Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
With less than complete effort, NYR lose to 0-3 Flyers
Four games. Two points.
My game story is over on newday.com, but didn't have room to include some telling, sum-up comments from Taylor Pyatt, who scored his third goal of the year and played a solid 19:31.
On the Flyers:
“I think they were the more physical team, especially early on, they established that physical game, which they like to do at home, and we’ve got to have a little bit more of a push-back. We were able to respond a little bit there in the second, but it just wasn’t enough.”
Are three losses in the first four games a significant cause for concern:
“Definitely. It’s not the start we were looking for, but we’ve got to continue to work at this. These games are going to come fast at us and we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this hole.”
Is the more skill level or effort that causing you to come up short?
“It’s just a little bit of everything. Everyone’s got to find a way to step up their game a little bit – winning more 1-on-1 battles, getting around the net a little bit more, and more traffic. Just all the simple little details that made this team really strong last year.”
By the way, the coach doesn't want to talk about conditioning or use it as an excuse, but really. He complained that his top guys didn't play that well, but what to expect when they're out there all the time?
Stu Bickel played 2:10; Kris Newbury 5:24, Jeff Halpern 6:10, Anton Stralman 10:59, Steve Eminger 7:20. He's pushing the top 10 guys to win games, and it can catch up. Brad Richards had zero shots. He and Rick Nash and Marian Gabork had three total,
Of course, he benched Chris Kreider.
And there's no help from the minors. "We can;t bring anyone up from Hartford," he said.