Sunday, December 7, 2008
The New York Rangers were shutout at MSG by a score of 3-0 at the hands of the Calgary Flames. For a while in the 1st period, the Rangers played even hockey, for the most part. The Flames, however, scored on a terrible line change by the Rangers as Jerome Iginla banged home a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.
I thought, "Okay, it's only one". But what I did not expect was that the Rangers biggest problem would creep up on them again: The lack of scoring. Which, anyone who's a Ranger fan knows all too well. Forget about the 2nd and the 3rd goal (Another short handed goal, by the way). The real problem here is the offense! With all of the changes made over the last 2 seasons and the high priced acquisitions that were supposed to be the bulk of the offense... all I can say is that: you get the most ice time, get payed the most, and get the most free passes from the fans and the media. Thus, when you aren't pulling your weight - you should take the heat. I will not name names, but it's obvious... isn't it?
Look, I love the Rangers and I want them to do well. But, what I've seen lately has me a little worried about the long run. I mean, how much can a goaltender take when he steps on the ice night after night and he thinks he has to stop everything? When are the players, who the Rangers desperately need to come to the forefront, gonna contribute? I'm sure that Glen Sather is wondering right now, along with Ranger fans.
I don't want to take anything away from Calgary, but jeez... can someone start scoring? Please? Over and out.