Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/26/12 at 10:02 AM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Rangers claim to have problems in just about every area of their game, which is why they are 5-5 in their past 10 games as the Penguins came on strong. Up front, the Rangers are not one of the most explosive teams in the NHL, even though centre Brad Richards and right winger Marian Gaborik are clicking. Their defensive game needs tightening and even Lundqvist, who is headed to the Vézina Trophy as the best goaltender in the league, says he could be sharper, too.
“We have a lot of things to clean up over these last seven or eight games,” Richards said. “It’s not in our game plan to be giving up three or four goals like we have been in the last three weeks.
“Some of the mistakes have mounted a little. Earlier in the year, we’d get a save and then get a goal to get back in it. We haven’t been as opportunistic in those areas.”
Rangers head coach John Tortorella was a little more forceful on the topic after the Rangers pulled out a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
“I thought we were ugly as hell through a number of minutes,” he said. “We have a lot of things to work on. But killing penalties, blocking shots, we found a way to win a road game.”
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