Plain and simple, the Rangers should be counting their blessings they even got a point out of yesterday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks in the final game of the Rangers’ world tour. The Rangers were out-played, out-worked and just never got out of the gate. Some reaction on the game, now almost 24-hours later.
Just an awful game all around for the Rangers.
- Have to start limiting the amount of penalties the team takes, especially Brandon Dubinsky. The penalty-kill has been fantastic, but eventually, it’s going to catch up to you. They were very lucky to escape without giving up a PPG, especially to the Ducks’ high-potent offense of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Geltzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne.
- If you’re going to take one positive, Henrik Lundqvist looks to be playing some of the best hockey we’ve ever seen him play. He just looks like he has a new determination this season to take the team and himself to the next level. I think this can be his year to finally win the Vezina.
- The other positive was seeing Brad Richards net his first goal as a Ranger. What a shot.
- John Tortorella is already blowing up some lines, including splitting up Richards and Marian Gaborik, although I think they’ll be put back together Saturday against the New York Islanders.
- Erik Christensen was penciled in for Wojtek Wolski, and was invisible. The big reason he’s still on this team is his shootout prowess, and he just missed the net.
- Mats Zuccarello has to learn to lift the puck in these shootouts. If he lifts that, the Rangers are 1-0-1 instead of 0-0-2.
Ryan Callahan: “Hank gave us a chance [against the Kings], and he gave us a chance again tonight. He gave us the two points here. We don’t have these two points going home without him. But I thought we showed character coming back in the third, too. You give [the Ducks] a lot of credit, but we got our point tonight.”
Brad Richards: “It was an ugly game, and I don’t think either team would say they were happy with how they played. But we battled, Hank gave us a chance, and we got a point. As ugly as it was we just need one shot. And it was a great play by Dubi and a great pass [by Ryan McDonagh] to make it happen.”
Henrik Lundqvist: “This trip has been a great experience, and it’s also been really intense. For me personally going on this trip was very special. Gothenburg is a moment I’ll remember the rest of my life. The fans here, the way they have treated me, has made this so special.”
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