Sunday, April 11, 2010
First of all, I’m not a fan of a skills competition that decides games… let alone one that decides the playoffs. I just want to make that clear. However, it’s no excuse for the New York Rangers (who lost in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers in the final game of the season). 82 games wasn’t enough. A 5-minute OT didn’t decide it. A circus act that the NHL instituted called a “Shootout” did. The Flyers were able to beat King Henrik Lundqvist twice in three attempts as the Rangers failed to match. The season is now over. Just like that.
The Rangers, who battled like no other team down the stretch, put themselves into a winner takes all final regular season game. Unfortunately, they failed to take advantage of great goaltending by the King and timely scoring by Jody Shelley. Shelley’s goal gave the Rangers the lead that lasted until Matt Carle's PP goal in the 3rd period. The PP was brought about by a terrible interference call by Kerry Fraser on PA Parenteau. With all that was on the line and many fouls that were overlooked, you call interference there? Give me a break.
In the end, the big guns for the Rangers failed to provide the offensive spark that this team so desperately needed. In the biggest game of the year, they failed to produce. No excuses! Lundqvist and the fourth line of Shelley, Prust, and Anisimov were the best players for the Rangers (as has been the case lately). There were obviously others who did their job, but the best simply did not. The Rangers got outshot 47-25... That alone is plenty of proof. Oh well, not much you can do about it now…
For me it will be a little strange with no Rangers playoffs, but it is what it is. Over and out!