With a chance of eliminating the Capitals in game 6, the Rangers showed a terrible trait that hasn’t been seen in these playoffs. That was a lack of urgency. When they went down 2-0 in the second period it’s almost like they said “oh it’s okay, we’ll just wait until there’s 6.6 seconds left to tie it up.”
Every forward on the team deserves tremendous criticism tonight, because that was one of the worst efforts I’ve seen all year from this team. Even captain Ryan Callahan deserves criticism. I get that he plays a physical game, and that it’s tough to play that kind of game night in night out but if there was one player I knew that would have shown up for this game it’s him.
This also stems from urgency because I don’t get how hard it is to go to the front of the net and get in front of Holtby. Put one skate in front of the other and move towards the net. It’s not a novel concept to get traffic in front of the net. The same goes for the power play which was the worst power play I’ve ever seen in a game. Besides getting no one in front of Holtby, they struggle to get shots to the net. The Capitals had better opportunities shorthanded than the Rangers did with a man up.
I don’t know what happened to make the Rangers perform this way, but if they play like this on saturday they will be eliminated unless Lundqvist stops everything. Alex Semin was working harder than some of the Rangers forwards and that’s something I don’t think I’ve ever seen.
Rangers have two days to figure it out and let’s hope they do.