Late Goal Does in Rangers, 2-1

Monday, February 16, 2009

When B.J. Crombeen flipped the puck past a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist, it basically solidified the notion that the Blueshirts are in a deep funk. The goal was more evidence where early in the year the Rangers would find a way to somehow pull out a victory in close contests... now, the Rangers can't even buy a win in the close games. Marc Staal, and I really love the play of this youngster overall, relaxed and forgot about B.J. Crombeen. Crombeen, in turn, collected the rebound and turned it into the game winning goal. One mistake and that's how it goes when a team is struggling. And let's face it folks, they are struggling mightily at this very moment. No scoring, the PP is laughable, and some players are not playing up to the standards that are expected. I thought the Rangers actually showed some energy against the Blues in this game, but in the end the result is what counts. What happens now is anyone’s guess. Up next, the Islanders on Wednesday night and that won't be an easy one either. Over and out!


The Dark Ranger said...

Tom Renney also found some good moments on the power play this game!!? It does start with the players, but how do you motivate every Blueshirt to stop defensively skating like a two-by-four on ice? When you think about the game as much as they are, it's gone. This is tough stuff....

Leroy said...

Calling for Renney's head is a joke. Gomez is invisible. Drury is blowing backchecks all over the ice and looks totally confused in his own end. Maybe he can draw on his Little League experience to pull his head out of his 'clavin'. The back end is slow and unable to outlet the puck effectively. The issue isn't coaching its personnel. You can't turn donkey's into thoroughbreds.

The Dark Ranger said...

One cannot argue that our special unit coaches need a 're-looking'.

DO WORK said...

Perry Pearn can go not Tom!

DO WORK said...

Perry Pearn can go not Tom!

DO WORK said...

sorry for the double post. Also I agree it is not Renney's fault at all. I find it funny when people that hate him so much dont even know how to spell his last name. HA!

Keep Renney thats it.

Kotsy's Korner said...

The Dark Ranger: Dark, it's a lousy time for the Rangers and their fans. It's hard to watch.

The players ultimately must play their way through this. Changing coaches this late in the season never works and frankly never has.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Leroy: Leroy, I have to agree with you. When the team is doing well, it's never the "Great" coaching that helped.

When the team isn't doing well,How come it's all ways the coaching? I think you get my point.

Players are responsible for what happens when the puck is dropped.

Kotsy's Korner said...

The Dark Ranger: Dark, All it takes is shoot the "DAMN" puck. It's not that hard to figure out.

Look for a shooting lane and let it go. If you keep passing it around, you basically kill the penalty for the other team.

Just too much "European" flavor for my liking.

Kotsy's Korner said...

DO WORK: DO WORK, It's too late for changes. The players have got to show some guts and get themselves out of this.

DO WORK said...

I hope Tom Renney stays still this seasons end, and next season.

JohnM said...

Where did the Rangers management go wrong with this version of the N Y Rangers?
In the summer of '08 , GM Sather decided to forgo Shanahan, Jagr, Avery ,Straka, Malik, Strudwick, Hollweg, Tyutin, and Backman.
Sather replaced them with Zherdev, Rissmiller, Fritsche, Voros, Naslund, Redden, and Kalinin.
Where are we today vs last year?
First line of Jagr, Straka, Dubinsky has been replaced by Gomez, Naslund , Zherdev. I do not think this new line has done any worse than the first line of last year. Numbers do not lie.

Second line of Drury, Avery, Shanahan was replaced by Drury, Dawes, Callahan. The line from this year is far worse in points, and aggression. Downgraded from last year.

Third line was Gomez, Sjostrom, and whoever was replaced by Dubinsky, Korpokoski,Voros. These lines are AHL Caliber. No upgrade made.

Defense was Roszival, Stall, Backman/Malik, Mara,Tyutin, Girardi
Today it consists of Stall, Redden, Roszival, Mara, Kalinin, Girardi. The two groups seriously lack aggression. Mobility was a big reason for the changes made from last year. It hasn't been exploited in the Renney System of Flat footed Hockey.
In Hartford
Parrenteu, G Moore, Sanguinetti, Anisimov, Potter have a need to be in the NHL when the big club cannot execute. If not , they need to be traded for offense.
With a combination of some of our better young prospects and a big salary player from the big club we should be able to make trades this year. Kovelev, Pronger, Horton, Bowmeister, Jason Blake, are all available. As well as Tkachuck, Streit, Guerin. There are goals out there. Lets stop the crap on the ice. PLEASE!

