Jan 20 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) congratulates left wing Rick Nash (61) on scoring during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Better Than Saturday, But Not By Much

Boy am I really glad I watched that whole game on the DVR late last night. Not.

The Rangers showed up flat to their home opener and paid the price for it. Now I know how Kings fans felt after they watched their team raise their Stanley Cup banner and then get demolished on the ice.

Overall though, I thought the Rangers played better than on saturday. They were quicker, more fluid in what they did with the puck, and shot the puck better. Poor Henrik Lundqvist though had no chance though with some of those goals he let up.

Here are some quick thoughts on the game:

  • Rick Nash has easily been the best forward on the team by a mile the past two games. Watching the game last night I knew he was going to score. It was just inevitable by the way he was playing. Glad Stepan just let him take the puck to the net on his goal.
  • Marian Gaborik has been quiet a bit on the ice and I was actually surprised that he had 5 shots on goal yesterday. He was tried on everyone’s wing yesterday, and I think Tortorella should just let him play with Richards or Stepan and be done with it. Gaborik will get his goals.
  • Stu Bickel looked worse again yesterday. Tortorella really needs to give Steve Eminger  a chance.
  • Chris Kreider took a hard hit at the end of the game. One of those “welcome to the NHL, rookie” hits. I hope he’s okay, and I think he’ll be okay.
  • Food for thought: The Devils started the 1994-95 season 0-3-1.
  • With the above said I think the Rangers are just rusty. I fully expect a better effort wednesday during a prime time game against the Bruins.

Not really too much to talk about this game. I heard the new stuff they did at MSG is nice. The blue seats are back, and the sight lines are better, as well as the lightning. Apparently though it isn’t as loud because of the more open space in the arena. In the playoffs though, I don’t think it’ll matter as everyone will be screaming their heads off.

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