Feb. 19, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust (8) and New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Lose A Lazy Game To Montreal

Wow. Just wow. What a terrible game.

First off let me apologize for the lack of a Pre-Game article. I was very busy today and I couldn’t get around to it. Sorry.

On to my thoughts:

  • What a boring hockey game. The whole game was almost torturous to watch. I might as well have watched professional darts or something instead. Players couldn’t even stickhandle and every shot was blocked. Even after Stralman scored I didn’t get excited. Just a boring game.
  • Not having Rick Nash reminded me of what the 2010-11 season was like. Every player tonight had to work harder in the absence of Nash and practically no one showed up tonight. The 2010-11 Rangers had very little skill throughout the lineup and had to win games by outworking opponents.
  • The power play… What more can be said about the Rangers power play that hasn’t already been said? Down by a goal with less than 3 minutes on the man advantage and the Rangers can’t even gain the zone. This country maybe should do away with water boarding because watching the Rangers on the power play just might be more torturous.
  • Brad Richards looked lost again tonight. I’m not worried about Richards long term, but in the short term he’s hurting this team. He hasn’t been doing what he’s being paid a lot of money to do, and I think he’d be the first guy to tell you that.
  • Tonight was Brandon Mashinter’s debut. he played almost six minutes and was ineffective. He was definitely showing effort and throwing his body around, but he didn’t impress me. Seems no different than Kris Newbury.
  • Get well soon Darroll Powe… Our bottom 6 misses you already.
  • Chris Kreider had a nicer than decent game and was probably one of the better looking Rangers on the evening.
  • Ryan Callahan… I can only dream of a team of Callahan’s bringing the effort every single night.
  • Brandon Prust got an assist on Alex Galchenyuk’s goal. This goal should have never happened. I can’t believe I saw three Rangers fail to back check on the same play. I hope Torts has a field day with this goal and makes sure this doesn’t happen.
  • How many times did Montreal ice the puck? What a joke. The Rangers ice the puck a lot too, but not nearly as much as Montreal, and not intentionally like them either.

Rangers are in Ottawa Thursday night, and then face the Habs again Saturday night in the house of horrors (better known as the Bell Centre).

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