Sloppy. That’s the only way you can describe the game against the Penguins yesterday afternoon. In a pivotal, must win game, the Rangers turned in one of their sloppiest performances under John Tortorella. Were there bright spots? Sure, his name was Ryan Callahan, who again played very well, and scored his 20th of the season.
Michael Sauer saw about 4 minutes of ice time all game, as he regressed from his solid performance against Minnesota into a mistake prone rookie. You can’t fault him, after all, he is just that, a rookie. After his poor performance, the Rangers called up Corey Potter, and sent Sauer back down to Hartford.
As for the standings, the Rangers still sit in 7th place with 87 points, holding a 1 point advantage over Montreal, but now Montreal has the game in hand. The bad news? They hold just a 2 point lead over Florida. The magic number still sits at 10, after the Rangers loss and the Panthers dominating performance over Dallas. I still believe that 94 points will get the Rangers into the playoffs, so they will need 7 points in their final 6 games to ensure a playoff spot.
I’m sitting in the
world’s worst airport Laguardia, going to Atlanta for work for the week. It’s going to be 70 degrees there all week, I’m looking forward to that.