Yes, that’s right, kids. The sky is falling.
This was an unsightly loss, caused by a dreadful start and a God-awful defensive-zone breakdown late in the third period.
But … c’mon. Teams don’t have bad losses during 82-game seasons?
1) What do you do if you’re a player or a coach and you don’t know why your team is sluggish, and you can’t seem to get out of it? I know, there’s no answer to that question. Or if there is, the Rangers don’t have it.
2) A lot of emphasis was put on the two non-calls against Gaborik. I thought on the first one he was tripped. I thought the second one deserved no penalty.
3) That doesn’t excuse the lethargy and the parade of lazy/careless passes that marked that power play, nor the play(s) that led to the short-handed goal—the final one by Gaborik.
4) That new No. 1 line sure looked lousy on the GWG. All three of them, and the two young third-pair defensemen.
5) I liked Stepan on the power play. He had a few gaffes, but also did some good things. I liked Staal there, too, except for one pass on the early PP that led to the SHG. Stepan was not to blame for the shorty.
6) Imagine if Alex Kovalev played. What’s that? He did?
7) I don’t know why they play these 5 p.m. games. It’s no excuse, but the arena was dead, and it’s an odd time for the players. Should have been worse for Ottawa, which played at home the night before.
8) Alex Frolov is inching closer to the prucha list.
9) Rozsival’s been pretty good since he got back. He played a few shifts with Staal yesterday. I like Staal-Rozsival and Girardi-Del Zotto a lot better than the other way around.
10) Sorry for the late post. Today I got off to the same kind of start the Rangers had last night.
11) That was not the type of loss after which you’d like three days off. On the positive side, the Rangers get to play the Senators again. Should be some payback theme.
AP Photo, above.