Rangers Afterthoughts: That was the best damn loss in ages
The Rangers fell to the rival Islanders in a shootout at the Barclays Center (aka: MSG Brooklyn) and I ain’t even mad…not even a little.
For most of the game, I felt the Rangers were the better team. If not for Jaro Halak, the Rangers would’ve won the game in the first period. The difference maker and what gave the Islanders life? A lazy hooking penalty by Keith Yandle and an unfortunate delay of game against Dan Girardi. The result a John Tavares 5-3 PP goal.
The Blueshirts did stay in their system and Viktor Stalberg got a good bounce to put it behind Halak to even the game. From there the teams traded a few chances and ultimately the Islanders prevailed in a shootout.
If the Rangers play this way going forward, wins in their next 6 games are very possible (Col, Ott, @Van, @Edm, @Cgy, Edm).
Lots of tongue and cheek here but Tanner Glass left quite an impression on not only me but many Rangers fans last night. He was physical, fast (for him), and smart. He made plays and even got some excellent scoring chances. I doubt it will last, but it was really nice to see.
Glass drove over 5 hours, called his Dad and was very grateful to get another opportunity to play in the NHL. Will it stick? Efforts like last night are the only way because Emerson Etem has continued to fail at impressing myself and more importantly, the coaching staff.
— FullTilt Rangers (@NYR_FullTilt) December 3, 2015
Please keep doing what you’re doing.
Rangers vs. Avalanche tonight!
Expect to see Antti Raanta between the pipes and more of the same energy from the team like last night. While it may look like a trap game to some, the Rangers know what’s at stake and will need a complete game from all 4 lines.
Keep your eyes on the unit of (you guessed it) Oscar Lindberg, J.T. Miller and Tanner Glass tonight. They were very difficult to handle for the Islanders and the Avalanche are extremely weak at handling the type of cycle and puck pressure they will throw at them.