Two back to back shutouts in two nights for the New York Rangers against the Pittsburgh
Penguins. Sunday night was 3-0 in Pittsburgh and Monday night the final score was 2-0 in New York. The team was tired and it showed. Today is a day of rest for the Rangers, and they need it badly.
The first round schedule for the Rangers was not very pleasant, there were two and three days between games, at first, which was nice. The Rangers had the opportunity to end their first round in six games but were unable to close out the Flyers until game seven one night later. Travel back and forth between Philadelphia and New York isn’t too bad but it’s still travel. Head coach, Alain Vigneault made a mention about the schedule being arcane, which it is for this round. Even then series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings has the games spaced out. The NHL dropped the ball on the Rangers in a big way.
Everywhere you turn you hear people discussing the Rangers’ power play. If you’ve been watching the games, you cant help but feel at least frustrated by what you see, or don’t see, on the ice. There is no cohesion, no combined group effort, the passing is horrible, and there is a complete lack of effort out there. I digress. The worst part about it is that other teams don’t worry about taking penalties. They can commit infractions knowing there is no “enforcer” on the team and there won’t be a power play goal so why not? The Boston Bruins don’t have much going on during their power play either but the Rangers are not the Bruins.
Here is a break down of everything going on around the NHL right now in each series. There are plenty of video clips and quick breakdowns of key players. For those of you crying about wanting Marian Gaborik back in a “BlueShirt”, please stop. We all know he can play well at times. When he gets injured again then you will be thankful he isn’t “our problem anymore”.
So let’s take a break from our pain and misery and get rested up for a better game tomorrow night against the Penguins. The New York Rangers can win, they just have to get a sense of urgency in their game.