Well, at least there are the Super Bowl champion Giants. What else is there to get excited about unless you're a Mets fan who believes Johan $antana is the missing piece.
Thank god for those Giants because they truly did have resiliency and heart and effort. All the adjectives you just can't associate with our baffling club who can play very well in beating the Flyers, Devils and stunning the Canadiens with five unanswered.
Those are all quality clubs in the East. When it comes to the opposite conference, the NHL schedule maker should just do Ranger fans a favor and put an 'L' next to the game. There's two more. So:
2/7 Ana (L)
2/18 SJ (L)
Maybe I'm being a little overdramatic but this team is now 0-for-8 against Western opponents. So if they wind up missing the postseason by say a couple of points, look no further than here.
How do you come out so flat against the Kings and turn Jason LaBarbera (39 saves) into Patrick Roy? Time and time again, Rangers were beaten to the puck in the defensive end. Our D was way too soft and hung Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. You can't expect to come out with a 'W' when you start off by getting outscored 2-0 and outshot 14-1 (16-4 in first).
Brandon Dubinsky again played well as did Nigel Dawes. Both factored into their team's only two goals scored by the red hot Chris Drury and Sean Avery. No surprise that the two improving rookies were involved on hardworking goals.
Maybe if more Rangers played like them, they wouldn't be in the desperate situation they are. Oh well.
For more on this game, be sure to check out my thoughts over at my blog below:
Rangers send home fans early wishing for Big Blue
3rd Star: Alexander Frolov (GW goal, assist)
2nd Star: Anze Kopitar (goal, assist)
1st Star: Jason LaBarbera (39 saves)