The New York Rangers (24-20-7) lost to the Philadelphia Flyers (25-21-3) by the score of 2-0, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...got to say this is the angriest I've been after a game in awhile. I'll try to keep my emotions in check while I compile my thoughts on the game.
...tonight was a big test for the Rangers and they failed miserably. They had no answer for the Flyers physical game and were run out of the building.
...and the person I blame for everything that went down in the second period is Glen Sather. By not re-signing Colton Orr the Rangers have no intimidating presence in the line-up which allows a physical team like the Flyers to pound them up and down the ice. I can promise you that if Orr's in the line-up Carcillo doesn't come near Gaborik.
...not that he had any before tonight but I'm sure Carcillo lost a lot of respect around the league.
...speaking of losing some respect. I lost a little for Girardi as he just sat there and watched Gaborik take a beating. Unstead of doing this.
...my biggest disappointment of the night is that the Rangers didn't use the Gaborik fight as a rallying cry to step-up their game. Sure they got into a few scraps afterward, but they didn't toughen up. No forecheck, no hitting, nothing.
...was Callahan a healthy scratch tonight?
...i guess the Rangers scoring barrage the last few games was more of a mirage.
...the Rangers need to lick their wounds quickly as they're back at it Saturday night in Montreal.