The Rangers got shut out last night by the Ducks 6-0 in a game where we thought they would respond after the 9-2 drubbing to the Sharks on Tuesday.
I don’t even know where to begin. Things sure were going to look up for the team. I mean they had a spirited morning skate, were ready to put it past them. Then, it happened again. At one point the Ducks were scoring at a faster pace than the Rangers. It was quite frightening.
Something that really bothers me is the fact that the Rangers are seemingly lost in a zone where under a former coach that will remain nameless, were so strong in. It’s like they lost the value of the defensive end, because new coach AV is praising a more offensive style of game play. Well, great. But, hockey is a two way game. And the breakdowns in their zone, and the lack of coverage is startling.
Dan Girardi was nice enough to share this with Larry Brooks last night:
If we play this way, we’re going to be in deep trouble,” Girardi said. “We’ve just got to figure out what the heck is going on and start being a hard team to play against, and get back to what we were successful at the last couple of years.
But, I thought you guys were tired of that? Whatever.
No reports of Sather in the locker room again, but its telling after three games he’s already doing damage control. Probably for his job, but if we all learned from Lavy, even if its the GMs fault, the coach goes first. Yet, I really can’t blame AV for any of this. This team was built by the cigar smoking, Sather.
So, what’s going to be the score of the Blues game tomorrow night? 8-0, 8-1? Chance of the Blues scoring less than 5 goals?
I would like to thank the Anaheim Ducks during the third period for relaxing and playing a more calming game. You did a great job guys, really phone it in there, and decided to allow the Rangers a chance to really go in there and shoot at Jonas Hiller. Thanks Bruce!
Really, I don’t know what to say anymore, just that it’s getting hard to watch. Very hard.
So the Rangers have a day of practice, before going out there tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues. Game starts at 8:00, and the coverage begins at 7:30, on MSG.