The New York Rangers (3-7-0) lost to the Montreal Canadiens (7-5-0) by the score of 2-0, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…bottom line is this team needs to start scoring. Yes, the refs sucked and Budaj came up big when he had to, but they need to find a way to generate some more offense. Being shutout three times in the first 10 games is unacceptable. I don't care who's not in the line-up. On the positive side, the defensive breakdowns that plagued this team on the west coast have become more infrequent and the goaltending is back to keeping the Rangers in games.
…i never like to make excuses, but the refs were atrocious tonight. Absolutely phantom calls on Boyle and Kreider. One handing the Canadiens a goal, the other likely taking one off the board for the Rangers. Tough to win when you not only have to battle your opponent, but the refs as well.
…did Galchenyuk purposely redirect the puck into the net? Yes. Was it a distinct kicking motion? No. Did Miller purposely redirect the puck into the net in Philly? Not likely. Was it a distinct kicking motion? Yes. You see the difference? Sorry, you guys may not like that explanation, but it's true. Both calls were correct. You can kill me in the comments section.
…Lundqvist didn't have a ton of work tonight, but he looked a lot quicker between the pipes. Would like to see AV come right back with him tomorrow on Long Island.
…because shot blocking was such an integral part of the Rangers success under Torts, it was tough watching the Habs do a far superior job sacrificing their bodies to protect their goalie. Canadiens outshot blocked the Blueshirts 28-11.
…so when do we start worrying about Stepan? Wide open shot in front of the net and he buries it in Budaj's glove.
…man, that Kreider kid is exciting when he uses his speed. His first shift of the game was as dominant of a performance as you're going to see. Too bad Budaj's arm and the pipe got in the way. Got to assume it's only a matter of time before they start falling for him.
…man Stralman has been under the radar bad this season. Terrible decision to step up on Plekanec goal.
…never a good thing when the highlight of your night is another undisciplined penalty. If Pyatt is in the line-up tomorrow, I'll be convinced that he's hypnotizing AV with those magnificent blue eyes.
…with Callahan and Nash out, Richards needs to be better than one shot on goal.
…Dorsett has sort of been good since that disaster in St. Louis.
…was Perry Pearn invited to the pre-game festivities and sneak behind the bench to run the power play tonight?
…didn't realize MSG was transformed into a morgue. Damn that arena was quiet.
…it seems to me that the Rangers are just going through the motions. I'm looking at the box score trying to remember plays each of these guys made during the game and I'm having a tough time doing that because too many of them are invisible. Not enough quality shots. Not enough traffic in front of the net. Not enough forecheck. Not enough blocked shots. Not enough hits. And the biggest omission? Passion. Zero.
…teams often take on the persona of their coach. And right now AV's lack of energy and emotion is rubbing off on the Rangers players. With all the calls going against his team tonight was to perfect opportunity for him to make a statement by blowing up on the refs. Throw some sticks on the ice. Make a scene. Do something. Anything to get these guys fired up. I know key elements of the Rangers line-up are out, but I'm getting worried AV wasn't the right man for the job.
..here's a little late night transaction for you…
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 29, 2013
…guess Hagelin will be back tomorrow. Which should help give this team a spark.
…right back at it tomorrow night on Long Island.
Post game reaction…