Sep 26, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Brad Richards (19) is checked by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during the third period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Morning After: Canucks Shut Out Rangers 5-0

Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers were shut out yesterday by a score of 5-0 against the Canucks in Vancouver.

By far the worst game this preseason. Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti can talk about how much energy the Rangers had last night, and how they were seemingly out playing the Canucks. But if you don’t score a single goal. If you don’t get quality scoring chances (shooting at the logo on the chest of Luongo doesn’t count), then you’re not outplaying an opponent.

Tortorella said all the right things to the media yesterday, and in his interview with John Giannone, he seemed at ease. He seemed calm talking to him about what happened in the past. And lets put it this way, if Giannone is the reason that Derek Stepan is back after his fantastic interview with Glen Sather, then we can expect him to really do some strong sit downs with other players on the team to give them a kick in the pants. Hey, lets do one with Brad Richards next John.

Taylor Pyatt had the best scoring chance all night, too bad he’ll be waived come next Thursday.

Darroll Powe gains 8 pounds of muscle?! That’s 8 pounds of muscle he’ll be using in Hartford come next week.

Chris Kreider not playing last night, telling. You could see this is a guy who does not know what his true idenity, and J.T. Miller had another sound game last night, and shows more confidence. I expect Miller to start the season with the big club, and Kreider, getting more looks in Hartford, before deciding what to do with him. Would I give up on Kreider yet? No, but it’s not looking good.

Do the Rangers really need Callahan, Hagelin and Stepan to succeed? Maybe not all 3, but boy are they hurting without the trio. Can’t wait for them to return rather soon. Callahan now taking contact on his shoulder is a good sign? A sign that he’ll be playing this time next week? No, but a sign that we may see him sooner than later.

If you plan on scoring in the NHL, you may want to find a better place to take a shot. Shooting at the logo is not one of those places, and the Rangers really made it easy for Luongo to stop 41 of 41 shots.

Henrik Lundqvist was glad to get this game out of the way. Glad it was the pre-season. Are the shorter pads bothering him? Taking him longer to adjust? Or is it the fact that its just the preseason.

Micheletti pissed me off yesterday saying its okay for the veterans of the team to phone it in during the preseason Well, that’s great Joe. Let them be lazy cause its the preseason.  I wish we had a wealth of NHL-ready talent that could take the spot of someone like Rick Nash, and Brad Richards who have been invisible the entire preseason.

The Rangers play their final preseason game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings before heading back to New York for a few days. Their season starts October 3 in Phoenix.

Here’s what Alain Vigneault had to say about last nights loss:

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