The question I didn’t ask, but probably should have asked, is this:
Would you rather lose a game by looking like you don’t care, or by looking like you don’t know what you’re doing?
Granted, that’s an oversimplification of what happened here against the Penguins, but it’s still probably accurate.
Tuesday night: Listless Rangers Stumble Against Flyers.
Thursday night: Clueless Rangers Make Dozens of Boneheaded Mistakes and Lose to Penguins.
Now you know why I write the stories and not the headlines.
Anyway a couple of quick thoughts.
—If you want to really be concerned, I’d look at Henrik Lundqvist. At practices recently there’s been rumblings that the goalie seems a little shaky with his glove. Tonight was the most tangible evidence in a game.
—A lot of bad penalties and defensize zone gaffes by the Rangers, but again, at least there was energy. And if not for a puck caroming off a skate, we’re not talking about a loss but possibly just a sloppy win. At this point in the season, you’ve got to look at the bigger picture.
—I’d keep an eye out for this Crosby kid. He’s pretty good, you know.
If you can’t tell already, I’m shot. We’ll go over this one more tomorrow…