Feb 21, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators centre Mika Zibanejad (93) in the second period at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Another Lackluster Performance Leads To A Shootout Loss

Well that game was bad. Let’s quickly jump to my thoughts before I get even more angry just thinking about it:

  • After losing to Montreal, you’d think the Rangers would show some sense of urgency to start the game. To be fair they did start strong. All of the sudden they get a power play though and they stop skating which leads to Silfverberg’s goal.
  • The power play was again atrocious tonight. The only reason they scored was because of a flukey bounce off the boards right to Callahan’s stick. I swear sometimes the point men on this Rangers PP couldn’t hit the net if they had google maps.
  • The PP responsibilities also fall on Mike Sullivan. Under him the Rangers have never had a good power play. I swear this team could have Malkin, Crosby, Weber, Chara, and Kovalchuk and it would still be this bad. Something coaching wise needs to change.
  • This team looks completely lost without Rick Nash.
  • I don’t care if 20 players on the roster are injured, Stu Bickel should never have to play forward for the Rangers.
  • Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, and Henrik Lundqvist are the only Rangers really giving a damn at the moment. Most of the players are coasting up and down the ice right now. This team isn’t working hard at the moment, and outworking the other team is what got the Rangers to finish first in the conference last season.
  • Chris Kreider looked good this game, and I’m kind of surprised that he only got 13 minutes of ice time.
  • Brad Richards on the other hand looks completely lost out there. I have no idea what’s going on with him, but he isn’t doing the things he should be doing one way or another.
  • Michael Del Zotto was injured and did not return to the game. Wait and see to know what happened to him.
  • Very frustrating to see the Rangers have four chances to win in the shootout and they don’t win it.
  • It’s also frustrating that the Rangers have blown 4 leads in their last 5 games. I know the Rangers played like garbage tonight, but last year’s team was good at holding onto leads even if they were playing poorly. They always grinded out these crappy wins. That’s something this team isn’t doing.
  • Marian Gaborik and JT Miller. Both with glorious chances. Gaborik in the overtime and Miller in the shootout.
  • Rangers haven’t won in Montreal since March of 2009. They haven’t won in regulation in Montreal since February of 2008. Safe to say I don’t have my hopes up for Saturday.

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