The Rangers travelled to Brick City to play a “home” game against their rivals the New Jersey Devils. And they were terrible. In what was their worst performance of a thus far dreadful season, the Rangers barely bothered to show up in New Jersey.
The Devils, winless for the season, had their way with the heartless, gutless New York Rangers.
There was not a single player on the entire 23 man roster who could walk away saying they played a decent game. Even the healthy scratches were terrible. The training staff looked sloppy on their tape jobs and the video review guy looked sluggish. It was that bad for the Rangers.
Needing to build some momentum off the win in DC, the Blueshirts did this: 6,6,10. That was the number of shots on goal the Blueshirts mustered. Making matters worse, the Devils threw 19 total shots on Henrik Lundqvist, four of which found the back of the net.
The Rangers were awful from start to finish.
The Devils got the game winner 7:22 into the first when John Moore’s weak clearing attempt was grabbed at the line by Anton Volchenkov. The Devils d man fired a slapper at Henrik Lundqvist and as Hank served up a juicy rebound, Derick Brassard, Justin Falk and Taylor Pyatt standing motionless, covering no one, watched as Andrei Loktionov banged home the games first tally.
The Devils doubled their pleasure when Adam Henrique sped by Darrel Powe and Dan Girardi in the neutral zone and ripped one from just outside the faceoff dot by Hank on the short-side. Girardi who is like minus 157 so far this season had no chance at catching or slowing down Henrique and Lundqvist should have stopped the shot.
The Devil’s laugher continued on the power play at 6:00 of the second when Michael Ryder took a pass from Jaromir Jagr (2 apples on the night) and blasted one by Hank from the high slot. Lundqvist was screened on the goal, mostly because Girardi loses every battle in front of the crease, as the Rangers yet again made the area in front of their goalie, the least dangerous place on the ice for opposing forwards.
The misery was closed out when Bryce Salvador fired a slapper on net and the Danus Zubrus, with now threat of being hit, or touched, or even hollered at, jumped into the slot and backhanded home Salvador’s rebound to close out the scoring and stick a fork in the NYR’s pig of an effort.
A few distressing notes:
After 7 games, the New York Rangers are not a good hockey club. Yes they are injured but, so what.
Free of the horrible John Tortorella and his stifiling defensive mind-set, their offense has actually gotten worse under AV.
The Blueshirts have scored a sum total of 11 goals (B-Rich 4, Cally 3, Dorsett 1, McD 1, Staal 1, and John Moore 1) or a measly average of 1.57 pre game!
Unsurprisingly, their defense has also gotten worse. Giving up a whopping 29 goals in 7 games, or 4.14 per.
The slight glimmer of hope is that the season has 75 games left. If the NYR looks like this by Christmas, turn out the lights and let the AV countdown clock begin.
Let’s go Rangers?