by Patrick Hoffman on 10/16/10 at 11:42 AM ET
Not only did the New York Rangers lose their home opener in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-3, but they also lost Chris Drury (6 weeks due to a broken finger) and Marian Gaborik (2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder) to injuries.
The Blueshirts lost Gaborik after Leafs’ winger Colby Armstrong hit Gaborik hard into the boards. Not too long after that happened, the team lost Drury when he broke his finger again. Not exactly the way to start the season at home, eh?
What’s concerning here is the loss of Gaborik for a few weeks. Coming into the season, Gaborik was expected to pile up the points like he did last season and be a scoring threat on a line with Alex Frolov, who has yet to score a goal in the team’s first three games.
Where is the offense going to come from? There are not going to be too many games where your club’s goal scorers are Michal Rozsival and team fourth-liner Brian Boyle.
For the next few weeks at least, others are going to have to step up, especially in the month of October since November looks like it is going to be one of the toughest months for the team.
On the positive side, the team battled to pick up a point in a game where they were mostly outplayed by the Leafs. If it were not for the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist (34 saves), the game could have been over long before the third period ever began.
Head coach John Tortorella told team web site beat writer Jim Cerny the following after the game:
“I am happy about the resiliency and getting a point (in the standings),” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. “To get a point out of the game after that second period, I thought we regained ourselves pretty well.”
The team’s fans should be happy that they got a point out of it but at the same time, they should certainly be worried about how the team’s injuries will impact the team for the rest of the month and into November.
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