The New York Rangers (43-30-5) lost to the Colorado Avalanche (49-21-6) by the score of 3-2 in a shootout, last night. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…don’t get me wrong, 2-1-1 on a Western Canadian trip is definitely solid, but after blowing a late lead last night along with the stinker in Calgary the Rangers should really be coming home 4-0-0. Not going to kill them for the loss last night as the Blueshirts were likely worn down from the trip or the altitude but that third period looked like a Tom Renney hockey team trying to hold a lead. And I think we all remember how well that usually works.
…McDonagh who? Defense stepped up big time in the absence of their
future captain injured teammate. I thought for the most part they did a great job of limiting the opportunities of Colorado’s top guns and I loved how aggressive they were in the offensive end, especially Klein (who knew?). Unfortunately, that aggressiveness burned them on Colorado’s first goal as Girardi got caught on a bad pinch as well as numerous other times which led to odd man rushes against. They need to be a little smarter on when to jump in and when to stay home.
…between not responding to the Burrows hit on McDonagh and giving the puck away on Colorado’s game tying goal, Girardi likely won’t be receiving a heroes welcome home when the Rangers charter arrives in New York.
…how ironic is it that the Rangers finally win a huge faceoff in their own zone and the puck still winds up in the back of the net to tie the game late.
…where’s Christensen, Dawes and
Jokinen Prucha in the shootout when you need them. Pretty sweet move by St. Louis, though.
…seriously, would anyone complain if AV used the fourth line to start the Rangers first power play against the Senators on Saturday? The Rangers wouldn’t have had to worry about losing a one-goal lead late if they could have just converted on one of their FIVE opportunities last night. Not good when the power play is losing you games.
…absolute snipe by Stepan. Makes you wish he’d shoot it more often.
…nothing puts a smile on my face more than Zuccarello mixing it up after the whistle around the opponent’s net.
…when McDonagh is ready to return, which sounds like sooner rather than later, AV is going to have a tough decision to make between Moore, Stralman and Diaz. While I’ve been on Stralman recently, Diaz hasn’t sparked the power play the way I had hoped and, at times, he gets pushed around on defense, so I think he’s most likely headed back to the press box.
…i said it yesterday, pretty nice having a top two defenseman on your second defensive pairing. Staal looked like pre-concussion, pre-gruesome eye injury Staal in 28 minutes of ice time.
…got to love AV using Carcillo to try and get more offense out of St. Louis. Too bad the two combined for zero points and a -3. Although, I did enjoy Carcillo getting in the face of Bordeleau after the Avalanche forward drew a penalty by diving.
…despite the Rangers leaving three points on the table during this extended road trip, their magic number to clinch is at two (can’t clinch with Caps loss tonight) and with the Flyers regulation loss to Columbus last night they also have a strangle hold on the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Division. Not bad considering where this team was the last time they were out west.
…travel day today, then Senators in town tomorrow.
Post game talk…