It’s one thing to lose when you don’t try. It’s quite another — almost more troubling — when you lose despite playing a hard-fought game. They didn’t even get a point (a little something) for the effort.
Every line played hard. They defended the net well. They hit hard. Played with some grit. And the PP connected twice. Even Lundqvist, despite letting in a key softie and failing to control another rebound which directly led to a goal, played well. The Rangers just don’t have enough talent. Simple as that. And there is no quick fix for it. I almost hope the team misses the playoffs badly so we get a top pick and feel compelled for another roster overhaul. Is this too extreme?
There may be some help on the way. Dubinsky in all likelihood returns tonight against Atlanta. Let’s not get our hopes up though. He is coming off a hand injury, and it’s not like he was lighting it up before the injury. Still, Rangers fans need all the hope they can get these days.
Random other player notes: Staal was terrific — he even added some subtle offense…Callahan played one of the best -2 games you’ll ever see…Higgins seems primed to break out…Del Zotto was everywhere. I disagree with our announcers — he was not at fault on the third goal. He is supposed to drive and it was a freak bounce…What’s the point of calling up Heikkinen if you are not going to play him? It tires everyone else out…Drury continues to decline, sadly…Girardi was quietly solid — I had no idea he led the team in minutes played in each of the first two periods, even with all the PP time…The officiating continues to be Jekyll and Hyde — sometimes they call the weak stuff (like last night) and sometimes they let it go. Frustrating for a fan; I can only imagine what the players think.