Friday, January 15, 2010

Postgame Reactions - Rangers vs. Senators 1/14

Senators 2, Rangers 0
  • There is no other way to say it other than this: BAD LOSS.
  • The Rangers were outworked for 60 minutes tonight.  When they did gain control of the puck long enough to set something up offensively, there wasn't enough traffic going to the net.  They made a team that had lost 5 straight, all by at least 3 goals, look really good.  The same team was missing 3 of its top forwards (Alfredsson, Spezza, Michalek) and its top netminder (Leclaire) due to injury.  
  • The Senators wanted it much more than the Rangers did tonight and it was clear from the opening drop of the puck.  They won more battles for the puck than any team should in 60 minutes.
  • There were a few bright spots for the Blueshirts tonight...
    • The Rangers were 44-19 on faceoffs.  Drury won 19 of 24 and Christensen won 10 of 13.
    • They managed to stay out of the penalty box again, having to kill off just 1 Ottawa power play.
    • Dan Girardi continued his strong defensive play, and chipped in 4 shots to go along with his 5 hits.
  • Christensen and Higgins were both demoted from their respective lines in the third period.  You have to think that Aaron Voros and Enver Lisin are both going to get at least 1 game each this weekend, if for no other reason than they will both fight for the puck and drive to the net.
  • Henrik Lundqvist has been razor sharp recently.  He had 1 lapse tonight and it was unfortunately at a rather inopportune time.  If the puck had been cleared (as it should have been at least twice), Lundqvist probably records his second shutout in as many games.
  • I had a feeling that Kovalev would play a role in the outcome of this game.  He turns it on every time he plays at the Garden.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog - solid take. Sens NEEDED that win & had nothing to lose. Could the win have anything to do with the day off to skate at Central Park the day before?