Rangers Can't Cope with the Habs

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I attended the game last night hoping for a win for the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, the game didn't work out the way I had planned it to. The Blueshirts took it on the chin by a final margin of 6-3.

Henrik Lundqvist came up with a clunker of a game as 2 of his gaffs led directly to easy Montreal goals. The Rangers played catch-up hockey from there on until the game ended - never taking the lead. Montreal's first goal was an empty netter by Alex Kovalev off of a terrible pass by the King (Even I could have scored on that one). The Captain, Chris Drury, banked a shot off a Hab player to tie it at 1. However, a rotten line change lead to a huge rebound off of a Lundqvist save (not a good rebound). The rebound let to a Latendresse goal for the Habs, giving them a 2-1 lead. In the 2nd period Ryan Callahan, probably the MVP of the forwards this season, tied the game at 2. It was nice checker board type passing that lead to the goal.

Early in the 3rd period, Andrei Markov ripped one of the best wristshots I have ever seen past a stunned Lundqvist - as a result, the crowd was stunned as well (it was a beauty)! Later on in the period, the old pro Robert Lang (who ended up with a hat-trick) undressed Marc Staal on a one-on-one and roofed the puck over the King's shoulder (Staal's gotta keep his eyes on the body and not the puck). A little bit earlier, Rozsival got the rangers close, but Lang finished the scoring by adding the final 2 goals of the game to make it a 6-3 final and a win for the Habs.

My observations of the game are that Callahan, Dawes, and Prucha stood out with their hustle and play throughout the game (Especially Prucha). Is it a good thing? I'm not sure. On a night where Georges Laraque is not in the line-up, I thought the Rangers might take it physical to Montreal - but that never happened. You've got to take advantage of chinks in the other teams' armor and that was one the Rangers could have used but didn't! Don't ask me why. I don't know.

I also want to vent about the Gary Bettman rules of hockey. Hey, Gary... obviously some of your rules haven't worked. Fans get disgusted at some of the lame calls made in the NHL and there were some last night. Voros' hook? Rozsival's? And obviously there were some very valid calls (Gomez, what were you thinking?). Please don't insult me and the fans with the "I'm gonna make the game better" spiel, let the players play damn it!

However, the best part of the night for my wife and I was seeing some old teammates and friends, as usual. Starting with Nicky Fotiu, Vic Hadfield, Rod Gilbert, Glenn Anderson, Rangers scout Ray Clearwater (He coached me in New Haven), Ron Duguay, and last but not least - Ron Greschner (His jersey should be retired... the numbers don't lie) and his lovely wife Lori (I was beginning to think that she didn't exist). In the end, it was a great night socially, but not so great for our beloved Blueshirts. Over and out!

8 comments:

Leatherneck said...

hiya Chris...that was the worst officiated game i have seen this year...it was a biased game for those refs..who knew the game was on TSN...i think its time to send Bettman a patition...truely..i wish he would watch the games in the 80's..even the 70's...though the 70's was a very goon it up game and the 80's brought skill and added it to toughness..Lundqvist was horrible..first game that I can say..he lost not the Rangers...next time you see the lads...send them my regards from Vegas...i miss fotiu's puck tossing at the end of warm ups...never got one of em pucks..lol...if only you had stayed..and not been traded for another smurf in Mike Rogers..what a defense...reijo and beck, you and Gresch and Laidlaw and Baker...not a bad D...fast forward you guys to today..please..lol...finally...a trade must happen..there are some glaring things that need to be fixed...OOOH RAAH

Kotsy's Korner said...

leatherneck: Leatherneck, bitter sweet night for me and my wife. Lousy game result, but great time with my friends and former teammates.

I agree this one was one of Lundqvist's worst games this season.

I am truly tired of this new age of Gary Bettman Hockey. All the excuse's don't cut it with me. It's garbage!

Wish we could of stayed longer but.....

Jeff said...

Hey Chris, Good to hear you had a good night with former teammates and friends despite the final score. I saw Brad Park was there as well, did you meet him?

