Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It seems like we’ve been here before, haven’t we? The New York Rangers dropped to 11-9-1 with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals last night at MSG. I’m not going to go over the game in much detail, but there is one thing that bothers me about this contest. I can accept losing the right way. What I can’t accept, at all, is losing the wrong way.
Last night’s game came down to a terrible pinch-in with just under 5 minutes to go in the 3rd period during a 2-2- tie. The bad pinch was created by defenseman Wade Redden and what ensued was the go-ahead goal by the once bloodied Matt Bradley, of all people. Sorry, but this was a dumb decision by Wade Redden. You have to play it safe in a situation like that. There’s no excuse.
Another thing that I was kind of shocked about was that Matt Bradley actually outskated Matt Gilroy down the ice to roof it over Lundqvist’s shoulder. In my opinion, this game should have went to OT and possibly another shoot-out. Unfortunately for the Rangers and their fans- valuable points were denied. Now the Rangers find themselves struggling to stay afloat at the .500 mark. The other teams in the Eastern Conference continue to win on a regular basis and with games in hand over the Rangers, things are getting tight. To beat a dead horse, the players need to take it upon themselves and be responsible for their own play. It can’t be just Gaborik night after night (which it has been for a while now). I still believe the talent is there, the question is will the talent live up to the expectations? Let’s hope so. Over and out!
*Just a side note, I will be away this weekend to do the color commentary on the radio for the Quinnipiac Bobcats Men’s Hockey Team (who are now ranked 13th in the country). They are playing 2 road games at Colgate and Cornell with the man himself, Bill Schweizer calling the play. Feel free to check them out!