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Prior to the game John Tortorella put the challenge to the boys. To come out strong, to win the tough battles, to take a hit, and give a hit to make the play. To out work, out muscle, and out “care” the opposition. And against yet another bottom feeding opponent, the Rangers came out flat, disinterested, sloppy, and occasionally downright stupid with their play. Henrik Lundqvists Goals Against Average continues to take a beating, thanks to stupid unforced turnovers, and braindead decision making by almost every player out there leading to breakaways and undefended shots from the slot.

The most heartbreaking aspect of tonights game was that there was so little offensive zone pressure in the areas you have to pay the price to get to. The Rangers just stayed to the perimeter, had battles on the boards, and more often than not, lost those battles leading to rushes against. What angers me more than anything here is that it is the rookies, Dane Byers, PA Parenteau, and the other young players who are playing relatively well. Meanwhile guys like Donald Brashear, and Chris Drury, older veteran guys who have very specific roles, are playing like absolute crap. Brashear you sort of expect, the guy is a pugilist, he is there to knock out some teeth, he’s going to make some dumb plays out there. Drury though has been nothing more or less than what Blair Betts was to us last year. A penalty killer, a strong defensive player, and a hard worker. With zero offensive ability whatsoever. He isn’t getting good scoring chances, he isn’t setting up good scoring chances, he isn’t even winning faceoffs anymore. All he does is plays defensive hockey. Which would be fine if he was a 3rd or a 4th line role player. But no, this guy is the CAPTAIN of this team. The CAPTAIN!!! The guy who needs to lead this team, to wake their asses up, to get them to play hard, to lead by example and score some clutch goals. Instead Captain Cardboard has done nothing to warrant a 2 million dollar a year contract, nevermind the unfathomable 7 million dollar a year deal he is actually on.

Don’t use the injury excuse either, we have played 2 of the weakest teams in the NHL who have had their share of injuries the past few years, and they took us to task. This falls right on the lap of the leadership of this team. I’m looking at you Chris. Oh, don’t worry, I don’t expect this loss to ruin your Halloween.

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