Monday, December 06, 2010

Another Stinking Home Loss

I have been saying for a long time that this Ranger team lacks consistency. Last night they proved me wrong. Last night they were consistent. Consistenly bad. They started slow and in the end they came to a stop as they watched Chris Kelly score the second of his three goals enroute to a 3-1 Ranger loss.

Usually there is some good in a loss. Not last night. Bad enough the top line was on when the winning goal was scored. Bad enough that the Rangers were on a power play when Kelly scored his first goal. Bad enough that the Kelly goal was the first goal for Ottawa in over 200 minutes. Bad enough that the Rangers didn't show up.

In the last three home games the Rangers have scored just four goals and one was an empty netter. After the game the coach thought that the power play looked good. The Rangers were 0-4 on the power play, got a total of three shots, all on the last PP, and the coach says they looked good. Looked good? Does that mean they were clean shaven? They keep on looking that good and we may never win another game.

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  • blow-me-down said...

    This game can only be described one way, and that is as the pissing away of two points.
    Gift-wrapping two points to a team that is a direct competitor for a playoff spot.

    Tortorella has either been studying method acting, or is heavily sedated. He looked calm in the post game presser.

    Black is white, up is down, good is bad, round is square...

  • Dan Stryker said...

    "Pissing away" is correct sir. When you have to call a timeout within the first 4 minutes of the game, usually the end result will not be good. Does this point back to no leader in the locker room?

  • mike said...

    blow-me-down-No goal is no goal. Perhaps the coach is shell shocked and has run out of words.

  • mike said...

    Dan Stryker-Plus no leadership on the bench.

  • blow-me-down said...

    Hey guys.
    I admire Tortorella's restraint and I like the way he has all the young guys getting in and out of the icetime. He's really looking like the leader they need.

    Just wondering what/how is going on with the powerplay. It's the only thing that truly worries me.

  • wes said...

    I've heard Torts say several times he pretty much likes the work ethic of this team, and he's not getting too worked up if the shots aren't going in. But, calling a timeout that early contradicts that assumption.

    Running Stepan out their on the powerplay seems like on-the-job training. I hope he figures it out in time for the playoffs.