Kotsy's Korner said...

JohnM: JohnM, I'll take Jagr, Straka and Dubinsky over any combo you put together from this years squad.

I have said on record stating that as a former D-man in the NHL, I would look at a teams roster and figure out who could actually make me look foolish in a one on one situation.

On this current roster I would not fear anyone. It's just not there. Last year Jagr may of under performed himself but was still capable of putting fear into a D-man's heart.

Tied for 8th....ugh!


hi , i just found this site and just wanted to say hi to the k-man , i was a big whaler fan in the day , and always wore my #24 shirt to the game , of course it has kotsys autograph. just remembering the good old days. i sat in sec 107 and always talked to the kman , not to many shirts with 24 on them , i remember when he came back to play when he was on the maple leafs , i had a big sign and photos , i think his teammates were surprised he still had a fan in hartford , lol .

Kotsy's Korner said...

WHALERS4EVER: WHALERS4EVER, Glad you found the blog. Ahh... The Whaler days were fun and I do remember a section where the was a small faction of fans who appreciated me.

I loved living in Hartford, unfortunately the organization was not quite up to what an NHL franchise should of been during my time there. It did get better later, just not when I was there.
I had been through a lot and decided to move on to the Leafs.

I actually do some radio for the Quinnipiac Bobcats University Hockey team in Hamden CT.(Color Analyst). So I get to see lots of Whaler fans. Great to hear from you, stay tuned.

Mr.Greek said...

hey Chris did you catch any of the Leafs Sabres highlights last night night? I feel sorry for Justin Pogge, i see that Brian Burke made a comment regarding Pogge saying he does not deserve a chance, well i think it is all not his fault, i believe it takes a team effort to win and i think sometimes the Leafs hang him out to dry!! it is also possible he could be nervous playing at the NHL level. It is getting close to the trade deadline, it will be interesting to see who Burke moves. Pogge reminds me of Allan Bester and Ken Wreggett when they broke in with the Leafs in the 1980's, both of them seen alot of pucks come in their direction, i do believe both of them were a team mate of yours at one time.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mr.Greek: Mr.Greek, I actually did watch parts of the game(I was hoping the Leafs could help my fading Rangers out).

One thing about the Leafs we can all agree on is you never know what team is going to show up.

Last night the Leafs didn't exactly help out their goaltender. They took the night off and didn't create much offense.

Yes, I did play with Wreggett and Bester. Wreggett was a decent goalie. Bester was all right as a back-up.

Jeff said...

Dice are cast, ten minutes to go before the game. Let's Go Rangers!

Mr.Greek said...

Hi Chris i was watching "Off the Record" on TSN, Iam pretty sure you have heard of that sports channel that we have here in Southern Ontario. Anyways one of your old coaches was a guest on the show, Dan Maloney, i remember you telling me he was one of the better coaches you had during your playing days. i just found out tonite that he was an assistant coach with the Rangers in the early 1990's. I remember that he also spent a few years in Winnipeg. I was looking at a Leaf media guide and i remember John Brophy was there when you were still in T.O. I found him to be quite the interesting character, i heard that he was a favourite of Harold Ballard. Anyways with the present day Leafs you are right, you just never know what team will show up, Iam looking forward to Saturday's game aganist Vancouver to see what type of reception Mats Sundin gets, i will say a mix of boos and cheers.

Leatherneck said...

Hiya Chris..They played good today and rumor has it Don Maloney was in town scouting the Rangers..Who could we possibly be trading and for whom?..hmmm...Shane Doan sounds good with Kurt Sauer or

Kotsy's Korner said...

Leatherneck: Leatherneck, I don't know who they would be looking at.

Maloney does know the younger guys on the Rangers well as he participated in the drafting of most.

I'm finishing my story for the game and it should be posted soon.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mr.Greek:Mr.Greek, Brophy had no business coaching in the NHL. He came cheap that's why Ballard hired him.

Sundin's night in TO should be interesting to say the least. I am not a big fan of Sundin even though he's a future HOF. Just never liked his game and persona.

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