Friday, December 22, 2006

Losing Streak Continues at Four

There is no joy in RangerPundit Ville. The old pundit is working on his tan and his beloved Rangers are getting their backsides tanned night after night. When will this pain stop? Sure there are many things worse than watching the Rangers right now - pulling patrol duy in Baghdad comes to mind. But, this losing streak is sucking the joy out of the holiday season.

The Rangers were up 2-0 after two periods but collapsed defensively in the third. The Rangers went 1-for-9 on the power play. The Panthers capitalized on one of only four power play opportunities. Michael Nylander missed his third straight game with the flu. Can we just blame this losing streak on the flu bug? Jagr is not playing well, does he miss Nylander that much?

On target comment over at the NY Rangers Cafe:

Jagr = this years Ozolinsh? - Last night, Jagr makes the play to set up Ward, but turns the puck over leading to the first Panther goal, then makes little effort to back check and doesn't collapse to help Tyutin on the second goal. Worst yet, his body language is just awful and the turnovers and blind passes seem to be taking away the aggressiveness of his linemates because they have to 180 and cover for the error.

He needs to pick up the pace.
Ditto the "pick up the pace."

ICINGS:

Dec. 22, 2006
CBS Sportsline
Panthers 3, Rangers 2
NY Daily News
Rangers flop in third
NY Post
RANGERS WOBBLE WITH ANOTHER LOSS
Newsday
A meltdown in Florida

Dec. 21, 2006
NY Daily News
Rangers Are Recovering
NY Post
Rangers Summon Isbister
Newsday
Their Own Worst Enemy



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