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Callahan expected more from Rangers, instead they’re embarrassed again

Oct 11, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 10: The Anaheim Ducks celebrate a goal by Dustin Penner in the second period against the New York Rangers at Honda Center on October 10, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Getty Images

At least the New York Rangers didn’t allow a goal in the third period of their 6-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. When you get outscored 15-2 in just two games, you have to take your victories wherever you can get them.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t yanked from this game like he was against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, but the normally superb goaltender’s struggles continued. Not that the Rangers’ woes can be pinned on him.

“I expected a little bit more out of the group after San Jose,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan told ESPN’s Katie Strang.

On a more positive note, the Anaheim Ducks’ 20th home opener was certainly one to remember. Jonas Hiller earned a 34-save shutout and sophomore Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to give him four goals in as many games this season.

Dustin Penner also scored his first goal with the Anaheim Ducks since he left them following the 2006-07 campaign. Unfortunately, Penner ended up suffering a lower-body injury and the Ducks also lost forward Mathieu Perreault (upper body), according to the team’s website.

The Rangers will get a day off before they have to face the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim will host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

  1. soldierone - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    You can’t blame Lundqvist at all in this game. They scored on themselves 3 times, the other two he had no chance thanks to the terrible defense, and yeah he let in an easy goal too. Still, goalies mess up, the game should have been manageable if the defense didn’t suck so bad.

    Even with the Rangers sucking, I bet they STILL get ranked high in power rankings….. proving how useless those really are.

    • 950003cups - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      I’m just curious. Are AV and John MacLean related? How good would Jacques Lemaire look right about now? Or you could wait a week for Pete DeBoer to become available.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    If only Henry could go back to his Stay Puft style while all 5 players focus on blocking every high scoring chance …

    • stakex - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Lundqvist gave up a couple softies, but this game was lost the minute the puck dropped due to the lack of effort from the entire team.

    • barkar942 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Ever pay attention the the Devils heyday years with Stevens and friends defense in front of Marty?
      Marty is a great goalie, but if he had played for any other defensive system in front of him all those years, he would have about half of the accolades he has earned.
      No different with Hank. ALL GOALIES need the correct help from their defensive system in front of them.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        What has Brodeur got to do with this?

        If you’re looking to compare the two, as it stands right now, Henry isn’t even in the same paragraph … much less the same sentence as Brodeur. But this is not about Brodeur.

        Henry is quite talented but he’s always had a stigma that he’s better than he really is because of his exploited over-sized pads and and five guys focusing on blocking all the high scoring chances.

        Funny how he can’t stop a beach ball now that things have changed?

      • barkar942 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        It is not about Brodeur- it is about the fact that if your defense controls the offense and keep most of the shots to low percentage attempts, any goalie will look great. Shot blocking has been keeping high percentage shots away from Lundqvist. I would say all of the goals last night were pretty high percentage shots, considering the rest of the Rangers were prepping for Skating with the Stars!

    • moarjam - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      The rangers played that style for a whopping 3 years. Hank has been getting vezina nominations since way before that.

      Blood may be a sad deuschey troll but he’s got a point. Hank is totally blowing now. I counted 3 soft goals.

      You also cant place all the blame on hank. The whole team has been terrible. The only ones who look like they’re not straight doggin it are cally and Richards(surprise surprise)

      These guys cant even make a stick to stick pass.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Sad, douchey, and a troll … is that the Gordie of PHT?

      • moarjam - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        haha sure

  3. stakex - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Yet again you could see a blowout coming a minute into the game. The Rangers came out flat as a board….. no fight, no fire, nothing. Its hard to believe this was a team that made it to the second round last year, and the ECF’s two seasons ago.

    I’ll say it again, if AV doesn’t get a handle on this immediately and find a way to get the team to show a little desire, he’s going to be looking for work in short order.

    • stepanup - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      It’s worse than I thought yesterday. To get beat just as badly as we were in San Jose in what was supposed to be a rebound game tells you all the wrong things about this team.

