Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thoughts from Rangers 4-1 Loss @ Vancouver

  • So, Gaborik is NOT in fact Superman, and he cant save us all the time. He did it last game against Boston and has done it all season so far coming up clutch in third periods. Didn't happen tonight but lets hope the rest of the squad can pick up the scoring and we wont need his clutch heroics so often. 
  • Chris Higgins CAN score.  For all those who doubted that, #21 picked up his first goal of the season and first as a Ranger. Lets hope that this is a sign of more to come from Higgins. He has been clearly off his game due to his lack of scoring and hopefully with that load lifted off his shoulders he will be able to contribute more.
  • What happened to the Ranger Power Play from the beginning of the season?? The powerplay tonight was looking all too much like the 2008-2009 powerplay horror. Vancouver was 22nd in the league at the PK coming into tonight, but were able to hold the Blueshirts to 0-5 of the PP tonight. Not good when the goals aren't coming as easily,they need to be able to tally a few when given the man advantage.
  • Penalties continue to be a problem. Torts will not be happy about that as he has been stressing it all season long. Rozsival's hooking penalty at 13:26 was really the hardest one to swallow, as that gave Vancouver the opportunity to score their third goal and give themselves a 3-1 lead with less than 6 minutes left in the game. 
  • Lundqvist played phenomenal once again tonight. Not much else he could have done to prevent those goals. Turnovers, missed clears and open men in front...sounds like the job of defensemen and forwards, not goaltenders.
  • Great game from Ales Kotalik.  In my opinion he was the best Ranger forward tonight by far. He didn't show up on the scorecard but he led the team in shots (5), clearly had the best chances and seemed to be on his game.
  • How about Dane Byers holding his own in the toughness category. He is making the most of his time up in the NHL by playing the tough guy role that Torts likes in him. He does not back down from a fight and stands up for his teammates. Somebody had to step up and do that (ahem Brashear). Nice to see, well done Dane.
Photo: (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

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