Learning From Losses

I have tickets to the Rangers-Flyers on Friday.  Which makes tonight’s game against Toronto even more critical.  Cause if the Rangers lose and the Bruins win tomorrow night, my game becomes meaningless.  The Rangers will have been mathematically eliminated.

Obviously not much good from last night’s loss, though PA, Dubinsky (other than getting caught/bad change), and Anisimov (his parents should attend evey game) were solid.  It doesn’t take a genius blogger to point out that the Rangers had severe difficulty defending Buffalo’s 4th man in on the rush off of turnovers.  But here’s my question, why don’t the Rangers play that style?  Why don’t we send a defenseman in to join the rush each time the opposition turns it over?  Why don’t we play an attack style?  I’ll even relent on the aggressive pinching they did.  Chalk it up to our D not being ready for that.  But they certainly are capable of joining the rush consistently.  Especially with Gilroy in the lineup — there would be at least one D in each pair then.  Granted, this was part of Tort’s original strategy, but it needs to be re-implemented for next season.  Especially when we have a wall in the nets that can make up for errors in covering/getting caught up ice.  Sometimes the best defense really is a good offense.

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