I find the Rangers/Leafs games some of the most entertaining. Last year, they were hard fought too.
Tonight, I have a different perspective. The Rangers were ridiculously uneven. I have no clue how a team can let down like they did in the second and then play a decent game later. Yes, the Leafs were better in the first, but it was not exactly ownership.Much of the second period was the Rangers being owned.
Psychotic meds are needed to fix this, I fear. No team should have mood swings like this.
Why wasn't Sauer playing this game? I'd still like to hear why.
We didn't deserve to win, even that one point was lucky and mostly Hank's.
Stupid penalty by Staal at the end, the defense just continues to be atrocious. Staal-Rozy were horrible, and I won't even start about eminger-Gilroy. At least DZ and Girardi (the only dman that looked solid in all three games thus far) were ok. The offense was anemic through two periods (10 shots on home ice, really?) and the partially woke up at least (missing gaborik didn't help of course).
Right now we look closer to the lottery than the playoffs imo, but I think it really is mostly the defense. I really think we have a more balanced and better offense than last year (that can change of course if Gabby misses significant time). I'm sure Staal and Rozy will rebound sooner or later, but I hate our 3rd pairing. I don't expect offense from the 3rd pairing, I just expect solid play in their own zone. Both Eminger and Gilroy are pretty much the opposite of that. If McD and Vtank aren't ready, Sather should try hard to bring in a cheap veteran and pair him with Sauer, so that the 3rd pairing isn't a liability anymore.
The positive is that we have 3 points from 3 games. That could be much worse.
Dubi/AA/Cally have been the Rangers' best line, but, it's not a line that will produce enough to be this team's 1st line, which it is with Gaborik out. Frolov has not yet looked like a 1st liner. Boyle should get more ice time, as should Prust.
The Eminger/Gilroy pairing gave me heart palpitations. How does Eminger end up as one of the D-men on the PK at the end of the game?