Although technically the Rangers were in it from start to finish, they never really had a chance as they were severely outplayed by the Montreal Canadiens. The final score of 3-1 does not accurately display just how bad the Rangers were tonight, who were out-shot 35-19.
The Rangers fell behind less than four minutes into the first period on a powerplay goal by Glen Metropolit. Other than that, it was a very boring and uneventful period. The Rangers would tie the game in the second on an early goal by Sean Avery, his third in the last two games. The Rangers would also get out-shot 18-5 in the middle frame and never had an offensive flow.
The Canadiens would score the go ahead goal and seal the deal when Sergei Kostitsyn scored with traffic in front of Henrik Lundqvist, who ended up not even with his feet in the crease when the puck entered the net. An empty net, shorthanded goal by Tomas Plekanec with just over thirty seconds to go would cap off the scoring for the evening.
With six seconds to go, Avery and Gomez would go at it and Avery would end up being penalized five minutes for slashing. This will be reviewed by the league and he could end up with a suspension. Scratch that, he’s Sean Avery so he will get a suspension.
This was a very important game for the Rangers, especially since the 8th place Boston Bruins won tonight, moving three points ahead of the Rangers. That will make Sunday’s matinee matchup all the more important.
The Rangers next game will be a home game against the St. Louis Blues. The Rangers need to take a good look at themselves here and figure out a way to get two points. Rangers also need to play every game like a road game, because they try too hard to put on a show at home and fail to get enough shots through. On the road they seem to have no problem in that department.