The New York Rangers were looking to put some distance between themselves and the Philadelphia Flyers for second place in the Metropolitan division tonight. They were facing a far inferior Calgary Flames team that is one of the bottom feeders in the Western Conference. This had all the makings of a letdown game for the Rangers and sure enough that’s exactly what it was.
The Rangers fell to the Flames 4-3 in a really bad loss. They trailed 2-0 and rallied to take a 3-2 lead but saw it dissipate in a wild second period. Henrik Lundqvist let up a soft goal with seven seconds left in the second period that turned out to be the game winner.
The Rangers had this game right where they wanted it. They just couldn’t finish the job. They scored three goals in a span of 3:37 but that was all the offense they could muster. Despite having over 40 shots they had a tough time solving Flames’ goalie Karri Ramo.
This loss hurts even more for the Rangers because the Flyers won tonight and drew to within one point in their divisional race. The Flyers also have two games in hand on the Rangers. Home-ice advantage could be huge in that potential playoff series.
Safe to say the Rangers have struggled against bad teams. This type of inconsistency has anchored down this team all season long. It is too late to change who they are and they are an inconsistent team. But come playoff time there can be no time for letdowns like tonight.