The New York Rangers have spent a lot of money signing top-notch free agents. But those superstars–guys like Rick Nash and Brad Richards– aren’t producing the way many would expect, something that proved costly in Thursday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins.
After taking a 2-1 lead early in period three, the Rangers allowed Boston rookie Torey Krug to tie things up. That being said, New York had plenty of chances to win this game, both in regulation and extra time. They failed to convert, and Brad Marchand made the most of his opportunity by scoring to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead.
It looked like both teams were sleepwalking early on, as there were no big hits, fights or scoring. Netminders Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask shined though, making tons of spectacular, yet routine for them, saves. Then both teams woke up, allowing fans to see a classic game.
Going forward, the Rangers’ offensive stars must step up. They have the talent, as was shown in Monday night’s series-clinching victory over the Washington Capitals. Their defense, not to mention, Lundqvist, have also shown that the Bruins aren’t perfect. However, their lack of consistent production up front could end up being costly because very few goaltenders can hold an opponent scoreless forever.
While losing one game out of seven shouldn’t sting too badly, the Rangers’ inability to get big goals from Richards and Nash, to name a few, might cost them a Stanley Cup. If that happens, mark my words, one or both could be searching for a new home come July 1.