Wow! Maybe I’m nuts, but I thought that was, overall, as well as the Rangers played all year.
They had tons of chances against a banged-up Detroit team that still—still, with all the injuries—had far more talent on the ice than did the Rangers.
1) I am not blaming this loss on Lundqvist. But … that was another lousy goal from a lousy angle that cost the Rangers the game. It’s bad enough Lundqvist has had trouble with glove-side high. Lately he’s also had trouble with shots from awful angles and from behind the goal line. Having one hole is bad enough. That all said, he was pretty sensational most of the night.
2) Did John Tortorella really not have Marian Gaborik on the ice for the first 1:15 of a third-period power play in a 1-1 game? Was that really Drury and Higgins and Callahan out there? Is that possible?
3) Brian Boyle continues to stick up for his teammates, even if he can’t fight. And now he has three goals—or as many as Higgins and one more than Drury. OK, he can’t fight. I think he will get better.
4) Those two weekend games should have a lot of people stepping back off ledges, right? Two very solid efforts—and effort is the right word—and two turnaround defensive performances after those dreadful post-tryptophan games in Tampa, at Pittsburgh and then the third period at home against the champs. I’ll say it again. Skill-wise the Rangers don’t match up against a lot of the teams in the NHL, even some of the teams beneath them in the standings. But there are an awful lot of teams not much better overall.
5) Abdelkader. I just wanted to say that, especially since I forgot to type it yesterday.
6) Head up, Anisimov. Head up. Use it or lose it.
Here is the recap from NHL.com, where you can get the official summaries and video highlights, etc.