I was under the impression that the game against Boston was about as bad as I would see the Rangers this season. Boy oh boy was I wrong. This was just a complete and utter dismantling by the Penguins. Even the score at 6-3 feels like it was too forgiving for us. Though technically we were in this game for a while, it just felt like the Pens actually came to play, whereas the Rangers figured they could just show up and win.
Like Torts, I am extremely troubled by a lot of what I’m seeing. Lots of it can be attributed to rust, but the blind passes, the horrendous defense by Stu Bickel, the inability to get to the front of the net and get those goalmouth scrums you want to see…there was a lot to be pissed off about.
I’m right there with you Ranger fans, despite the fact that I know these 2 games were going to be losses no matter what, it was extremely troubling to watch the Rangers simply not show up for huge stretches of this game. They didn’t play with the puck at all. They scored a few goals, but by then the game was definitely over.
Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t been himself either. These are both games he would have won for us last year by sheer inhuman determination. He’s played well enough to not be at blame, but I’m so used to seeing Henrik put on the red cape and bail us out of games where it’s a shitshow on ice that seeing him look merely mortal (except for that save against the Brooins) was a little disturbing. His game can almost assuredly be attributed to rust, as can most of the rest of the team. But boy, they have a long way to go before they become the juggernaut that they should be.
The Rick Nash guy is pretty good though.