What Ranger Team Showed Up In Toronto?

Apr 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk (21) scores on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated New York 4-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

I was pleasantly surprised at the Rangers play Monday night at Toronto but also grossly disappointed.  The Rangers offense was something we have not been accustomed to seeing.  They found the back of the net three times and showed they could come back from a deficit.  What was terrible was their defensive performance.  It appeared their defense was left behind in the same location that they found their offense.  This video says it all:

On the power play, McDonagh allowed Van Riemsdyk to park in front of Lundqvist and not once take a shot to the shins or a stick to the back.  Kessel could have shot a beach ball at Lundqvist and he still would not have been able to see it.

The Rangers offense was able to come back and tie the game at 3.  39 seconds later, The Rangers did this:

You know, maybe Lundqvist played to well against Carolina and the defense took the game off thinking Hank would bail them out of it again.  I keep hearing the players talking about how fast the Maple Leafs were.  As we saw on the PP goal with Van Riemsdyk having a cook out in front of Lundqvist and who can forget the first goal of the game:

Girardi and Del Zotto both go to the same corner and leave the front of the net open. How many shots does hank need to save? I counted 3 saves before it was finally tucked in.

The passing was not very impressive either. Lots of turn overs in all three zones. Very sloppy game overall and needs much improvement before the second half of the home and home Wednesday night at the Garden.

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Topics: Maple Leafs, Rangers

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