The New York Rangers (1-3-0) lost to the Philadelphia Flyers(1-3-0) by a score of 2-1.
The win was the Flyers first of the season and the first time they beat the Rangers in the last nine tries.
The Flyers outshot the Rangers 33 to 19.
The Rangers did not show up in the 1st period, had a good showing early in the 2nd period, but it was the Flyers who came on to dominate the rest of the period and score the first two goals of the game. Taylor Pyatt scored a powerplay goal in the 3rd to draw the Rangers within one goal, however, the Rangers would miss out on a huge 5-on-3 opportunity on which they amassed just two shots. The Rangers inability to win faceoffs allowed the Flyers to kill the clock late in the game and cost them any shot at tying the game up.
What I Loved:
- I loved Henrik Lundqvist. The real Henrik Lundqvist showed up tonight and kept the Rangers in a potential blowout. This was the Hank that gives the Rangers the ability to win any game.
- I loved Taylor Pyatt. He extended his goal streak to three straight games and continued to be a presence on the ice. Torts needs to start putting Pyatt on the first powerplay unit as his big body and ability to score could help get things going.
- I loved watching Stu Bickel only play 20 seconds in the first period. I have never been happier to see a Rangers get a 2, 5, and 10, but I will give him credit for sticking up for his teammate and having a pretty decent fight.
What I Did not Love:
- I did not love the powerplay. Granted Pyatt’s goal was on the powerplay, however, overall the powerplay was awful as it has been has all season. It has been a chronic problem over the last few seasons and something drastic needs to be done to fix it. I particularly do not like Michael Del Zotto as the PP quarterback. It is time to start trying other options back there.
- I did not love the defense. Outside of Hank they are supposed to carry the team and yet they have been holding the Rangers back even more than the offense. Tonight it almost looked like they forgot how to make a simple breakout pass. Not passing the puck up the middle is part of the fundamentals and needs to stop asap as the turnovers are piling up.
- I did not love the faceoffs. As alluded to earlier faceoffs cost the Rangers dearly. The overall faceoff numbers do not look bad but that was because Brian Boyle had a great night winning 9 of 11 while every other center was under 50%. That begs the question why wasn’t Boyle out there to take the draw at the end of the game?