The Rangers deserved to win tonight. I get that Ottawa is banged up, I get that. I also get the fact that they play the same suffocating system now that the Rangers do, and that can equalize a lot of talent deficiencies, but boy oh boy, the Rangers were just unbelievably unlucky tonight. How many goal posts did they hit? How many WIDE OPEN, completely empty nets did they miss? 3? How the hell does the game winning shootout goal go in?
It’s one of those games where you scratch your head and wonder if you’re watching something like Angels in the Outfield but for hockey. It’s just amazing how unlucky the Rangers were tonight. Oh for sure you gotta acknowledge injury wise the Sens were just devastated out there (ignoring the fact that the Rangers were without Nash, and have been without Sauer for a year now), but I’m not talking about injuries, I’m talking about sheer weird unlucky bounces.
I’m not really sure what to take away from this game though. The Rangers got a point, and will probably get Rick Nash (hopefully) back for the game against Montreal which I’m sure we will lose, so there’s some stuff to be positive about….and it’s not like we got dominated or what not, no, the Rangers played a halfway decent game, they had a lot of scoring chances, but for some reason pucks just would not go. You get the feeling that this team is primed for some floodgates to start opening.
I have not forgotten about Brad Richards.
Yes, he was, again, just God-effing-awful.
However, the issue with Richards right now is 100% mental. What is he doing? Stupid plays. Blind passes, terrible high risk plays that are getting picked off and going against the other way. It’s all decision making stupidity. He’s not super slow and can’t do anything out there, he’s skating at his usual pace. His shot hasn’t completely disappeared, he just has zero confidence in it right now.
It’s between his ears, he’s a professional, he’ll figure it out, or he’ll get eaten up by NY…I choose to be optimistic here.