It was like watching a game in low-def. Or better still, slow-def.
Yes, the Rangers now have points in six straight, a necessary accomplishment in order to make the post-season, but the energy, the sharpness was simply not there.
One possible factor: Rangers had full practice this morning, not the usual optional.
“I didn’t see it coming,” said coach John Tortorella. “Surprised? Yeah….It’s a huge point as long as we understand and we go back to work tomorrow. This team will respond.”
Said Henrik Lundqvist, who will make his 400th career appearance in Boston: Ottawa “probably wanted a low tempo game and we let them…They worked hard. They still want to end the season on a good note.”
In his first game back after missing two with an undisclosed injury, Marc Staal played a team high 29:34. The assist on Brandon Prust’s goal was his 20th of the season, a career-high. Prust has four points in the last six games….Ruslan Fedotenko had the secondary assist….Brian Boyle had six hits and leads the team with 216…Lines were scrambled in the third period…Torts: Marian Gaborik missed the backcheck on the Senators’ lone goal, but had some chances in the third period and finished with 4 shots….Refs missed a penalty late in third when defenseman Patrick Wiercioch backhanded the puck over the glass and the officials ruled that it hit Prust’s stick. He argued vehemently, and replays showed he was right....Michael Sauer and Zack Smith were separated in their first attempt at about at 19:36 of the first, but went at it as soon as they escape the sin bin early in the second…Wojtek Wolski has no goals in 12 games, Mats Zuccarello (7:44) none in eight…Blueshirts killed both power plays for the Sens… Erik Christensen was 6 for 8 on faceoffs, but produced one shot….Rangers are 8-3 in shootouts... Practice is at noon before leaving for Boston….