The New York Rangers were looking for some revenge against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. The Ducks embarrassed the Rangers in their first meeting of the season 6-0, and after the first 10 minutes in this game most people were thinking another rout was in store.
The Rangers got off to an absolutely abysmal start. They were very flat for the first ten minutes of the game, and turnovers were really hurting the Rangers in the first period. A bad turnover by Ryan McDonagh led to the Ducks’ first goal and a bad one by Brad Richards led to the second. The Rangers once again struggled against a backup goaltender which is a problem that has plagued the Rangers for a number of years now.
The Rangers started to push back in what was otherwise a really boring game to watch. There was very little flow because of icing and pucks being chipped out of play. The power play went 0-for-3 failing to score a goal for the first time in the last three games. The Rangers were having a real hard time keeping up with the Ducks’ speed. That makes me question why Alain Vigneault decided to scratch J.T. Miller instead of a slower player like Taylor Pyatt. Michael Del Zotto finally got his first goal of the season and was probably one of the better Rangers on the ice in the game.
It was just an all around ugly game to watch with too many whistles that cost both teams a chance to really get into a flow. But the Rangers need to get off to better starts if they want to continue to win games.