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Lazy Rangers Throw Away Two Points
The desperate Senators wanted the win more, and got it


Brandon Prust was one of the few Rangers who came to play tonight


Brandon Prust was one of the few Rangers who came to play tonight

 

The Rangers threw away would should have been an easy two points tonight against a floundering Senators squad.  They came out flat and even once they started hustling a bit the Blueshirts played down to the level of their opponent.  There will be plenty of tougher games on the schedule than this, and that makes it a tough loss to swallow.  Some thoughts:

- Just an embarrassing start for the Rangers.  Granted, Ottawa is about as desperate a team as there is out there, and may be close to making major personnel moves or switching coaches, but the Senators played less than 24 hours before the start of tonight’s game and still controlled play during the first period.  The Senators had way more jump and desire, and even a John Tortorella timeout did little to wake up the Rangers.  Unfortunately, this is something we’re used to with the Rangers.  As soon as the team wins a few games, it seems to get a huge ego boost and the collective thought that it can come out and cruise through games and still get a win.  These guys should be self-aware enough to know that nothing but their best effort will be enough on most nights; they’re not the Capitals or Penguins or Red Wings.  But they’ve done this countless times over the last few years.  Luckily Ottawa couldn’t buy a goal and there was no harm done, giving the Rangers a shot to wake up in the second period.  But that was just an unacceptable and disappointing start given all the positives we’ve seen from the Rangers lately.

- Tortorella’s timeout did nothing, but the line combination of Sean Avery/Derek Stepan/Ryan Callahan finally provided a spark towards the end of the first period.  Torts may be a lot of things, but he is extremely willing to mix things up.  For someone that can be as temperamental as Tortorella, it is interesting that he doesn’t have any sense of pride when it comes to his line combinations.  Time and time again, Tortorella has conceded during games that his combinations aren’t working, and he’s more than willing to switch them up.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but when the team comes out as flat as it did tonight, a line switch is a simple, and sometimes effective, change to make.

 

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | December 5, 2010 at 08:20 pm
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