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Rangers Come Up Short
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - October 6, 2007

by Toby Ivey

The Rangers went into Ottawa looking to prove they could compete with the best. Sixty minutes later, the Rangers left with a key injury and perhaps more questions on an offense that has misfired now through five of the six periods played.

Just as they did against the Panthers, the Rangers came out hard and controlled the flow of the game on the first couple of shifts, and once again they were unable to maintain the flow. In a span of 53 seconds the Senators turned the game to their advantage, opportunistically cashing in on defensive breakdowns for the Rangers to score two quick goals.

Tom Renney immediately called a timeout, and got the team to settle down. But with a 2-0 lead, the home town Senators turned the screws on the Rangers, preventing any sort of offensive flow with their smothering team defense, and killing off five Ranger power plays on the night.

For the Rangers the top line generated the most changes on the night. Much of the offense that the Rangers saw coming off the sticks of Chris Drury and Jaromir Jagr, though the latter still looked far from his best through large portions of the game. Martin Straka worked hard, but struggled to make an impact.

The second line for New York looked somewhat better than opening night, but with the loss of Avery the role of left wing became a rotation. Brendan Shanahan did not quite have his aim on, but fired willingly at the net, while center man Scott Gomez was quiet until finally showing glimpses of form in the third.

Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan once again generated several half chances, but neither found the room they saw against Florida in the third period. Brandon Dubinsky saw some power play time as the result of the Avery injury, but did not impress with or without the puck.

Fourth liners Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr were virtually unseen, as the Rangers sought to find some offense. Hollweg saw a couple of shifts on the third line, and Blair Betts also cycled between the two lines.

On the blueline, Fedor Tyutin had his best game for some time. Tyutin looked more comfortable with the puck than on opening night, and threw one particularly good shot off the far post, beating Gerber cleanly. His partner Dan Girardi started quietly and gradually became more noticeable as the game went on. Once again Girardi saw some time on the point for the second power play unit.

Michal Rozsival made perhaps only one serious mistake in the whole game, and it resulted in the first shorthanded goal. Rozsival appeared to have Fischer covered shorthanded, but after initiating the check, it was the Ranger defenseman who went to the ice. Fischer went to the boards and ultimately fed the pass to Meszaros for the first goal, but it was Rozsival's tumble to the ice and slow return to the play that contributed to the defensive breakdown.

His partner Marek Malik also failed to stop the pass from Fischer, once again displaying at a number of points in the game his inability to adjust quickly to fast moving plays.

The defense was rounded out by Marc Staal and Jason Strudwick (Paul Mara was a healthy scratch). Strudwick was perhaps at fault on the second goal, though both defensemen got caught chasing the play. Strudwick ultimately took himself out of the play, allowing Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson to get an odd-man mismatch against Marc Staal.

Ultimately the veteran did turn his game around, taking on Chris Neil after he had sent Sean Avery off to the lockerroom, and holding his own against a more accomplished fighter. He also recovered well in the second period against rookie Nick Foligno, coming back to foil a breakaway by the youngster.

Staal looked more confident in the game, and even went into the offensive zone on several occasions, and showed an agile stick on several defensive occasions.

In goal, Henrik Lundqvist perhaps would have wanted the Alfredsson goal back, but made some big saves on the game, including one glove save on a sharp Dany Heatley chance in close. Lundqvist has now stopped 58 of the first 62 shots he's faced, but is now 2-6 lifetime against the Senators.

Turning Point
Just 4:47 into the game, Andrej Meszaros converts on a shorthanded chance in the slot. The goal turned the momentum of the game quickly in the favor of the Senators, and perhaps helped lead to the second goal less than a minute later.

The Rangers offense struggled through much of the game. There was little flow, as the Senators disrupted the play quickly, giving the Rangers no space or time to setup or even to get to rebounds. At no stage did the visitors ever threaten an odd-man rush or a breakaway, with two or more defenders seemingly back on most rushes up ice.

Perhaps one of the best chances came late in the third period with Martin Straka alone in the slot, but with traffic in front of the net, Straka shot wide.

The shot total of 35 is somewhat misleading, given that most shots came from the outside, and few if any shots gave Martin Gerber trouble on the night.

As has been common for the Blueshirts, the substance has been there more than the form. The two goals were largely as a result of defensive breakdowns of course, with the forwards applying little backchecking pressure and the defense outnumbered down low. The defense scrambled fairly well after the goals were scored, but needed Lundqvist to bail them out on several occasions.

Special Teams
The Power Play has now gone two games without registering a goal, going 0 for 6 tonight. There were a couple of well placed shots, but no second opportunities and little traffic in front of the net. On their six opportunities they managed just six shots.

At the other end of the ice, the Penalty Kill went 4 for 4, allowing only four shots while short handed, an impressive feat against the high-powered Senator line-up.

Sean Avery left the ice in the first period, after a heavy collision with Chris Neil. Neil was called for elbowing on the play, but perhaps deserved a charging call instead. Avery appeared to suffer a dislocated shoulder on the play, holding his arm motionless as he quickly exited to the dressing rooms.

Blair Betts played is 150th game as a Ranger since coming over from the Calgary Flames in 2004. Jason Strudwick played his first game this season, with Paul Mara being a scratch for the first time since he was acquired at last year's deadline.

Starting Lines
Straka - Drury - Jagr
Avery - Gomez - Shanahan
Prucha - Dubinsky - Callahan
Orr - Betts - Hollweg



Marce Hossa - Healthy scratch
Thomas Pock - Healthy scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy scratch

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