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Kreider: Rangers ‘shot ourselves in the foot’

Jun 4, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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For the first two periods of Game 1, the New York Rangers looked like they were equal to the task of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Their team speed even seemed to leave the Los Angeles Kings overwhelmed at times in the early going. Ultimately the Kings clearly flipped the script, especially in the third period and on, eventually winning 3-2 in OT.

More than a few people wonder if the Rangers eased off the accelerator at some point during a process where a 2-0 lead dissolved into a tough overtime loss.

Chris Kreider backed up the notion that some of the Rangers’ wounds were self-inflicted.

“I think we obviously expected them to have their surges but I think there were times tonight when we probably shot ourselves in the foot and got away from the type of game we wanted to play,” Kreider said.

Kreider expressed regret over passing up some opportunities, but the numbers indicate that it was a team (lack of) effort. That’s especially true of the third period where the Kings dominated possession by way of a 20-3 shot advantage.

Then again, many will point to Dan Girardi‘s turnover in overtime (which opened the door for Justin Williams‘ overtime-winner) as the true “shoot yourself in the foot” moment:

“I like the way we played in the first two periods, I thought it was a hard fought first 40 minutes by both teams,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I’m not sure what quite happened in the third – if it was them being that good or us stopping moving the puck and skating. They definitely took it to us in the third. They were the better team.”

“We’ve got 48 hours to make some adjustments before we play Saturday.”

  1. c9castine - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    i dont want to bring this team down or anything but…

    there was a stretch of games all the way until the 2nd round game 5 against the pens that the rangers were downright BAD. in every way. their defense was getting torched by the Pens forwards. they were like 0/9 billion on the powerplay. lundqvist by a lot of accounts stole game 7 of round 1 and philly is a rough team to begin with. they did play a real good series against montreal but…

    i would expect this to be the closest game of the series, and if its not – Henrik will be the only reason.

    • stakex - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      The Rangers were not “down right bad” until game 5 against the Pens. They had a bit of a flame out during games 2-4 in that series, largely due to playing 5 games in 7 nights. Even then, the Rangers actually out played the Pens in game 3, they just couldn’t score and the Pens took advantage of their chances.

      • c9castine - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        they were bad. they got shut out in back to back games. by a goalie who a lot of people say isnt that good and is a choker and then they managed only 15 shots on net in game 4 against a team that a lot of people say is bad defensively, has that goalie, and apparently is full of choking under performers and has no leadership. even in game 1 they were under attack a good protion of the night in giving up almost 40 shots against.

        as i said theyve played some strong games since then. i mean, stakex, we can always revisit this in a week or so.

        yeah. how about we both shutup, and well just talk about it then.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        AV says he’s gonna make adjustments!? what does AV know about adjustments????!!! the guy totally doesn’t make adjustments, he’s the last guy to talk about making adjustments, cuz he doesn’t make any. When was the last time the Canucks won anything with AV making adjustments??!!

        He didn’t make any ‘adjustments’ in Vancouver and he won’t be making any in New York.

      • stepanup - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        In one of those “down right bad” games, NY outshot the pens 36-15, hit three pipes and lost. Revisionist history though right?

      • billiam55 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        the rangers weren’t bad in game 5 of that series. wth are you people talking about. they won 5-1 that game. it was games 2, 3 and 4 things were going bad.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:22 AM


    • c9castine - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      use your words there picture book.

  3. flyboystransport - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Fun game to watch as a hockey fan. Rangers didn’t shoot their selves in their feet, they got beat by a better team. Rangers made it out of the 1st two rounds not because they outplayed their opponents but because those teams came out flat. They then beat Montreal a team that beat a boston team that came out flat. The kings are too consistent and clutch for the Rangers to hobble to victories like they did in the 1st 3 rounds.

    • billiam55 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      u obviously didnt watch the 1st or 2nd period.

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      They shot themselves in the foot in the sense that their guy fell and then tried to clear the puck (which, I mean, what else is he going to do, let Pearson have it?) and Richards kept it in. If that’s shooting themselves in the foot, the Kings spent the first period amputating their foot, throwing it on the grill and then shooting it a few times to be safe for good measure.

  4. pfhockey - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    “Kreider”. Has a picture of Brassard. lol

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