Friday, January 15, 2010

Another Brodeur (Michael) Shuts Out Rangers

Its one thing to get shut out by Marty Brodeur and the Devils but to follow it up with a goalless 60 minutes against Michael Brodeur and the Senators is unimaginable. However, it happened and it was dredful. The Rangers scored no goals against a team that had given up 22 goals in five games. The Rangers scored no goals against a team that had lost five straight games. The Rangers scored no goals against a team that was playing without two of its stars, Alfredsson and Spezza. The Rangers scored no goals against a team that was playing a rookie goalie in only his second game of the season.

It was so bad a performance that Tortorella called a timeout after only 4:46 of playing time. It didn't work. Nothing changed. This team needs a drastic over haul. I would start by stripping the captaincy from Drury and turning it over to Lundqvist. Lundqvist is the only player on the team that night after night, game after game, puts out 100%. Maybe Avery is the other. Make him an alternate. Send some people to Hartford. Bring up more kids from Hartford. Trade for some bruisers and guys not afraid to go to the net.

Speaking of bruisers, when is the Brashear experiment going to end? He had two so called fights last night against Matt Carkner and in the second fight Carkner decked Brashear with a right that sent Brashear to the ice. If Brashear can't fight, why keep him? So the scoring malaise continues and is now stretched to 144 minutes and 23 seconds. That is over seven periods without a goal. Also the power play is now a pathetic 3-38 after going 0-2.

So the apolagists keep bragging that the Rangers have gotten a point in seven of their last eight games, (4-1-3). Thats also four losses in the last eight games. Now the toughest part of the schedule is coming and this team cannot score goals. I said it then and I repeat it now. That is fools gold and the day of reckoning is coming soon.



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