked if his terrible playoff overtime record (3-11) was getting in his head, Lundqvist answered with this...
"Have I played bad in overtime? No. Can I score? No. Is it frustrating? Yes."
...i don't blame Lundqvist in the slightest for being furious. With three inexperienced defensemen in the Bruins line-up, the strategy was to come out and establish a strong forecheck. And with the exception of a few shifts from the Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett line, it was non-existent. Nothing from Cally, Stepan or Hagelin, who are counted on to be a forechecking force.
...pretty much one opportunity and done for the Rangers in the Bruins end. Very rarely was there sustained offense on the power play or even strength. Not sure I can recall once when the Rangers had multiple shots on goal during a possession. In overtime, I was pretty much just waiting for the Bruins to end it. Had zero confidence the Rangers would find a way to steal Game 1.
...and would it kill this team to put a guy in front?
...eight games and counting for Nash.
...btw, the Rangers potpourri fourth line got completely owned by the Bruins'. Torts needs to change that trio up immediately. The Boyle line would be much more effective against Thornton's line. Need to get Kreider and Richards back in the top nine. I know Richards is God awful right now, but he's not a fourth line player. He's been through the grind of the playoffs and knows what it takes to win.
...the most frustrating part is I felt they held up very well physically. Which is why I'm still very confident. Similar to the first two losses in the Caps series, I feel this one had more to do with what the Rangers didn't do than what the Bruins did.
Speaking of Lundqvist, not exactly vintage Hank last night...
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...not blaming Lundqvist for the loss as he's the last guy who should be shouldering any of the fault, but if the Rangers want to advance into the Eastern Conference Finals, he's got to stop both of those shots.
Here's full post game interview from Lundqvist...
Not sure why Torts is so against Kreider ...kid needs ice time...he's been playing well when he gets it...they should work him in more...anything to get some offense going.
Can't blame Lundquist for being frustrated. Must be tough to have to be perfect every night. The team owes him more than a few.
Brilliant on hanks part. Doesn't matter if its only game 1, why wait to say something when it's too late. Wake the hell up if you want to hoist that cup.
Richards should not be on the team let alone in the top 9.... did you see that no look pass cross ice in OT, that is hockey 101 right there.... The guy sucks and they should not wait to buy him out
I don't blame him one bit, he should call them out...He can't do it all...45 saves and the team can't find a way to win one for him...
@ Blog- Lundqvist's rebound control is usually not good. He wouldn't need to stop 45 shots if he handled first shots better.
Hank was so deflated in that interview. My heart hurt watching it. He fessed up to making a mistake that cost a goal. He put that right out there and explained exactly what he did "wrong." He held himself accountable. This team isn't the New York Lundqvists. He's right. He's not good in OT but...he definitely can't score in it. How many times has he made saves that should have been blocked from him? Let's give him a bit of a break today.
The NY Daily News nailed it with their headline, "Lundqvist puts up ‘help wanted’ sign"
44 saves on 47 shots (or something like that) not bad numbers but yeah, the king was not stellar. 4 off the post/crossbar. damn, we need to win when luck is on our side!
When you are struggling to score goals whether even strength and power play, and you have the lead in the third period, you have to find a way to steal the game on the road. Enough said. He let two shit goals in. He knows it.
You guys seem to all have seen his frustration at his teammates. I saw a lot of frustration at himself. He's a better goaltender than that and he knows it. He was pissed, but it looked to me like he was taking at least part of that blame for himself.
He's allowed to let off some steam in my book...he's carried the team, then on a bad night stopped 45...if not for Hank, the Rangers would have been blown out.
Hank needs to step up and take responsibility and show some confidence! To come out and outright give up on scoring goals is weak. If he puts one in the back of the net we have a win instead of a loss. Heck, he didn't have any shots or offensive zone time at all! How can he expect to score if he doesn't shoot! Hanks point production is not where it needs to be if he wants to single handedly win every game. The way he is playing he is going to need someone else to score. Unacceptable!
I an so pissed off today. We really let one slip away there. Just hope it doesn't come back to bite us.
Pete, I love Hank and the team doesn't sniff the playoffs without him, but he normally gobbles those two goals up. Plus Bruins hit four pipes and his rebound control was bad.
When a guy like Kreider, who Torts has to play but would be scratched if Clowe was healthy, gets PP time you know it's bad.
this postseason the Rangers have won every game in which they lead in hits, and lost every game they don't. Just sayin.
And then frustration sets in. Hank can't be perfect every game. But the real question is. Can the Power play suck this bad every game? Throwing away wins I tell you.
I agree, definitely saves Hank makes most of the time. Sure, we might have won if he did, but he still faced almost 50 shots. Rest of the team has to help this dude.
Wasn't Vintage? He stopped 45 shots. He is absolutely right, the team needs the offense to respond , he can't do it all.
What does Richards contribute to this team? Defense? Hardly. physical play? LOL.. Faceoff wins? Not since last year. Scoring? Nope. Leadership? Not from the 4th line. Shot from point? he never shoots on the pp. speed? Maybe slower than clowe.
It seems that Torts is loyal to a fault. This guy needs to be benched and allow Miller or Newbury to give the rangers a contribution that Bradley cannot.
Sarcasm at its finest :D
Actually I just checked and that's incorrect, they lost one in OT while leading in hits. My mistake.
@tygalpin While I agree he would normally save the 2nd shot. The first shot from Chara had some movement on it and when it got to him the puck was vertical on top of being a hard shot and slipped between his arm and body. It was just a freak shot that was much harder to save than it looked on TV.
@tygalpin He just looked off all night. Four pipes also and his rebound control was bad as well.