Oct 16, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stands in net prior to the start of the second period against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Rangers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After The Horn: We're Approaching Insanity

Dec 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov (42) celebrates scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

This Rangers game is so similar to so many others throughout this season and throughout the years. It pains me to write this. The Rangers lost 4-2 after initially going down three goals. They brought it back to 3-2, but they really never looked like they were ever going to grab control of the game.

The Rangers like most of the season, shot themselves in the foot tonight. Their effort and compete level wasn’t there and they paid the price. Sure they brought it up eventually, but how much does that help after you go down three goals?

Onto other things…

Dylan Mcilrath’s debut went as to be expected. He was on the ice for a goal against, and only about 9 minutes. Oh, and every time after the whistle he was looking to bash someone’s face in. That’s not exactly a bad thing, actually a welcomed change of pace to this team. It’s tough to say at this point if McIlrath is here to stick around.

Arron Asham with three minutes of ice time. Wonderful. We need people that are going to play and contribute and Pyatt, Asham, and Pouliot have to go. It’s enough. You don’t want to start trading away serious roster players before you trim the fat of your team.

Who’s to blame? Seemingly everyone. No one is really playing to their ability out there, and if they do play to their ability it occurs relatively infrequently. Yes, the injuries hurt as well, but the issue really is effort and compete level on the ice and those things are unrelated to injuries.

The Rangers are slowly approaching missing the playoffs territory and it pains me to say that.

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