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Lundqvist on Rangers’ woes: ‘We don’t have the luxury of a lot of goals’

Mar 21, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers’ frustrations continued to fester on Thursday after a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist seemed peeved about a perceived lack of goal support to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

“The penalty kill, starting with me, almost has to be 100 percent because we don’t have the luxury of a lot of goals,” Lundqvist said.

For years, the Rangers seemed like an overachieving team that managed to grind out playoff berths. Now with more talent on paper, it’s not quite working out, a notion that wasn’t lost on the 31-year-old.

“I don’t think teams play great all the time but they find ways to win,” Lundqvist said. “That’s something where we’re lacking a little bit.”

To be fair to the Rangers, they fired 45 shots on Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, who stopped all but a Marian Gaborik tally. Gaborik broke an eight-game streak without a goal, yet he seemed as despondent as the rest of the team.

“Definitely I think we were a better team, we just didn’t execute,” Gaborik said. “We have to have these games, that’s the bottom line.”

  1. bcisleman - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Henrik’s contract is up next year and he is already sounding like a guy ready to move on. What a disaster that would be for the Rangers!

  2. johnstone17 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Of the 45 shots, how many were taken from the point with no one in front or from a ridiculous angle? Need to get traffic in front of the net to score. Need to drive hard to the net ( Gaboriks goal ) to score. Perimeter hockey ain’t going to cut it.

  3. nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    “For years, the Rangers seemed like an overachieving team that managed to grind out playoff berths.”

    Really PHT? They “managed” to “grind out” a playoff spot last year? If I recall correctly they were 3 or 4 points shy of winning the President’s Trophy last year. The second best regular season record going into the playoffs.

    Talk about being biased.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      You Rangers haters can dislike this all you want, but to say that the team with the second best record is sneaking into the playoffs is absurd.

  4. stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    The problem is they are still stuck in the Tom Renny sit back and grind it out style of hockey. That was fine when they didn’t really have a high powered offense, and had more grinders on their roster. However, Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Kreider, Haglin, Miller, and Stepan aren’t grinders… and they are not suited for that style of play. They need to be let lose to play a more wide open, attack style of hockey.

    The Rangers, even without Staal, still have a solid defense and a top notch goalie in Lundquist. With the talent they have up front, they are a perfect team to play a bit more run and gun. Hell, the Capitals did it for years with just a little bit more talent up front and a whole lot less talent on the back end. I see no reason Torts couldn’t turn this team into an offensive powerhouse if he would just give up the sit back and wait style of play.

    At the end of the day though, you still need guys to put the puck in the net. Tonight (and a lot of their games of late) the Rangers had plenty of chances and made Markstrom look like a hero. I mean every goalie isn’t suddenly having his game of the year against the Rangers…. they are making these guys look good. Until that changes, the system they are playing probably won’t matter all that much.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Wondering if their just starting to tune out Tortorella and his style of play kinda
    what’s happening in Philly with Laviolette seems like the Rangers might be suited a little more for an uptempo
    style they certainly have no shortage of talent

  6. 950003cups - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    So, Henry is saying he wants out? Good riddance! Who needs him? We rags fans want him OUT!

    • challer9 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      You’re an idiot. I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of us Rangers fans want Hank to go anywhere.

    • magicrat13 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      kindergarten let out early today?

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Considering the Rangers ran out of gas last year with a damn good team, and this year’s dismal play, I tend to agree with hockeyfan28. Torts time in NY should be coming to an end. When you’re always in the face of the players they eventually tune you out. You do have to raise your voice or display your displeasure for how the team is playing sometimes to get them back on track. When used sparingly it becomes a huge asset. When used too often it becomes not effective. Like a wife constantly yelling at the hubby. :-)

    • daniel10017 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Sather should also leave the door. I wish him well on his prostate cancer surgery. It should be a hint that he should resign. A lot of disastrous moves during his 13 year tenure and that doesn’t warrent an extended stay as GM. Richards, Nash, Scott Gomez…I can go on and on. We haven’t had a sniff of the Cup since Sather has been here. Maybe his health setback is a wake up call and he realises that he resign for his own health.

      • johnstone17 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        With all do respect, Nash has been a disaster? Really? And although his play has not been great this year, how far would the Rangers have gone last year without Richards? Have there been bad free agent signings? Absolutely. Questionable trades? Absolutely. But I look at this roster & the draft picks over the last 5 or 6 years & have to say they are alot better off then they were when Sather arrived.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I believe Nash has 25 points in 26 games played. Explain to me how that is a “disaster”.

  8. hockeyfan763 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    950003cups, is that how much booze you drank ? Obviously not a Rangers fans if you say “we rags fans want him out” Lundquist is probably the best goalie we have ever had. No disrespect to Richter. Go troll some other post, loser.

    • barkar942 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I am beginning to think that he is that Beer Can Sid guy who has changed allegiance from the Pens to the Devils. Talks out his a** just as much as that bozo did on here.

  9. adge84 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    950003 is a trolling Devil Fan. Go back to sh*%hole Newark and listen to all of the opposing fans drown out the noise of your pathetic fan base. Then be sure to clutch you wallet tight on the walk to your car. “We sold out all but two of our home games!!!” Not impressive when 50% of the crowd is cheering for the away team. Unless you play the Rangers of course, then you can bump that percentage up to 60%.

  10. gi0lui - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    On paper this is a great team, on the ice…. not so much. Been watching them for the last 2-3 yrs, expecting to see that breakout moment. Goes to show what I know as apparently that doesn’t seem to be happening w/current roster!

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