BTW, hate to bring of the officiating but I am on one single play....
Straka dumps the puck in tries to get around the player and get taken out.....what happened to the new rules? That was the most obvious infraction of how the NHL wants the game called and it was let go?
i remember thinking that at the time as well. terrible miss by the refs.
and have only seen the first, but Rozsival and Malik had a rough one - out there for three goals. Rozie lets Handzous get the loose puck in front of the net and ultimately scores. Malik has trouble handling Knuble for two goals. Eesh. One curious play by Malik was him with the puck, basically not moving, and a Flyer (I think Kapanen) comes and takes it from him. It was like a video game where the joystick wasn't working.
Jagr's simplay amazing. I agree with Bluenote - at least on the first two goals, Rucinsky was the beneficiary of playing to the Rangers' gameplan - get the puck to Jagr, because it was all Jags - especially the second one.
really little offensive flow - which resulted in the Rangers taking penalties, instead of drawing penalties and the Rangers being outshot by a wide margin.
Ozolinsh is only useful if he scores or creates a scoring opportunity (which doesn't include playing catch with Jagr).
Not having Prucha as the sixth man off the bench is baffling. He still is this team's second leading scorer despite being banished to play with non-offensive players at even strength on not being out there when the team's looking for offense. Rucchin was out there in case of a faceoff, a strategy that really backfired since instead of a goal for, there was a goal against. I put Prucha in there over Sykora anyway.
Can't totally blame Lundqvist for all the goals against. He did at times look slow to react and one has to wonder (or at least me) if the post-Olympics workload has been a lot - Weekes should start against Florida tonight.
Malik, Rozsival and Tyutin struggled a bit - the former two more than the latter one.
Time to rebound against a 'lesser' team. But it doesn't excuse that performance on home ice.
We'll see which lineup Renney brings tonight - no Hollweg - I go with Hossa.
and a disturbing one...late in the third, with Jagr, Nylander and Rucinsky on the ice, the cycle was going somewhat and Forsberg took the puck from Jagr and starting moving up ice. Nylander was several feet away, and on Forsberg's way (meaning if he moved, he may've been able to cut off Forsberg, or broke up a pass to Knuble that resulted in a scoring opportunity). Nylander didn't move. He didn't even float. He stood dead still - not even moving a skate - as another Flyer blew past him. It was disgusting to say the least.