For the fifth straight game at the Garden, Ottawa beat the Rangers. The team that the Rangers will have to get through if they want to play for the Cup has complete dominance over the Rangers at MSG. It's now five out of five, for the season Ottawa took three out of four. The script is getting old. The Rangers took the early lead and couldn't hold it. Marc Staal had an unlucky night when two pucks deflected off him past an unfortunate Henrik Lundqvist. In past days Lundqvist would have stopped the first, off of Staal's leg, and probably got a glove on the second, off of Staal's stick, but not last night.
But it was of no matter, the Rangers have no offense. The closest they came was a rocket by Jagr off the post in the third period. Shades of Bones Raleigh, circa 1950. I guess I'm doomed to watching Ranger rockets hit crossbars and posts. The best offense came from the fourth line and their forechecking was constantly keeping the puck away from the Senators. However, there are no goal scorers on that line. Come to think about it there are no goal scorers on any line. The Rangers outshot the Senators but most of the shots were from poor angles.
It's close to Christmas so we will cut down on the criticism; but please explain to me why Gomez and Avery got minium ice time in the third period and why with about 1:20 left to play Gomez wasn't on the ice but two defensemen, Rozsival and Tyutin were on the ice. Two goals down and coach clueless is still playing defense.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Posted by mike at 10:02 AM