Pathetic Rangers put on the brink by Devils
The only phrase to use to describe this team is Pathetic. The Rangers are pathetic. A so called super team, in two straight must win games, laid eggs. They didn’t stick to what worked in Games 1 and 2 and to a lesser extent Game 3. Instead they played lifeless, pathetic Rangers hockey. Sloppy play, not crashing the net, bad turnovers. Only Igor Shesterkin and possibly Barclay Goodrow came to play in Game 5.
The pathetic Rangers should have realized the first goal was a fluke, and not something to base their game on. Instead, they came into the second, still down 1-0, and reverted back to their lifeless, vanilla selves. A so called super team that can’t pick themselves up after going down 1-0 on a fluke goal? Pathetic.
The more words put into this recap, the more I realize that perhaps pathetic isn’t the right word. The effort was there. The execution was not. This was not like Game 4 where they just didn’t show up. Akira Schmid was in their head all game and it showed. But they still refused to crash the get to get rebounds. Too fancy, too many passes, and too little heart.
But then you watch the third period. And you see the Devils, up three, acting like the more desperate team. Pathetic Rangers.
Devils 1, Rangers 0
Crashing the net gets the bounces, and after Vincent Trocheck won the defensive zone faceoff clean, Igor Shesterkin fumbled the puck to the slot. Ondrej Palat’s shot then deflected off Adam Fox’s stick and barely got over Shesterkin. Lucky bounces created by being at the net.
Devils 2, Rangers 0
Adam Fox cheated too high, forcing Ryan Lindgren to abandon Erik Haula in front when the puck got to Dawson Mercer a little higher up. Haula got his stick on Mercer’s shot.
Devils 3, Rangers 0
Powerplay turnover at the blue line. Goal. Pathetic Rangers. NHL.com broke and didn’t have videos of goals, but I don’t think you’re upset about missing this one in the recap.
Devils 4, Rangers 0
Haula empty netter.
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