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I don’t think the Rangers played a poor offensive game. I don’t think the Rangers played a poor defensive game. I don’t think the Rangers had a poor goaltending effort. I think the Flyers are just that damn good. I mean, seriously, it is almost sickening the wealth of talent that team has assembled. They have offense all over the place, and a guy like Nikolai Zherdev, who was asked to carry this Rangers team a few years ago, is not just an afterthought on a team with more weapons than the U.S. Army.

That’s really all there is to it folks. We got whooped by the best team in the East, arguably the best team in hockey. They have so many weapons it almost isn’t fair.

There are a few things worth talking about. 3 players really stood out to me in a negative way.

1)Michal Rozsival. He was putrid, no other way to put it. it happens, hes played very well outside of today.

2)Marian Gaborik. He looks absolutely lost out there. Hes trying, he really is, but he just cant seem to do anything right. he also looks a bit timid in going to the net which is something ive never noticed from him before. While gabby hasnt had the kind of season he did last year, i think a big part of that can be attributed to his linemates. EC hasnt been very good this year for the vast majority of the games, and Gabby has played 0 games with Prospal or Dubi. Hes not the kinda player that can do it all himself with a million moves, hes a get into the open area and snipe the shot kinda guy, or a breakaway kinda guy. his linemates arent getting him the puck in the position to finish. also, hes been looking to pass a lot more this year for some reason…hes had a ton of really nice helpers this season, most of the primary variety. It would be one thing if Gabby wasnt trying. I think he really is trying out there…but hes just not executing, and hes just….off, on everything he does…he puts the burst of speed on when he should slow down and wait for help…he slows down when he should beat the slower defenseman who is caught flat footed…he goes behind the net when he should take it straight to the goal mouth…etc…

I wouldnt bench him. I would put him with Brandon Dubinsky and either Artem Anisimov or Derek Stepan. 2 guys who can create offense without him and who can help him break out of his funk. Torts did this for a few shifts tonight and the trio looked amazing together.

3)Sean Avery. There was a point in time when Sean Avery was an X factor for us. He used to win us some games with his ability to throw other teams off their game, and then for him to chip in with some offense. Sean doesnt do either anymore. He hasn’t frustrated a team in god knows how long, and even his offensive ability has disappeared. I think he may have run his course here in NY.

That’s all for now, enjoy the few days break!


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