The problem doesn’t lie with games like these. After giving up the tying goal tonight, I dare say the Rangers were actually fairly impressive the rest of the way.
The problem is when you give up two-goal leads to teams like Columbus, fairly impressive doesn’t cut it on the road in Atlanta, or anywhere else. And it doesn’t matter how badly you outshoot a team, if only one of those shots finds the back of the net, then something’s amiss.
That part I just don’t get. The whole theory that the Rangers’ renewed emphasis on defense has cost them at the other end doesn’t make too much sense when they still consistently generate plenty of chances.
Is it confidence? Bad luck? I’m sure you all have theories. I’m still scratching my head.
The good news is that Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky were both stellar tonight. And so, for that matter, was Dan Girardi.
Now if they can only Jason Krog back, things would really be looking up….