Last night’s game was not very pleasant to watch as the Rangers were slaughtered by the Sharks 9-2. Possibly suffering from team-wide fatigue playing on the second of back-to-back nights, the Rangers sloppy defense really hurt them the entire night. Outshot 47-20! the Blueshirts looked overmatched by the Sharks offensive attack.
Rick Nash was blasted in the head (again) by a Brad Stuart elbow in the first and the Rangers’ star was pulled for the rest of the game and is possibly concussed (again.) The Rangers offered no response (again) to their star being injured with a high hit.
It will not be pretty for the Rangers Nash is out for any extended period of time. With Nash leaving the game, Mats Zucarello got some playing time on the first line alongside Derek Stepan and Brad Richards but that didn’t help.
Brad Richards continued his torrid streak (currently on pace for 82 goals), opening the scoring with a PP blast. And aside from a very nice breakaway goal by Derek Dorsett in the middle of the third, the Rangers didn’t really do anything else.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after giving up four goals in the first half of the game and 19 year old Tomas Hertl and his amazing four goal performance destroyed the Rangers. Martin Biron relieved Hank and looked like a beer league goalie. Biron will be forever immortalized in video as the goalie who looked completely lost on Hertl’s fourth goal. The Sharks rookie pulled off a “Malik” between the legs shot that will likely go down as goal of the year.
San Jose dominated the Rangers along the boards and pretty much everywhere on the ice.
In order for the Rangers to get a good start on the road they will need to rest Lundqvist and not overplay him, if Biron looks as bad as he did last night, that will be difficult. They will also need to try to develop more chemistry defensively in AV’s new system. The defense last night was horrendous.
The Rangers look to rebound on Thursday night in Anaheim.