Ebene Magazine – The Rangers’ inconsistency reappears when they lose to Penguins


That’s why the Rangers are such a joke. This is why they could be seventh in goals per game in the NHL and twelfth in goals against per game, but 18th overall and outside playoffs / p> They are just not consistent enough. You are unable to put success in context. They are unable to adapt to an opponent who eliminates the blueshirts’ game of skill and forces them into a tight space and paint by number hockey match.

Two nights after beating 8-4 Pittsburgh and the injured Pittsburgh suffered little harm after the Blueshirts’ 5-2 defeat to the same (but very different) Penguin squad, who would not allow their opponents to run wild.

The Rangers got their bread and butter their butter refused, they couldn’t cope with it. Your top two lines have achieved almost nothing. The team couldn’t or wouldn’t bring the puck down. They couldn’t edit the walls. There was no significant puck possession below the diamond. They were usually lousy on faceoffs. The attention to detail was an invention of the imagination.

« They made it difficult for us and we were maybe a bit too stubborn with the puck and our decisions, » said Mika Zibanejad, whose game was far below average and not masterful. « We tried to force the games a little too much and didn’t really bring a constant pre-check or pucks into the network. »

« They fed on it. You are a good team. We were a little too stubborn today. “

Zibanejad missed a seemingly wide left side of the net in a two-on-one feed from Pavel Buchnevich at 8:29 in the match that the Rangers then left 1-0. Failure to clear up resulted in Kris Letang’s goal at 3:23 of a second, which gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead just 1:21 after Colin Blackwell’s power play scored the goal.

# 93 later lost one clear penalty shoot-out in the defensive zone against Radim Zohorna, a four-game veteran who led from Evan Rodrigues straight to PPG in Pittsburgh at 11:28 to extend the lead to 3-1. No, this wasn’t a good night for Zibanejad.

But he was hardly alone. Neither Artemi Panarin nor Ryan Strome had much. And Chris Kreider had nothing. Once again. Kreider has not scored a five-on-five goal in 13 games since March 13. He fidgets all over the ice and cannot achieve any effect.

Kreider has been a ranger since 2012-13 and has been leading the team in goals during this time. But during all that time, he was selected to take part in the shootout at one point. That was February 21, 2013 in Ottawa when No. 20 became the seventh and ultimately last player to shoot against Ben Bishop. He was stopped and the Blueshirts lost.

Since then, the Rangers have been in 58 shootings and have deployed 17 shooters, none of whom are named Chris Kreider. The reasons were probably reinforced on Thursday when Kreider shot the puck into Tristan Jarry’s pads with a penalty at 5:59 p.m. when he was defeated 3-1 from behind by Cody Ceci and his team.

The Club’s penchant for avoiding good hits in order to try worse ones has reached epidemic status. In the middle of the first round, Kaapo Kakko drove from right to center, but instead of shooting out of the slot, he threw him far back so Flip Chytil had a worse angle. In the middle of the second pass, Chytil drove to the slot and passed it to the right circle where his feed didn’t connect.

« There were a lot of things missing tonight, » said David Quinn. « Not shooting the puck has been a problem all year long, a problem since I’ve been here.

 » Sometimes when you win a game [8-4] you can change your mind a little, and when If you do so at this level, you will get what you deserve. « 

If it gets easy the Rangers can look like the Dynastic Oilers again. If things get worse they can look like the 1997 Rangers- Look 2004. That’s not a particularly flattering comparison.

That was on the top guys, that was on the team mentality. After he got the opportunistic Blackwell to shoot Panarin and Strome shotguns on Tuesday, he turned him Coached after just four rounds on the job with Vitali Kravtsov. Kravtsov was one of the better rangers, but it seemed strange to a man who is always ready to grind to take playing time. If Kravtsov had earned more Ice Age, this probably would have been up Cost of chalk go Have to.

The Bruins won in DC to extend their lead to seven points over the Rangers for final playoff spot while holding two games. What did Quinn say in another context?

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