The New York Rangers faced off against the Boston Bruins tonight. Following an insane last game, the Rangers looked to play for pride this game. Since being eliminated from the playoffs with 3 games left, the Rangers have had nothing to play for except their teammates the last few games. This was the first of the final two games vs the Bruins, and the Rangers looked to go out on a good note after an insane year.
Rangers Lengthy Injury List
The injury list going into this game is nothing short of insane. Artemi Panarin is out for the year after the fiasco with Tom Wilson. Pavel Buchnevich was suspended a game for high-sticking Anthony Mantha. Other notable injuries are Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba, Ryan Lindgren, and Julien Gauthier. That is… a lot of names. The Blueshirts were playing with Jonny Brodzinski and Tim Gettinger in the lineup tonight. With lots of people missing the Rangers were playing for pride and the future.
Igor Shesterkin was the starter tonight. He looked to have a great game tonight as one of the team’s few bright spots.
Blueshirts Get Outplayed In the First
There wasn’t a lot to say about the first period. The Rangers got outplayed by a better team. For whatever reason, injuries, being eliminated, etc. They were just outright beaten by a better team in the first. The Bruins’ first line did their thing and Patrice Bergeron scores the icebreaker. Charlie McAvoy netted another one, and the game went into intermission up 2-0. Last night did a number on this team and it showed tonight.
The Rangers eventually settled into the game, but there wasn’t a lot they could do. They had little scoring ability due to major players being out. They played like a team with nothing left in the tank after last night. There wasn’t much to say after one, the Rangers just needed to push through these last two games into the offseason.
More of the First In the Second
This did not look good in the second either. Igor let up a rarely seen breakaway goal for the only goal of the game. Jake Debrusk scored that lone goal, and the Rangers still look abysmal.
They had few shots, few chances, no speed, every quality of a losing hockey team is on display for the Rangers. They look bad, to put it in the nicest way possible. The Blueshirts looked defeated like they had given up. As a fan, it hurt to see, but with two games left and no playoffs in store, it’s hard to expect a strong game. The Rangers were severely roughed up last night, and it showed today.
Rangers go Scoreless in Third As Well
The third period, much like the second and first, was just bad. The Rangers got outplayed and outworked, there’s no other way to say it. The Bruins had something to fight for, and the Rangers just didn’t. There isn’t a lot to say about the third, as it was almost the exact same period as the first and second. Brandon Carlo put Boston up 4-0 as they sailed to an easy win.
The Rangers Lacked Energy; Bruins Get an Easy Win
This season has been nothing short of insane. Starting with the Deangelo situation, Panarin getting threatened by Putin, the Rangers almost making it and just coming up short, and now the events of the past week. With Gorton and JD fired, Chris Drury comes in to help the rebuild. However, everything is not as bad as it looks. This season has been crazy, amazing, and heartbreaking as a fan. The Rangers have the potential to be a great team in the near future, but only if they continue this rebuild right. As of right now, however, the Rangers have dropped another game.