To talk about the game, well, we all saw how the referees broke our momentum, the call on Voros is pure fiction, that killed everything built by the Rangers during the game. True, this new NHL and those no-contact rules are starting to be a joke if it's not the case for a while. I'm not a NHL follower for decades so I don't have all the elements, but as far as I remember, the game was a lot more entertaining in the 90's. Can the NHLPA for example do something? Just an idea, probably a stupid one. ^^,

What the hell Gomez was thinking? I won't develop, no need to... huh, well. Maybe he found his opponent's stick more attractive than his old one, I don't know...

What happens to Henrik? That's becoming more and more embarrassing. I know that's a very sensitive topic, and we certainly don't need him to struggle, but the facts are here, he's not playing well since November now. Except for rare games we can count on the fingers of one hand. We knew he's weak on high shots, and I have the (bad) feeling he simply can't stop any puck coming high. That's very confusing me.

Anyway, he'll make the ASG, let's hope that will give him some confidence back. We can trade all the Gomez, Drury or Redden on earth, we'll go anywhere without a weakened Lundqvist.

By the way, speaking of lame officiating, anyone saw this? Players received only a minor for roughing?!

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=fnbiudV-Edw

Kotsy's Korner said...

jeff: Jeff, I never got a chance to meet Brad Park last night(great player), although I played against him for many years.

Jeff believe me when we talk amongst are selves (my former teammates) the game has changed and not for the better.

No hitting, no honesty, lousy rule changes. WE all and I stress all think it's a joke.

Gary Bettman blew it , but does not want to admit he and his cronies were wrong.

Some of the penalty's called last night and lack of towards the Canadians was laughable.(You can't play the game without penalty's)

Unfortunately for Lundqvist the pressure is immense. The lack of scoring and consistent offense from his own team has got to be on his mind.

If the King doesn't keep the score under 2 against then what chance do the Rangers have? The fans know it and I believe he does too.

That video was ridiculous, minor penalties... Please.

JohnM said...

WHEN DOES IT END? THE RANGERS DEFENDERS DO NOT STAND UP. THE FORWARDS LOOK DISORGANIZED ON ALL ASPECTS. THE 4TH LINE STARTS THE GAME ON HOME ICE. ALL BUT MAILING A HAND DELIVERED MESSAGE TO MONTREAL AND THE REST OF THE RANGERS THAT RENNEY DOESN'T THINK HIS NUMBER ONE LINE CAN MATCH THE CANADIAN'S TOP LINE. WHY NOT JUST STAY HOME NEXT TIME AND CALL THE LEAGUE AND FORFEIT THE GAME?
THE RANGERS LOST LAST NIGHT BECAUSE THEY USED THE FOURTH LINE TOO MUCH. WHICH CAUSED THE REST OF THE OFFENSIVE PLAYERS TO NEVER GET A RHYTHM.
Brad Park was sitting near me last night. As we walked out at the end of the game, I introduced myself and asked Brad what would have happened if forwards flew around him as they were against Ranger defensemen last night. Mr Park answered by saying that first of all, no one ever got around him ! That was cool! Brad Park is a hall of famer and a former Rangers captain. He battled Bobby Orr for top dog on defense when he played. His number 2 should be honored.

Kotsy's Korner said...

johnM: johnM, If the forwards flew around us "Old Timers" they eventually would have payed a price to do it. No free rides.

There is no honesty left in today's game. Bettman and his cronies geared the game towards high flying (European style) no touch Hockey. It's a joke.

Brad Park was obviously one of the best "D-men" that ever played the game. Too often we forget the players of the past and what they meant to the game of Hockey.

The Dark Ranger said...

Chris,
Bloggers and former Rangers unite! We're all seeing the same things and it appears that 2009 will bring us some good wins and some tragic ones. What do you think Renney has next for us in his mobile chemistry set? More lines....more lines....

happy new year too.

tdr

Kotsy's Korner said...

the Dark Ranger: Dark Ranger, It was disappointing being there in person at MSG to see our beloved Rangers lose to the Habs the way they did.

I did take solace that I got to see some of my friends and former teammates. Still a win would of been nice.

As for Renney's lines ...Who knows?
We can only hope they survive this road stretch and escape without much damage.

Happy New Year too you as well.

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