Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bad Point

The New York Rangers (34-24-9) were defeated by the New York Islanders (32-29-7) 4-3 in a shootout. Rekindling memories of the Islanders’ final week run to the playoffs last year, Wade Dubielewicz made 27 saves and stopped five of six shots in the shootout. Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes and Chris Drury scored for the Rangers, 7-0-3 in their last 10. The Islanders are 10th in the East, three points and two places below the postseason cutoff. The Rangers are in seventh, three points ahead of Philadelphia. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.

...I don't think I've ever seen a game where one team completely outplayed the other for all 65 minutes and lost. From the drop of the puck the Rangers were flying. But for some reason the puck was not bouncing our way. We hit pipes, we shot just wide, pucks were deflecting in on Lundqvist. Usually when you work as hard as the Rangers did offensively the breaks go your way, but not tonight. Like the guy sitting next to me last night said, Dubielewicz must have a horseshoe up his ass.

...despite all the bad bounces, the Rangers showed great resilience by fighting back from a 3-1 deficit to get the game into overtime. to the shootout. I gave Renney high praise the other night for his shootout lineup, after last night I have to take it back. Why is Gomez in the top three? And then Rozsival goes fifth? Bad lineup. Then to the actual shooters. Hit the net please. Dubielewicz is a short goalie bang it top corner like Tambellini did to win it for the Islanders. Rangers shooters let us down in the shootout.

...another game, another subpar performance by Lundqvist. In the last two games he's given up six goals on 26 shots. Not good. And I can't kill Lundqvist for any of the goals he let in last night, but he's not making the tough saves that elite goaltenders make. Could we see a Valiquette vs. Dubielewicz matchup tomorrow night?

...oh yeah, can we please get rid of Backman. The guy is a menace.

...we got lucky again on the out-of-town scoreboard as Philly lost in regulation and Boston lost in overtime.

...another big game against the Islanders tomorrow.

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