Tough to watch when Lundqvist puts together a game like that and the team takes the night off in front of him. As good as the Rangers have been in their quest to get back to .500, they've put together some good 60 minute efforts. Tonight was the complete opposite. I know the Rangers had a game last night but they've had better showings earlier this season on the second leg of a back to back.
A big attribute to tonight's loss was the Kings' dominance in the faceoff circle. Anze Kopitar was a ridiculous 18-22. LA Kings centers not named Mike Richards were all over 60% win rates. Inexcusable with the "home ice advantage."
You can probably throw in the back-to-back-to-back listless power play's in the second period where the Rangers failed to convert on 2 man advantages twice. I actually agree with AV not calling timeout at the time. I guess he wanted to wear down the Kings' PK'ers.
Speaking of a "home ice advantage", the Garden was so quiet tonight I'm positive I overheard a Brian Boyle and Mats Zuccarello conversation on the bench talking about the pretty girl in the third row…
With just 4 goals in the last 9 periods of play, Rick Nash's return can't come soon enough. At this point, I could care less which line Nash is inserted into even if it bumps Zucc or Hagelin off of the top 6. AV tweaked the lines a bit heading into the third, moving Richards with Brassard. When Nash comes back, there's a possibility that there will be more aggressive line changes as the top 6 as it stands seem to have gotten a bit stale.
Add Ben Scrivens to the long list of backups who turn the lights out on the Rangers offense. To be fair, Scrivens has been fantastic since Quick went down to injury. Tonight's win propels the backup netminder to lead the league in shutouts with 3.
Nice try with the kick Dominic, you almost got away with one.
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