Rangers Get Fried By Fish Sticks; Fall To Islanders 7-2 At MSG

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There are little to no silver-linings after the Rangers 7-2 loss to the Islanders. The best thing to be said is at least they can get back on track Sunday against the Penguins.

A little help

Ondrej Pavelec got the start and gave up five goals and Henrik Lundqvist came in and gave up two late goals. Quite simply, neither goalie was at fault for the score. The Rangers came out and decided to not clear the puck out of their zone and not communicate on the back end.

The first goal of the game went to Anthony Beauviller on a wide open shot from the slot. Lack of communication allowed Beauviller to rifle one past Pavelec on the short side. The second goal for the Islanders came because of a bad pinch and an injured player. Brady Skjei hit Vinni Lettieri with a shot. Skjei pinched and allowed Prince to skate free. This forced Shattenkirk to try and get back with no luck.

The trend continued and open looks led to goals. The moral of the story, it doesn’t matter who is in net if the team doesn’t play defense.

Thou Shalt Not Shoot

Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass. All the New York Rangers do is pass the puck. Seldom if ever, is there a game where they don’t give up a solid chance that they don’t surrender in order for a pass. It kills them more times than it helps them and also drives the fans crazy. This team cannot expect to end their scoring struggles by passing up quality chances.

There’s Always Tomorrow

The Rangers are back at it against the Penguins tomorrow. Lundqvist will probably get a full game and also will probably have some choice words during the pregame. Just like he did when he came in for Pavelec.

The final stretch is upon them and they cannot afford to blow games. As cliche as it sounds, every point matters. A regulation win, while at this point sounds like a snowstorm in August, is a dire need.

Puck drops at 730!


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