Sunday, November 30, 2008
This past Friday the Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shoot-out. However, the game quite honestly left a bad taste in my mouth. You go up 2-0 early in the game, sit on the lead, then make your MVP Henrik Lundqvist single-handedly turn back shot after shot on a 5 v 3 penalty kill. Then, of course, you give up a late goal that ties the game and somehow you manage to win it in a shoot-out... not very impressive. A far too common happening for this former player. A win? Yes. But there's a problem bigger than you think!
Which leads me to today's matinee game at The Garden. You know the place that team's don't want to play (just kidding). The Florida Panthers came in and looked like an all-star team compared to the Rangers. The Panthers skated to an easy 4-0 shut-out (first time all season the Rangers got shut-out, believe it or not). Led by Craig Anderson's play in the net for the Panthers, the Panthers just did everything right. They were quicker, faster, outhustled, outhit, and outplayed the Rangers up and down the ice. The Rangers were, simply put, horrible. No one came to play and if anyone thinks differently, then they're in la-la land.
Who's to blame? The fans seem to think it's Rozsival's fault. Oh, really? The no-score, no-hit, no-powerplay, no-support for Lundqvist is all Rozy's fault? The top players did not step up. The lack of hustle overall was embarassing. You can't sugar coat this! It is what it is. With Pittsburgh coming into town with their elite group of players, the Rangers have plenty to worry about in the next few days. Over and out!