The New York Rangers (20-20-2) lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-12-1) by the score of 5-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
Before I get to the recap, Derek Dorsett is out 4-6 weeks with a broken fibula after blocking a first period shot.
…i can take a loss. I really can. The Penguins are better than the Rangers, so I'm really not surprised they lost, but where is this team's balls? The Penguins absolutely manhandled the Rangers from one end of the ice to the other. Eff passion and emotion, how about some dignity? It's baffling how an entire team can sit there and watch the Penguins run roughshod over them with zero response. Embarrassing.
…Zuccarello is excused from everything written above.
…and I'm really getting sick and tired of the Nash apologists. What exactly has this guy done in a Rangers uniform that warrants any kind of defense from Blueshirt fans? I don't care that no one around him is producing. If he's truly the elite player we all expected, he should be bringing up everyone's level of play around him.
…worst part about the loss is that it likely means Del Zotto will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
…so much for the being inspired by the return of their captain.
…i told you guys Richards needed to be the healthy scratch for Callahan tonight. Instead, AV decided to completely revamp a lineup that had shown a ton of chemistry while winning four of their last five games.
…i hate to say it, but I'm not sure it's safe to keep Staal in the lineup. He's vision is obviously still very much compromised as he's lost out there.
…does anyone else see the irony in the Rangers grittiest player breaking their leg blocking a shot tonight?
…we Rangers fans can rip Crosby for whining all we want, but he'd be the toughest player on the Rangers right now.
…wonder how long till Team USA management regrets taking Stepan over Dubinsky?
…the Rangers were so bad tonight they made Pyatt look like a real NHL player.
…I can sit here and blame the players all I want, but the bottom line is that Glen Sather constructed this team. Instead of building on the success of the gritty, blue collar 2011-12 Rangers, he decided to gut the heart and soul of that team and replaced them with losing players. And when his players complained about their winning coach being too tough, he bent over instead of showing those players the door. Disgraceful.
…now that I've gotten that all out of my system. I'm still not ready to blow this team up just yet. Let's remember that the Rangers have still won four of their last six games and a win tomorrow against the Leafs will make tonight's abomination a distant memory. Despite pretty much every player other than Zuccarello and Talbot underachieving this season, the Rangers are somehow just two points out of a playoff spot. Let's see where this team is at the trade deadline and take it from there.
Post game talk…