April 14, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) falls to the ice after losing control of the puck to Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) during overtime in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Ottawa won in overtime 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Bad Breaks And Bad Bounces

The picture to the right says it all. Ryan Mcdonagh is down and in a ton of pain, and no one can separate Chris Neil from the puck. The result? A Senators overtime victory. The Rangers though, suffered a ton of bad breaks and bad bounces. Actually, I’m going to argue all three Senator goals were bad breaks and  bad bounces. I already described the overtime goal, now let’s move on to the other two Senators goals.

The First Senators Goal- I’m not even going to have to read Scotty Hockey because I already know what he’s going to say about this, but I’m going to say it’s just a dumb luck play. This isn’t the first time you’ve seen a puck go off a skate and into the net, but it is quite rare, especially in this sorta fashion. As much as Erik Karlsson would like you to believe he called “glass” (basketball reference) before he shot the puck, he didn’t. Del Zotto and the Rangers really got unlucky on this one.

The Second Senators Goal- The Senators at this point were putting the Rangers under siege, and probably deserved a goal. This was a good play to move up the ice by the Senators. Marc Staal went down to block the pass, but it somehow went through his legs (there was really no space for this puck to get through) and found a wide open Nick Foligno who banged it home.

In conclusion the Rangers shouldn’t hold a bag skate over the way they played. They suffered some tough breaks and shouldn’t sweat it. The Senators aren’t blowing pucks by Lundqvist or picking corners on him. They are working extremely hard for their goals, and that tells you the Rangers should be fine going forward.

No need to get completely upset over a loss like this, even though it is tough to swallow.

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