It was 9:04 of the first period when you should have
realized that the Rangers were in trouble in game 2. Failing to get even 1
power play goal out of 3 gifts from the Pittsburgh Penguins led to the eventual
3-0 loss in game 2 of this series.
While Ranger coach Alain Vigneault took responsibility for the
failures on the power play and said he was going to spend the night trying to
find the solution(s) to the power play woes. I can spare him the time and
energy by telling him that the power play is not going to work as long as you
have players standing still, not willing or able to generate traffic in front
of Penguin goal Marc-Andre Fleury and most of all not attacking the net.
People are screaming for changes in the lineup for game 3
but really who are you going to sit? Not Dan Carcillo who has been an active
force for the Rangers and is as close to an enforcer as the Rangers have.
Sidney Crosby isn’t scoring so I am not wanting to break up the 4th line who has helped keep him off the board.
Unless Chris Kreider is ready to return then there really
isn’t an option to take players out of the lineup. Yes I get it the Rangers
should be exhausted but that is life in the NHL playoffs, it isn’t a skill’s
competition any more but a battle of survival.
Henrik Lundqvist played his best game of the playoffs in
game 2 after really being average in the Flyer series. As long as Henrik
Lundqvist remains hot then the Rangers have a chance.
Sure I didn’t like the loss but I think some people are
forgetting that most people should be happy going home 1-1 after taking away
home ice from the Penguins. If the Rangers continue this odd/even madness then
things should look good for game 3.
Let’s remember as tired as the Rangers are supposed to be,
Pittsburgh is a much older team and they had to go 6 games against a more
physical Columbus. All is not lost and the Rangers can recover to win this
So can we put down the obituaries about the end of the
Ranger season since it is just 1-1. It would be nice for the Rangers to find a
way to win back to back games and who knows they just might grab game’s 3 and
The only wish I really have is for one New York Ranger to
stand up and grab the leadership of this team. OK make it two wishes as I would
also like to see the Rangers keep skating as if they do they will take out the