This was a great game. There really is no shame in loosing a game like this. Truthfully, that’s how I feel. Am I unhappy we lost? Of course. But I still think the team played a pretty good game, defended really well, and fought tooth and nail all the way till the end. They scored a couple of PP goals, they got great goaltending, good play from their stars. It was just a damn good game that we lost. It happens. Move on, there’s still a lot of hockey to be played, Rangers just need to win 2 out of 3, with 2 home games still to be played. I like our chances.
Brad Richards was quite good tonight, as was Marian Gaborik. Gabby played very well but just couldn’t seem to get over that final hump and put the puck in the back of the net. The guy is trying really hard out there, and you can tell that duo desperately misses Carl Hagelin.
Torts decided to reunite the AA-Stepan-Gabby trio and the Dubi-Richards-Cally trio. I’m not really sure I agree with this, as the combination of Gaborik and Richards carried the Rangers for about 2 months now. I guess that shows you just how damn important Carl Hagelin is to that line when they can’t do jack without him in the lineup. As I’ve said repeatedly for months and months now, the Rangers need a legitimate 3rd option behind Gaborik and Richards. Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise…whoever. They need a 3rd option, especially while their kids, who are prone to ups and down (for proof, see Derek Stepan) develop.
I hope game 5 is just as exciting.