Thursday, January 03, 2008

Slow Start — Worse Finish

The Rangers did what Ranger teams have done over the years. They come out slow, relaxed and unprepared and a little over a minute into the game they are down 1-0. While they fought back to 2-1 and 3-2 they eventually lost 4-3 ,because even their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, allowed one of the cheapest goals he has allowed all year.

They screened their goalie, guess who, for the first goal? They then put on a Marx Brothers act, which allowed Jerome IIginla to score at Lundqvist's doorstep. Then on a power play a defenseman, guess who, first challenged Iginla and then backed off while a forward left him untouched. On our end 'The Wrong Hossa' was at the doorstep of Miikka Kiprusoff for a gimmee but didn't shoot hard enough or didn't loft it over the goalie.

So we move from one hot team to another, the Canucks. But all is well with the world because Dubinsky played well, but the predictable breakdowns and screw ups broke down and screwed up. And Dawes and Baranka stay in Hartford.

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  • Stryker said...

    Hate to say it now, but Rangers need another 2-3 years before they will be in the elite. Jagr, Shanny, Straka, half the D will be all long gone by then and we will finally have good, young talent from Wolf Pack up here who will be hungry enough to want to win.

    Time to cut loose the defense first game plan "clueless" has mandated this year.

    Just venting, hope I'm wrong about this year...

  • mike said...

    stryker-You are not wrong, you are right on target. It is time to unload the 'super oldies'.