The numbers first:
Two: No Gaborik, no Prospal.
Colorado was 2 for 2 on the power play.
The Rangers (1-2-1) were 0 for 5. The Rangers won just 40 percent of the faceoffs. The 12 players on the roster right now need some skill from somewhere.
Maybe its Mats Zuccarello. Maybe Evgeny Grachev. Maybe a trade.
Todd White had no shots in his 7:46. Derek Boogaard might as well have not dressed for the three shifts and 2:04.
The Rangers also need a bounce or two. They have scored 14 goals in four games and allowed 16. Sound familiar? This could be a looooooong month.
"You can't win consistently if your special teams aren't there," said Marc Staal, "and tonight they were better than us."
"There weren't a lot of prime scoring chances we got from their mistakes," said Erik Christensen, who played 9:43 and said his groin wasn't 100 percent.
"The third period we ended up with six minutes of power play time and come up empty," said John Tortorella." That was the game right there. We had no momentum off our power play and they score."
Tortorella on goal-scorer Frolov: "He's an important guy here to kick in some goals. I thought he won a lot of battles."
Lundqvist, who made some huge saves again in the third period on T.J. Galliardi and Winnik, is trying to stay positive. But he may have be be near-perfect again. Three goals against may not be good enough. That's pressure.
The Rangers won't even go on the ice tomorrow, just off-ice stuff.