The Rangers weren’t flat for just 20 minutes, they were flat the entire night. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t all that great, making some good saves here and there, but giving up 4 goals for him is simply unacceptable (spoiled much?). The real culprit though was the defense. Consistently beat on the boards, unable to contain Lecavalier or St. Louis, and unable to bury offensive chances when they had the chance (talking to you Girardi), the D just flat out didn’t play all that great.
It’s really not all that surprising though. Rangers are a little banged up, are running away with the conference, and don’t have all that much to play for. Granted they haven’t locked up the conference title, but it’s going to take a pretty epic collapse, or a pretty epic comeback, or a combination of the 2, for someone to overtake the Rangers this late in the season. I think complacency might be setting in, and the guy who really keeps the team in check, Ryan Callahan, has been out for a few games. Words can’t describe how important captain Cally is to this team. He’s everything Chris Drury wasn’t. A guy who leads by his persona, for sure, but a guy who also gets the job done in every situation. Drury could kill penalties and play a decent even strength game, but Cally can take over games in every facet with just a rock solid overall game. The Rangers need their captain. Now.
Luckily they got a bounceback performance from Brandon Dubinsky to help steal them a very undeserved point. Dubi was flying out there, playing himself from the 4th line center, to the top line left wing in about 45 minutes. Dubi was a force out there, creating chances, moving his feet, and driving to the net. Good for him.
Rangers could use a bit of good news, getting some defenseman back ASAP. Michael Del Zotto was sorely missed tonight.