Each time the New York Rangers win all I hear about is the playoffs and what seed they are at and at different points I try to let myself believe in this team all the while in the back of my head knowing they have not beaten anyone and then there is a game like tonight. Tonight is a step up from the competition of the last four games but nowhere near a true test when a team comes in having gone 1-5-1 in their last seven and 0-6 in weekend home games. The one thing the Jackets possess that the Rangers have been unable to account for all season is speed and it would eventually burn them again tonight. For two plus periods they played a decent if not good game but their inability to cash in on chances left them in a tie game when Henrik Lundqvist let it an awful goal without question and he was bad on the first one in my opinion as well. I am not one of those who is going to jump full on Henrik just because that ended up being the game winner but he does let in way too many soft goals
For all of those who want to blame the loss on Henrik, what about the other 19 guys who played in this game and could only must 1 goal on a Steve Mason who is not exactly Vezina caliber this season? How about the coaching decisions to continually throw Frolov out there on the power play shift after shift to kill chance after chance? How about the utter lack of desperation this team possesses when they trail late in a game by one goal? There are so many things that are wrong with this team that to blame it solely on Henrik is a cop out that happens way too often for fans. This team lacks any sense of a killer instinct to put a wounded team down and instead all they seem to do is take years off the lives of the fans by letting the bad teams hang around and then the fans find a scapegoat for the whole team’s failure to get the result; tonight that is Hank.
Some disturbing stats to keep in mind: Rangers are now 4-13-1 when they are tied or trailing after 2; Rangers are now 6-8 when they outshoot their opponents and 11-3-1 in games they get outshot.
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