Saturday, October 24, 2009

Not Good - Rangers fall 5-4 in OT to Canadiens

We'll have the full recap after midnight - but the Rangers losing streak has extended to three - as the Canadiens on their home ice erase a 4-2 second period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.

We did manage a point after two regulation losses - but this was a game where we got more than three for Lundqvist - but it wasn't enough. I wouldn't lay this one on Hank - there were plenty of defensive lapses by the Blueshirts. There were times when it felt like the Canadiens were on the powerplay - but it was really even strength. And I counted 3 times Hank was knocked down - one of those seemed to really hurt Lundqvist - although he stayed on the ice.

The Habs seemed to have more fire and energy than we did as the game went on. Our conditioning edge early in the season seems to be evening out.

Tortorella benched not one - but two players during the game. Brandon Dubinsky, who had previously been demoted off the first line - tonight had a terrible turnover and was sent to the bench and stayed there. And Higgins, who is still goal-less, was late getting back on a 2nd period goal and so he, also sat and watched the third period.

I really like this by the way. Torts is out there coaching and he won't tolerate bad play - and that's how it should be. What a nightmare for Higgins though. Reportedly, out of habit he headed to the wrong locker room when he first arrived - and then played badly against his old mates - and had the humiliation of the benching on top of it.

Horrible to get 4 goals and just one point. And some wonderful play by Girardi, Gabs, Kotalik, Anis and others were wasted in the effort. I'll be back after midnight with more analysis.

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