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Rangers booed off MSG ice after 4-1 loss to Preds

Dec 10, 2013, 10:33 PM EST

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With all due respect to the Nashville Predators’ depth scorers, it’s not usually a great sign when they’re described as “dynamic.” That’s exactly how Brian Engblom depicted their efforts following a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers, which might explain why there was some heavy booing in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

The Rangers have now lost three games in a row, and there haven’t been a ton of positives to take away from the last few evenings. Getting a big extension hasn’t eased things for Henrik Lundqvist, for one, as he’s allowed four goals in three straight games. (Don’t blame Hank alone, though, as the Rangers have only scored five goals in that span.)

Ryan Callahan‘s sprained knee adds injury to all the insults, as well, making things that much worse for the Rangers.

The Predators weren’t exactly coming into town on fire, either. They had lost five games in a row before turning things around tonight, as Nashville’s grinders generated the offense while Carter Hutton won for the first time in more than a month.

Yup, it’s pretty tough to blame fans for booing the Rangers tonight. With six more games in a row at home to come, things could get awfully sour if the losses keep coming.

  1. canucks30 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Alaaaaaaaaaaain Vigneault

    • stakex - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      I hope so bad the Rangers fire him. Some of the players need to go as well, but its pretty clear the Rangers aren’t responding to AV at all.

      • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:13 AM

        blomfeld – Dec 9, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        BETTER OFF WITH A MANNEQUIN BEHIND YOUR BENCH !

        The Rangers would be better off with some wax figurine from Madame Tussaud’s replete with ‘inspirational’ tapes playing behind their bench, than this smarmy, conceited, self-important, parasite ! Vigneault is a complete ‘fraud’ and it sadly appears that the Blue Shirts are now finally coming to appreciate that fact, much to their chagrin …

        *** breaking now from a lower circuit court in New York ***

        Judge: would counsel for the truth wish to add anything further ?

        Blomfeld: not at this time your honor

        Judge: very well then, the court finds Vigneault ‘guilty’ on all charges !

        Blomfeld: thanks man !

        Judge: you’ve got it Pontiac ! :)

      • stepanup - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        You think AV just bought into this roster like everyone else did? There are flaws up and down the lineup. Starting to buy into the credit Torts for getting as much as he did out of these pansies.

      • daniel10017 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        No, its Sather that’s got to go! 14 YEARS and we’ve not close to a sniff to the Stanley Cup. I swear I hope that Sather’s prostate cancer comes back and kills him. I hate him. He’s destroyed the Rangers franchise. “Every little thing he does is tragic”

  2. saintez - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Way to go Preds! Nice tagging those NY guys with a loss and coming up with some gritty play. I love the no quit in our guys!

    • vshehane - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      They did play a great game. Of course you would never know it by the yahoos announcing on NBCS.

      • DED - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Fortunately those of us in the NY area got to watch the game on MSG.

        You know things are bad when your team’s network announcers (who technically are your cheerleaders) start ripping you for your lackluster performance and mistakes and praise the hard work of the opposing team.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    LOL! 2 of 3 soft goals. Not bad. Maybe it’s time they put in that $8,500,000 goalie we’ve heard so much about. I think his name is Henrik LargeHeist

    • nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      I wouldn’t throw stones. The devils lost last night and Marty let in some bad goals…

    • moarjam - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      which goals were soft?… tool

  4. bbk1000 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    The Lundqvist signing was for too much, just bad. The coach was a bad signing as well.

    With any luck this is the last straw for Sather who should have been fired after the Trottier mess.

    It’s tough being a fan of a team owned by Dolan.

  5. babykaby - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Dumbfeld is an idiot.

    • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Babykaby ? … a ‘heavy set’ woman who shops at Walmart and consumes copious amounts of hot dogs ?

      Friend, that better be the case, because if it ain’t then I feel ‘weird’ just replying to you! So listen up baby, if I’ve upset you with my teasing of Ovi then I’m sorry for that, okay?

      NOW HEAR THIS !!!!!

      Alexander Ovechkin is an ‘extremely’ talented player and he’s a ‘terrific’ team captain who exemplifies the real meaning of a ‘true’ leader! Ever fearless and selfless with his dedication to team and cause, Ovechkin is one of those rare ‘once in a lifetime’ types of heroes who you can only thank God for ! :)

      *** Special video selection for the OVI lover Babykaby ! ***

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This team is almost identical to the NY Football Jets.

    They’ve had a history of incompetent and terrible owners and it’s poisoned joke from top to bottom.

