This is going to be a little shorter than usual since I need to get to bed here in a few minutes.
If you read my previous semi-rant following the Rangers last win against the Lightning you knew that I was a little worried about this team. You could see little bad habits creeping into their game. Tonight they were exposed for their lack of effort in the first 30 minutes of this game and fell out of a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of. Granted, they poured it on at the end of the game, and how they didn’t tie it on the Gaborik scoring attempt off the feed from Fedotenko or the Anisimov scoring attempt at the front of the net I will never know. But regardless, the Rangers didn’t come to play, and it cost them 2 key points. In this NHL you have to play 60 minutes a night, ever night. You can’t half ass half a game, or you will get burned. You have to respect the opposition and play hard from the puck drop. The Rangers didn’t and it cost them.
Towards the end of the game the Rangers seemed to get a little rattled by the Maple Leafs physicality. They started throwing some huge hits out there, just leveling player after player, and the Rangers just seemed to back off a little when that happened. It happened late, and that’s when you need to pick it up, not back it off.
Personally I was not happy with Dan Girardis game at all tonight. He’s usually one of the smarter players we have out there, and his ability to read plays and make passes are second to none, but tonight he just seemed to be unable to keep up with the flow of the game. Horrible pinches, awful reads, and out of position all over the place. It’s a big reason why the Rangers had such difficulty containing the Lupul & Kessel combination. Ok, that’s all for now, I have a crazy busy day tomorrow and it’s already 2 am. Night!