It seemed as if the New York Rangers were ready to start another long winning streak. They disposed of the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings with scores of 4-2 and 3-0 respectively. Coming into tonight’s matchup with the Hurricanes, the Rangers could have handled the Hurricanes easily. That is why they play the game, folks.
The Rangers laid an egg and lost to the lowly Hurricanes 3-1. Kevin Klein got the only goal for the Rangers, his first with the team. Right from the start of the game you could tell that the Rangers just didn’t have it tonight. They couldn’t get any sustained pressure going and left Henrik Lundqvist out to dry on all three of the Hurricanes’ goals.
Out of the three goals Lundqvist let up, one was a 2-on-1, another was a 2-on-0 and the last one was a 2-on-1 again. The Rangers’ defense played horribly but the offense was just as bad. Marc Staal and Anton Stralman struggled mightily as they both went minus-3 on the night. The puck might as well have been toxic waste because the Rangers were giving it away all night.
Head coach Alain Vigneault can’t be happy that the Rangers let two points slip away. Not only did they lose a winnable game, they got dominated in the third period. Most of this year the third period has been the Rangers’ best. But tonight they got thoroughly dominated in the third.
At one point the Hurricanes were outshooting the Rangers 11-1 in the third. That is just unacceptable. If the Rangers are trying to be a contender they can’t have poor games like this. Points are too valuable right now and they can’t afford to play down to the level of their opponents.
Next up the Rangers take on one of the better teams out west in the Minnesota Wild. The Rangers have to play a better overall game or else they will be blown off the ice.