Well, that was the most embarrassing game I have ever witnessed as a New York Rangers fan. Tuesday night was just all-around bad.
The Rangers got romped 9-2 by the San Jose Sharks. Believe it or not, the Rangers actually held a 1-0 lead before the Sharks rolled off seven straight goals. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in the second period after the Sharks scored two goals in a little over a minute. When Martin Biron came in, the Sharks scored about five seconds after making it three goals in a minute and 20 seconds.
The Sharks are a good team this season, and they look like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender coming out of the West to me. However, the Rangers just looked awful last night. There was so much running around in their own zone that you might have thought you were watching a peewee game. Every single player was a step or two slower than the Sharks.
The Sharks dominated every aspect of the game. The offensive zone, neutral zone, defensive zone, power play, penalty kill, breakouts, you name it — the Sharks did it better. The only positive Rangers fans can take out of this game is that Brad Richards scored another goal.
The Sharks are a team that loves to get shots on goal. They had 81 in two games coming into their game against the Rangers. Usually, the Rangers give up a lot of shots, but give them up from the outside. Very rarely do fans see the Rangers give up the number of high-quality scoring chances that they did. Also, the amount of odd-man rushes the Rangers have given up in their first three games is something that all fans needs to keep an eye on.
The Rangers have Wednesday off before they take on the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. They better get their game together,or this west coast trip could be disastrous.