The ice at Madison Square Garden is notoriously uneven, although hardly the worst in the league, and not bad enough to affect other teams the way it affects the Rangers.
I don’t know how the simple act of catching a pass came to be such a problem for this team, but for a number of players, especially their defensemen, it has become a 50-50 proposition at best.
The funny part is Fedor Tyutin appeared to make the right play at the end of the first period when he used his foot to keep the puck in the zone. But he was still caught out of position when the Bruins started the other way.
And he was probably wishing he just fell on the puck outright when Henrik Lundqvist let in a staggeringly soft goal on the ensuing rush.
As they say, everything is magnified when the team is losing. And this is just one example.