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Rangers looking to ‘fix’ their struggles after another loss

Dec 3, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

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As frustration seems to mount, the New York Rangers are still searching for answers.

They’ll continue to look, following Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, in which the host Rangers were tied at two-goals apiece with the visitors heading into the final period.

It all came undone for the Rangers after that. Winnipeg got three consecutive goals to run away with the victory.

The Rangers sit with a record of 14-14-0. Not ideal. But in the Eastern Conference, all is not lost.

The Rangers remain third in the Metropolitan Division, a point up on the New Jersey Devils and two up on the Philadelphia Flyers – with of those teams losing tonight, as well.

“It’s on us. It needs to be fixed, it can’t continue this way if we want to be where we want to be at the end of the season,” said Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, as per the club’s website. “We have to be better.”

“It’s unacceptable and it’s something we have to correct in a hurry,” added defenseman Marc Staal, as per Katie Strang of ESPN.

  1. goalieguy37 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    someone needs to teach brian boyle to fight. he looked like the league punching bag this weekend.

  2. sjsharks66 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Maybe they should fire their coach… Because that worked really well. I think it’s the team as a whole. They need to make some big moves and get some new players in that locker room.

    • jaybyrd99 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      I agree with your sentimental sarcasm sj . The team under AV is just so much better than under torts . Torts was fired as a scapegoat for sather – maybe someone should fire that good ole boy !

      • johnstone17 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Sadly Jay, Dolan said in a interview with the N.Y. Post that Sather is here for as long as he wants to be.

  3. stepanup - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    The Rangers just aren’t that good. They have some players on defense, they have the goalie, they have the star winger in Nash (who is playing that way), they have Callahan’s heart…and they dont have much else…There’s a bunch of mediocre skaters down the lineup who aren’t good enough to be impact top 6 guys and aren’t grinders (Hagelin, Pouliot, Brassard).

    You need the complete lineup to win in this league. The Pens have guys like Craig Adams, Glass, and Sutter who accept their roles as bottom 6 defensive forwards. The Bruins have the Merlot line.

    This will be the Rangers season, win a couple, drop a couple. Unless of course we flip Brassard for Dubinsky. I want that guy back.

    • xdj511 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Remember how good the Gaborik trade looked during the playoffs in the spring? Brassard was carrying the offense… Moore looked like a promising young D-man… Dorsett came back from injury and played a good agitator role.

      Now it feels like we got next to nothing. Brassard has regressed horribly and lost his spot to Beniot Pouliot last night! Moore has played himself into a healthy scratch, and Dorsett is… well… Dorsett.

      I miss Dubinsky too but if they got him back, what role would he play on this team?

    • geejon - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      The problem is this team is wayyyy to easy to play against. They don’t have a single player either at either forward or defense that intimidates … not with fighting, not with hitting, not with chippiness.

      Dorsett is the only guy who can fight and he’s a middleweight, not a heavy weight. No one’s scared of him. Callahan is the only one who consistently throws his body around and he’s not even 6 foot tall and the opposition never goes into a game saying “keep your head on a swivel … Callahan’s out there”.

      All their bigger guys are either ‘soft’ or at best ‘mild mannered’. Nash, Kreider, Pyatt, …. same for ALL the D-men. When’s the last time you saw a Ranger player lay someone out with even a CLEAN check, never mind play with a nasty edge?

      It’s a bunch of nice guys with decent skill sets … hence the average record for an average team in ever respect.

      Moves need to be made. Guys like Sean Avery served a purpose. You need guys like that. Not a whole squad of them, but at the very least a couple. Chris Neal, Matt Cooke … a-holes serve their purpose. Opposing teams strut into the Garden like its a damn exhibition game. Enough!!

  4. xdj511 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Last night’s game really pissed me off. The Rangers came out flying in the first period… forechecking… getting to loose pucks… winning the battles… and then they just stopped. Brassard made an incredibly stupid pass at the offensive blue line that led to a goal, and I don’t know if he saw the ice again. Early in the third when the game was still tied the Rangers got pinned in their zone for two whole shifts, and you just knew that goal was coming… but WHY… WHY did it have to be Olli Jokinen? Of all of the medicore aging finnish wingers in the league… why did it have to be him??

    I’m guessing Hank will be back in goal Thursday?

    • stakex - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Brassard was on the ice two shifts later in fact.

      That actually highlights one of my biggest issues with AV. While I don’t fully blame him for how bad this team has looked at times, I don’t think he is hard enough on his players not named Del Zotto. If that was Torts behind the bench, Brassard wouldn’t have seen the ice at all the rest of the night, and he shouldn’t have…. that was a pee-wee level mistake that turned the tide of the game. Players need to be held accountable for such egregious errors, and AV doesn’t seem interested in do it.

  5. stakex - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Look, with the right coach I have no doubt this combination of players could function better then they are right now. Torts proved that the core they have right now could be winners, and even make it to the second round of the playoffs. Good enough to win the cup? Probably not… but better then this.

    However with the style of hockey AV is trying to play, and with his soft coaching style, things just aren’t working. If this team is going to have any chance this year, a big change is needed. Either fire the coach and bring someone in who can do better with the current roster or Sather needs to get off his dead ass and start making some blockbuster trades. After all, Sather fired Torts because he said the organizations goal was to win the Cup and Torts hadn’t gotten it done…. so with the Rangers on track to quite likely miss the playoffs now, how can Sather sit here and do nothing?

  6. gmenfan1982 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    The main problem is consistency. When they are playing well, they are playing really well and control the pace of the game. Like Vancouver game. But then they lay down like last night after first period and Friday against the bruins.

  7. barkar942 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    The Rangers cannot play run and gun. They get their butts kicked every time they try. They have to play like they did in the first always to have a chance to win. They do not have the talent to play run and gun.

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