  4. barkar942 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Well, my predictions about my favorite team that I made back when Torts was fired and they said AV was the favorite to get the job are rearing their ugly head. You cannot take a group of guys that were conditioned to sacrifice themselves defensively first and be held accountable for doing so, then turn that defensive effort into offense, and put them under another coach who was already let go because his much more offensively talented teams have folded in the playoffs and been accused of being too soft.
    I predicted this combination would become an instant nightmare for the Rangers and wow, is it! I will also predict that if they stay with AV and don’t make the playoffs, that Hank and Cally, Girardi and Stralman will be getting BIG BUCKS from the Islanders next season! Slats firing Torts after the strike shortened season was, by far, the worst decision in his long tenured hockey career. All because a couple of whiners complained about him. The whiners should have gone, not the coach.
    The media influences so many poor decisions these days (politics, political correctness, and who coaches the Rangers for examples).
    Laviolette went after three games. If there is no improvement by ten games with AV, better blow it all up, fire the entire coaching staff except Allaire, and bring in Gernander, Buekeboom and Shoenfeld to turn this ship around fast! As a forty year Ranger fan, I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of physicality, the lack of effort, and the lack of enthusiasm the team is showing. Even Callahan looks like a deer in the headlights! That’s not like him at all!
    Hey Dolan! Are you reading this? Time for a huge overhaul. Slats, AV, Arneil, Samuelson and LaCroix in one fell swoop! And you better do it fast or there will be no Lundqvist, Stralman, Callahan or Girardi here next year!

    • rpiotr01 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      They’re soft. Soft soft soft. How does the same group of players become so soft? Staal, Girardi and McDonaugh – it’s inexplicable that guys who have been such grinders and hard hitters are absolutely invisible. The embarrassing thing about Hertl’s between the legs goal? Marc Staal, supposed All-star D, gliding lazily behind him, no attempt to whack him off the puck or punish him after.

      That’s not all on the coach. That’s on players taking no pride in the way they play, deciding not to sacrifice, not to play hard. I don’t remember a body check being thrown since they left LA. That’s on every player from Cally on down.

    • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      You may be right – but don’t forget that Vancouver was a good team and came close under AV more than once (possibly closer than the Rangers did under Torts). Almost seems that once the tyrant was removed, all those guys that got ridden hard forgot what they actually play the game for. Shouldn’t need a coach like Torts at the professional level…you’re either a professional that is there to play or you are not…right now they are not.

      I’ll bet you a dollar they turn in around, like Washington did last year. They are learning a new system, whcih is tough. But they need a PLAYERS meeting to address their lack of buy-in and their lack of effort.

    • ponytrekker - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      You guys were all quick to run Torts out of town on a rail, but that shot blocking style won games.

      When was the last time I torts team got blown out by 6 ad 7 goals?

  5. canucks30 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:22 AM


    The Rangers have become a soft and easy team to play against.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      One of those teams made it to a Stanley Cup finals in recent memory though …

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        The other won a Cup but it may be a different era of coaching that needed now a days to get to the big dance.

  6. daniel10017 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Fire Sather Now!

  7. yukon13 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I agree! I always thought Lundqvist was a 6”7 and 250lbs giant. But, then the rules change and he turned into a scrawny midget without his big ass pads.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM


      Well he’s still wearing those Legion of Doom shoulder pads.

      Hopefully the NHL will regulate that exploitation of the equipment next.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Funny thing is, he’s actually smaller than Quick but you’d never know it until you see the two in street clothes.

  8. 19to77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I like how Silfverberg is making the Bobby Ryan trade look lopsided all on his own. If Noesen and the other 1st they got pan out well, this trade could look pretty bad in a couple years.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Watching Silfverbeg play for Ottawa, you could see this kid had the talent to be a solid NHL player.

      Unfortunately though in the NHL, talent isn’t everything. It still takes hard work, hard training, the intelligence to build a game vision, and drive to make a Crosby, Jagr or Ovechkin.

      I hope he has the work ethic to develop all those cause he certainly has the talent.

      Best of luck to him.

  9. cruuuzcontrol - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The season is not over, but the Rangers should not have to be looking this hard for a spark. And for those above (who may or may not be Ranger fans), this team had a marked lack of resolve at times last year under Torts, so it’s hard for me to blame AV just yet. The players have the ability to fix some of these problems independent of scheme or strategy. Also, I think a key contributing factor to last night’s continued poor play is the fact that the new CBA denied the team a chance to practice on Wednesday. If they display the same problems on Saturday against StL after having a chance to hit the ice and practice in Anaheim today, then I will be a little more concerned.

  10. jernster21 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I don’t see how this comes as a surprise. The Rangers team is built to play Torts’ system and the Canucks team is built to play AV’s system, now they’re trying to play the opposite system on each side and it’s not working. Gaborik sure would be a nice piece to have back if I’m the Rangers, but it’s too late now. When I watch the Rangers play, they look like they’re still trying to play Tortorella hockey and they’re failing badly because they’re TRYING to be more offensive minded (and looking bad in the process) and aren’t as dedicated in the defensive end even when they try to be. Simple matter is that you can’t turn a team that was built under a defensive system and expect them to become offensive power houses under a new coach just because that is his philosophy. Everyone knows the Rangers had problems scoring goals before – that’s a personnel issue, not a systemic issue.

  11. johnstone17 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I know Tortorella is gone, but did they forget how to play defense

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