by Patrick Hoffman on 01/31/10 at 12:39 AM ET
Can somebody please tell me why the New York Rangers get off to such bad starts in games?
Take Wednesday night for instance. The Carolina Hurricanes got off to a quick 2-0 start and the Blueshirts never seemed to be able to climb out of the hole. Sure, they put 38 shots on Cam Ward but were only rewarded once in a 5-1 loss. Had the Blueshirts not gotten off to such a poor start in the tilt, things may have ended up being different.
The same thing has happened tonight in Phoenix. The Coyotes scored goals at 6:06 and 6:47 in the first period and then about seven or eight minutes later, they scored again to go up 3-0.
Since then, the Rangers have played a bit better. The Blueshirts have generated several scoring chances and are paying more attention on defense. However, just like on Wednesday night against the Hurricanes, the team is not being rewarded for their efforts.
This is what bad starts can do to you. It’s tough playing behind the eight ball game in and game out and right now, it’s negatively impacting the Blueshirts.
Where is the sense of urgency? Doesn’t this team know that every point matters and that they are facing the possibility of not clinching a playoff spot for the first time in three seasons? In my eyes, that’s enough of a motivation to come out and play the game the right way.
There is less than three minutes to go in the second period so at least the Rangers have one more period to get things going.
Again though, it could be a story of too little too late.
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