Last night, the New York Rangers fell 4-3 to the NJ Devils in what was a disappointing loss, especially after tying the game with 20 seconds left, but an eventual penalty taken by Ryan Callahan cost his team in OT as the Devils picked up the extra point. Not to mention that Marc Staal left the game with an injury and did not return.
Tonight, the Washington Capitals visited MSG, as they looked to continue New York’s home woes, and indeed they did.
The Rangers fell 4-1 in an embarrassing performance against the Caps, and the loss dropped their home record to 5-7-1 on the season. Staal did not play tonight as the rumors are that he has suffered a concussion and is feeling symptoms after taking a solid hit to the head in last night’s game, but it was a clean hit and did not deserve any supplemental discipline.
Michael Del Zotto came in for the injured Staal and the Rangers went through the first period scoreless with Washington until they had a three-goal explosion in the second, with the first two goals coming only 25 seconds apart. In the final minutes of the period, Mikhail Grabovski scored on a questionable penalty shot, as he blasted one past Henrik Lundqvist, stretching the lead to 3-0.
This play was definitely the turning point of the entire game because the Rangers didn’t get much going after that moment, and they seemed flat and it looked like they gave up at that point.
Rookie goaltender Philipp Grubauer looked solid in only his second appearance this season and first start, he also picked up his first NHL win in the 4-1 rout.
Overall, the Rangers did not look good at all tonight. They didn’t have the jump, pace or effort there to compete with the Capitals. Back-to-back weekend losses on home ice are nothing to be proud of, and the Rangers’ inconsistency once again continues.
The third game of their homestand comes on Tuesday night when the Nashville Predators are in town to tangle with the Rangers.
Could we see some lineup changes before puck drop on Tuesday? It’s very possible because the Blueshirts cannot continue this way if they want to be a successful team in this league.
The loss dropped them down to fourth in the division as they remain tied with Carolina for third.
Let’s face it, every team goes through skids, it happens. It is up to the players to face that adversity and only improve from that point on. Their chance for redemption comes on Tuesday, and everyone is expecting much more fire and jump from this team as they look for a response.
It was also confirmed by forward Rick Nash that they had a long players meeting after tonight’s game in the locker room. Whether that has an effect remains to be seen.