Here’s the summary form the press room in Ottawa: This team hadn’t scored in five periods without Rick Nash. Then they get a couple in 51 seconds in the third against a cold goaltender, but Brian Boyle takes a holding penalty, the Senators tie it and the Rangers can’t score in overtime and only once in seven tries in the shootout.
That's the way it's going.
There's more on Chris Kreider in the paper and on line, who was involved in two key plays, the injury to Craig Anderson and the post ringing in the seventh round of the shootout.
Of all people, Kaspar Daugavins, who played 10 minutes with no shots, manages to whiff/slip the winner past Henrik Lundqvist, who, by the way, made 35 saves through the OT. Earlier, J.T. Miller had no such luck, he dekedBen Bishop handily in the shootout and just slid the puck past the post.
“I still don’t think our full lineup is playing, so we’ve got to keep grinding away until we’ve got a full team playing,” said coach John Tortorella, who was happy with a point (which they may have not collected if Anderson wasn’t hurt in the third) and then snappy with three legit questioners again, as if the writers and broadcasters are to blame, not the coaching staff or players for a 8-6-2 start for the first third of this shortened season.
I’ll tell you this: Marian Gaborik (seven shots, one crossbar) came to play, and in a fair world, would’ve had a goal or two. So did Ryan Callahan, with the PP goal (his third) and a shootout goal. Can’t say the same for Brad Richards, who has to be irritating the coach. He had two shots, at least three giveaways, and lost almost two-thirds of his faceoffs. “That line played well,” was how the coach grudgingly answered my question about Gaborik.
And now D Michael Del Zotto may be gone for a bit. He didn’t return after a hip-to-hip check from Marc Methot at 10:14 of the third. Wonder if we’ll see Steve Eminger called up from the AHL to play in Bell Center Saturday.
Callahan, who thought the power play “was sporadic”, but “our third period (15 shots) was great, we’re got to be happy with the way we responded, that’s what we have to take into Montreal.”
Montreal, where the Rangers haven't won since....wait for it....2009. I'll be in tough with you wonderful readers from there tomorrah....Sweet dreams