I know everyone is going to be focused on the benching/poor play of Marian Gaborik tonight. I know people are going to be lauding the great play of the Devils. But truth be told, to me the Rangers just looked like a tired team. A team that had played the maximum amount of games till this point (and going forward till this series is over), and a team that needed a few days off. The Rangers looked tired. I know Torts wants us all to believe that this isn’t a tired team, but I’m not buying it. The sheer amount, and style of hockey the Rangers play makes it nigh impossible to be fresh. Devils looked just a step quicker for most of the game and the Rangers couldn’t get their legs going except for a 10-15 minute stretch in the 2nd, mostly due to the play of Chris Kreider. Outside of that, the Rangers just looked like they had an empty tank.
Because of that, I’m going the team a pass tonight. I know nobody wants to hear it. I know everyone is going to be irate, jumping off of cliffs, blah blah blah. Personally, I saw a team with zero left in the tank, and only lose by 1 goal thanks to 2 deflection goals. Rangers *could* have won this one tonight, despite driving on fumes.
Forget about it. Rest up. Come back on Saturday with a more Ranger like effort.
That’s all. Nothing more to be said guys. Go do something fun with your family, and believe in this team. We’ve won every series after losing game 2. This is no different. I’m not worried, neither you should be.