Of course the game the Rangers face Pascal Leclaire, he decides to pull off an all-star performance.
The Blueshirts started slow and pretty bad in the first, and it only got worse from there. The Ottawa Senators had the puck in the Rangers’ zone for most of the first period and unfortunately had no answers as to how to stop them.
After a scoreless first, the two teams exchanged a pair of shorthanded goals.
First, was Chris Kelly‘s, who capitalized on a botched pass to Derek Stepan during a Ranger power play. Then Brandon Prust returned the favor to even the score.
The game was filled with boring and pathetic play by both teams, for the most part. The biggest shining star for either team was Leclaire. Pascal was all over the place, stopping everything in sight. All the bad luck the Rangers have and defensive skill on the Senators part only added to Leclaire’s stellar performance.
On a game where the Blueshirts wore their 3rd “Heritage” jerseys for the 2nd time, the Rangers came out to bore and ho-hum. This makes the Rangers 0-2 when wearing these jerseys. These are almost turning out to be the second coming of the Liberty jerseys. I loved them, but they turned out to have bad ju-ju or something because it seemed like all they could do in those jerseys was model them off while skating.
The third period was much more of the same, defensive and lacking. With two minutes left, a blown coverage allowed Kelly to charge the net and receive a pass to put behind Lundqvist. Who blew this coverage, you may ask? None other than the line that we thought was super, the Avery-Gaborik-Christensen line. Later on, Kelly completed his first career hat-trick scoring on an empty net. In fact, all 3 of Kelly’s goals were scored against that said line.
Many are already jumping on this line calling them a failed experiment and expectations were too high and that they’re not as good as advertised. I say, shut up. It’s been 3 games. The first of those 3, they were nothing but gold. And since then, the Rangers have faced two very hot netminders. How about y’all just calm down and wait a few games to pass judgment?
In the post-game John Tortorella threw Gabby and the boys under the bus once again, but for this game they almost earned it. Torts stood up adamantly for Stepan’s slip up during the power play, though. Stand up for the rookie, throw the superstar under the bus. Makes sense.
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