Rangers Vs. Penguins: What Positives Came From That Game? Does Anyone Know?
Notes from the Rangers' loss to the Penguins in Game 2.
- I said this after Game 2 during the first round against the Flyers and I was wrong. I am going to say it again now, but I don't think I'll be wrong this time: If the Rangers don't score on the power play they're going to lose this series. Period. You can't allow the momentum of a game to be shifted because of your incompetence with the man advantage.
- And it certainly turned the tides of Game 2, no? Three power plays in the first nine minutes of the game and the Rangers didn't score. More importantly, they didn't even come close. Two shots on goal. No crease traffic. Very little puck possession in the offensive zone. Even less puck movement. It was't bad. It was atrocious.
- Exactly one player showed up on Sunday, and that was Henrik Lundqvist. How good was he? Seriously, could he have played any better? The first goal Dan Girardi scored on his own team. The second goal he had no chance. And the third goal he wasn't even in the net. Bottom line: This was a one-goal game very late in the third because of Henrik Lundqvist. The offense needs to bail him out in a game like that. And they didn't.
- Another bad game from Ryan McDonagh and Girardi. Rangers won't survive many of those.
- Rick Nash was the best (repeat: the best) Rangers' forward, but he has to start doing something on offense. I told you all, I don't care what offense he produces (goals, assists, screening the goaltender, etc.) so long as he's creating it. That's what he's paid for. Offense. Sunday night? He was physical, had a couple of chances but was on the outside far, far too much. Where is the Rick Nash that crashes the net? Where is the Rick Nash who bullies his way into the slot? Without him scoring, this is going to be a tough series. He needs to be better. Plain and simple.
- Bet all of the people who were crying about Nash not scoring enough would have taken a few assists from him last night, no?
- Same goes for Martin St. Louis. He was nowhere to be found Sunday along with the rest of the team. Same goes for Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. All of them, to the outside. No one crashed the net. How did the Rangers score their overtime goal just two days before? By crashing the net. How did the message get lost that quickly?
- Dan Carcillo was the most aggressive Rangers' forward in terms of going to the dirty areas of the ice. And by that, I mean the dirty scoring areas. That's great to see from him, but a problem in the grand scheme of things.
- Brad Richards should no longer be the conductor of the power play train. He's run his course and whatever magic he had in Game 1 of Round One is gone.
- I've seen some people suggest J.T. Miller for Derek Dorsett and Raphael Diaz for a defenseman. Diaz makes some sense because he can actually run a competent power play. Some are worried about his defensive risks, but I think it's worth the risk. Especially if his minutes are sheltered. As for Miller, I'll take him over Dorsett. If nothing else he provides fresh legs. Maybe that's enough to spark the power play. If not, at least it's something different.
- My word does this team miss Chris Kreider. Holy cow.
- My brain is now fried. I'm lucky I had enough power to even crank this out. Good thing we have a break between ... Oh, wait.
- Again, I'd rather be the Penguins today than the Rangers. Man I hate that feeling.