The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in regulation 3-1 on Wednesday night. Two days later, the Blueshirts had a chance to beat up on a bad Calgary Flames team in Alberta, Canada, and give themselves a little breathing room from the pack of teams in the Eastern Conference chasing them for a playoff spot. So, with that being said, did the Rangers come through and defeat a team they should definitely beat last night?
Of course not.
As a Rangers fan, like myself, you should know by now that the Rangers never make their life easy by winning “easy” games. Regardless, good teams find ways to break trends and beat bad teams, especially after coming off of a big win.
Even though the game started out really bad for the Rangers, down 2-0 after the 1st period, the Rangers would then answer with three unanswered goals in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 lead right before giving up two late goals at the end of that same period and finishing off the 2nd down 4-3.
With a full 20 minutes left to either tie the score and force overtime, or score multiple goals and win it in regulation, the Rangers failed to get the equalizer. Final score, 4-3 Flames.
I’m sorry, but the Rangers’ inability to get at least a point out of that game last night, against a team currently sitting in second to last place in the entire Western Conference, is purely unacceptable, and there is just no excuse for it. The pressure is now on the Rangers to win out the road trip, or at least get points in each of the remaining games out west. If they don’t, they may find themselves without home ice advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs, or even worse, completely miss the playoffs all together.