Bad Start, Bad Ending for Rangers

Friday, March 27, 2009

The New York Rangers lost a critical playoff point to the Atlanta Thrashers in a shoot-out by a score of 5-4. When Todd White scored the only goal in the 6 round shootout, he put an end to really what I would call a miserable night for the Rangers.

The Rangers were extremely lucky to have built a 4-1 lead at one time late in the 2nd period. If not for a penalty filled game, the Thrashers outplayed the Blueshirts from beginning to end. I don't even want to go over who scored for who and all of that, it's a moot point. The collapse by the Rangers was staring them in the face from the time that they stepped on the ice. Atlanta was ready to go from the drop of the puck. I asked my son, Cody, which team looked like they were fighting for a playoff spot. It surely wasn't the Rangers. Even when somehow they managed to take the aforementioned 4-1 lead, I was thinking that you got to get to the 3rd period with the 3 goal lead and they'll be okay. But no, that's not what happened. They gave up a goal very late in the 2nd period to, I'll just call him a "difference maker", Ilya Kovalchuk. That's just not acceptable. I'm sure coach Tortorella was not pleased at all.

Heading into the 3rd period you could feel that something was going to happen and not in a good way for the Rangers. The Rangers began to back up a little in this period. A fluke goal, and a pretty goal set up by "the difference maker" just about sealed the Rangers fate. I will say that the Rangers had a chance to bury Atlanta with yet another 5-3 PP (There were a few tonight) and they totally botched it up, big time (Where was Antropov in this situation?). Anyways, you know the rest of the story... not a good night for the Rangers. Sure, they got a point out of it... but it's not going to get any easier form here on out with Pittsburgh and New Jersey up ahead. One more thing... where was Zherdev in the shootout? Over and out!


Graying Mantis said...

Succinctly described by you.

Despite the 4-1 lead, things did not feel right and I felt the same unease heading into the 3rd period.

I think Tortorella was speechless that the team would fold like it did.

I believe Roszival's absence was felt last night with a lot of pressure on the remaining defensemen.

Let's hope for better tomorrow in the Steel City.

Wrath of Sanity said...

Extremely disappointing SO loss last night, at least we got a point I guess. Big last 7 games coming up. Rangers gotta step up and win a few.

I wonder if we can break the @ Pittsburgh curse tomorrow. Let's hope.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Graying Mantis, Just not what I or any Ranger fan expected. Not ready to play with all that's on the line.

Blowing a "gift" three goal lead is inexcusable.

I think he saw what flaws this team has and did not like one bit of it.

It will not be easy in Pitt. Rangers need to step up in a big way tomorrow.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Horrible game overall by the Rangers. Getting a point is a positive considering how lousy they played.

7 games to find out what this team is made of..... Pens await.

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