    Only difference is, the NY Jets have 1 Championship in 45 years where the Rangers have 1 Championship in 70 plus years.

    Wow … typing that really brings out how truly sad and pathetic that fact really is.

    • moarjam - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      the rangers have made the playoffs 7 out of the last 8 years. you act as if winning a cup is a right of passage. its tough to do.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        And prior to that they missed the playoffs 7 years in a row.

        Since 2000, NY Rangers have made it to the playoffs just one more time than the NY Jets.

        They’re both embarrassing big market failure franchises when it success equates to winning.

  7. xdj511 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Every day I feel more and more like Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II. Luckily this game, much like Saturday night’s put me to sleep early. Now Staal’s out with a concussion, Cally has a sprained knee, Lundqvist is letting in goals that are softer than I’ve ever seen him give up. If not for a decent pass by Richards and a sweet move by Nash, there would be nothing positive to take from last night at all.

    I guess we can pretty much call it a season. Sure, the Rangers may show flashes of the team that advanced to the conference finals two seasons ago and upset the Caps last season, but it’s unlikely they’re ever going to get far from the .500 mark.

    At least I have my memories of 1994… ahh…. Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!!!

    • daniel10017 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      As Sam Rosen said after Game 7 of the 94 finals “and this one will last a lifetime”. It sure has Sam! We’ll all be in our tombstones when the Rangers ever win their next Cup.

      • xdj511 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Yes. I love Sam Rosen, but damn him for that statement. He has doomed us all to a lifetime of inadequacy.

    • laughernyc - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Lundqvust is getting attacked by the opposition, and no one defends him. Crap, the kid Moore was the only one who stood up for him at all. This happened a few seasons ago. Henrik is a Swede… they don’t take well to being bullied, it throws them off. Hes been awful lately… sure, he still makes great saves, but he lets in a few backbreakers off the sticks of nobodies.

      The Rangers do not have one big banger with any skill at all. Maybe this rookie Dman mcIlrath will wake something up. But we needed the bite of Clowe and guys like him to advance last year. This year a guy 6’0″ 195 is our “enforcer.” That’s a joke.

      It’s not too late. We have plenty of players who would prosper in a better system, and should be able to get real value for them. If not, at best a first round exit. It’s time to trade and get out the checkbook

  8. laughernyc - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    The criticism of Vigneault is baseless. After the same number of games last year, the team was… .500. This team is going nowhere built as it is, and there’s a reason for the injuries and concussions. It’s the team Sather has built.

    Staal has been at best 60% of what he used to be. Nash is avoiding hits like the plague, except his moronic tussle with Ovy who would kill him in a fight, and probably semi-concussed him with that little uppercut. Nash looks maybe 70%.

    The problem is a game against the Rangers is like a game against a Junior Ice Dancing team. All these quick little guys dancing around, but no one is going to make you nervous, and no one is going to move you out from in front of Lundqvist or really make you pay for running him. (Remember three seasons ago teams would literally attack him, and no one came to his defense? It’s happening again, and people wonder why he’s not the same?) Nobody’s gonna try (or be able) to make you pay for taking a cheap shot at Nash or McDonough or Staal.

    The whole team needs to be re-thought. Weak guys like del Zotto and Boyle (my chihuahua would kick his ass)have to go. Girardi has been awful all year, giving away pucks in the zone, missing passes at the blue line, shooting 20 feet wide, not clearing out. Hagelin scampers around to no effect. Dorsett is way too small to be an enforcer. Asham is just a journeyman.

    If Callahan had a team with size and grit around him, he wouldn’t have to take the beating he does. McDonough is in the same spot — he’s by far the best defenseman on the team, but he’s becoming a target – that slew foot last night should have resulted in someone bashing skulls, instead it became a goal and game over. Kreider is a big boy, but he’s next to start getting attacked. Nash is already gun shy.

    The league hates New York and will never protect our players with fair calls or our record with fair calls (like Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal two games back.) You can slap Stepan in the face with the stick and not get a call then score 10 seconds later. You can pull down a guy on a breakaway and not get a call. It must be a blast to play the Rangers.You can even crackback block Lundqvist and kick a field goal and it will count.

    Sather has to pull out his magic wand and make some size and grit appear, so our scorers aren’t pulverized and not have to be the grinders. We have skill and speed to spare. Spare it. Only Nash, Kreider, McDonough and Zucc are untouchable if you ask me. Maybe Stepan.

    We were in the same place last year and Sather made things change. AV has the system, just not the pieces. Make it happen, Slats.

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