i honestly have a hard time pinpointing one thing, all these one goal losses were caused by 1 or 2 of the 8 above, its been inconsistent as has this team. i can actually find a reason why each category would deserve a vote.
Offense- inconsistency, inability of gaborik and frolov to an extent to carry to bulk of the load, inconsistency of dubi altho hes been great. Defense- youth and inconsistency, our young core is learning on the fly and in some cases that proves to be a problem, and its been a minor one amongst many this season. Goaltending- im not afraid to say hank has been spotty at times this season, flame me all you want but he went downhill for a stretch there after getting engaged, biron has been/was a brightspot but not anymore Inexperience/stupidity- see defense + dumb mistakes throughout the year across the board have had minor impacts on games, sometimes resulting in losses. not being able to lift the puck(ik how hard that is) and the countless times weve shot it right at a goalie when the net was wide open. Injuries- doesnt really need to be explained, injuries have killed this team its been beaten to death. Lack of toughness- probably the least of the 8 but at certain points in games where we need a fight, we dont have that guy to do it, regardless if we should or shouldnt. and apparantly it was a problem last night, i didnt watch. gumption- admittedly i had to look that up not taking advantage of home ice, coming out dead/slow/uninterested looking Girlroy- yea gilroy blows.
Dan Ellis was superb in net for the Ducks, but the Rangers helped him out by putting the puck into his body too often.
For instance, on the game’s pivotal play in the third period, as Ellis made a diving stick stop on Brandon Dubinsky and the Ducks came down the ice to make it 4-1 on a two-on-one, Dubinsky shot the puck too far to his right instead of roofing it into the short side where Ellis couldn’t reach it.
I think the offense and having a true elite player. Gaborik isn't Jagr.
If they add Richards and get even only a DECENT year from Gaborik next season (30 goals), all of the younger guys should get better and continue to increase production (Anisimov, Stepan, Cally, Dubi) etc.
Also they can add more skill and speed with Kreider and Hagelin and toughness with Valetenko and by doing that not loose much grit.