Rangers Fall Flat in Third, Lose 4-2

Thursday, April 2, 2009

When the New York Rangers needed to dig down and win a 3rd period, they blew a tire and basically went flat. The Carolina Hurricanes were the team who came out and outplayed, and eventually outscored the Rangers with 2 goals in 28 seconds during the 3rd period. Right from the drop of the puck in the 3rd, the Canes hemmed the Rangers in the Rangers in their own end for the first half of the period. Then after Nik Antropov's failed connection on a pass to Chris Drury, Carolina struck with a nice passing play that was finished off by Chad Larose - while the Rangers stood around reaching instead of hitting somebody.

You can't play the game of hockey by stickchecking and watching. It just doesn't work that way. From there Rod Brind'Amour was allowed, and I mean allowed, to take this time inside of the Rangers blueline. While it seemed like every Ranger had peeled off of him, he fired what looked to be a harmless shot toward the goal that hit Paul Mara and found the back of the net behind Lundqvist. Again, stickchecking and watching instead of hitting somebody. No excuses here.

My observations from the game... the PP continues to haunt the Rangers. In a time where you needed it the most, the best it could do was 0-4 in the 1st period. I believe that was the game in a nutshell. There were plenty of opportunities, lots of shots (they outshot Carolina 38-23), but there were not enough goals. Boy, have we seen this before? I also thought at times the Rangers looked like the better team, but in the end the scoreboard is what counts. 4 games left now and this is going to go down to the wire. I can't really complain about the officiating tonight as the Rangers were given many PP chances. However, there was one peculiar non-call... Antropov gets punched by Tim Gleason and then he drops his gloves, looking like he's going to fight. Break to commercial, come back, no penalties. Are you serious? Didn't Avery drop one glove and receive a roughing call while being thrown around by David Clarkson? Let me know what you think. On to Boston, over and out!


Seth said...


They make you want to scream, Kotsy.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Seth, Very disappointing. Tied at 2 with less than 8 minutes to go.

You can't allow skaters to roam around without getting hit.

The 3 and 4th goals Carolina scored, everyone reaching with their sticks. Not the way to play Hockey.

Hey it is what it is. Boston awaits.

Puck Central said...

The schedule doesn't get any easier with Boston, Montreal and Philly (twice) all that is left of the regular season.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Puck Central, The Ranger Players put themselves in this position.

Now we will see who rises and steps up player wise and shows the leadership that is needed to get the job done.

It's going to be tough with that schedule, but not impossible.

kittylarue said...

I was left drained by this game, all the chances on PP, could have sealed the game, I think about the 4th PP, I just wished that the Rangers could have declined it...

The non-call, on the punch to Antripov w/a dropping of the gloves, very suspect... has he like Avery done something in the past to have his own set of rules?

So, now I'm left in Habs-not land to digest and hope for them to pull it together....

JohnM said...

PA Parenteau
The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack leading scorer P.A. Parenteau has been named a First-Team AHL All-Star.

Parenteau leads the Wolf Pack in points, and ranks fourth overall in the league, with 29-49-78 in 74 games. That point total is only three shy of the career-high 81 that Parenteau registered last season with the Wolf Pack.......

Why isnt this guy on the big club??? What does a kid have to do to prove he can score especially when the big club has such problems with scoring on the power play. It's a disgrace that this kid has not been called up on this weak offensive team.

Kotsy's Korner said...

kittylarue, Thanks for the response. You hit it dead on about the PP. Disgusting is a kind word for it.

If only...... That sums the PP up for the season. In crunch time it has failed and that's when they needed it the most.

On the Antropov situation just pointing out the "Hate" by the NHL towards Avery. It's unfair and embarrassing for Gary Bettman.

4 games to go. Down but not out.

Kotsy's Korner said...

JohnM, Where have you been? Definitely can't argue those numbers. Very impressive.

I guess the only explanation would be there is no explanation!

You are right this team is at the bottom of the league in goals and the PP is horrible. So why not try someone different, it couldn't hurt.

Parenteau is part of the future is he not? The future is now!

GENO said...

Hi Chris, It is going to read:




JohnM said...

All good here.. Been watching from home for the last few. Will be there for the Habs game.That should be a barn burner!

Kotsy's Korner said...

Geno, Ye of little faith. It's not over yet.

Kotsy's Korner said...

JohnM, I to will be at the game. Glad to hear from you.

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