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Rangers' Season Heads South
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - October 19, 2007

by Toby Ivey

It was bound to be an ugly night, with the #14 team in the Eastern Conference facing off against the #15. The Rangers had started their season 2-3-0, while Atlanta had struggled through an 0-6-0 start and the firing of head coach Bob Hartley.

What couldn't perhaps have been predicted was that the ugliness would for the most part be on the side of the Rangers, who once again struggled to get their high-priced offense going, looking lethargic and uncomfortable in a set of lines that are vastly different from those that started the season just two weeks ago.

Despite a final score of 5-3, the Rangers were never really in the game, and looked throughly outclassed at the offensive end of the ice. Even the loss of #1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen in the first period, could not spark the Rangers, who will now head to Boston to try and get their first road win of the season.

Turning Point
After going down 2-0, the Rangers appeared to have steadied the game and were back on the power play with a chance to pull back within one goal. Instead of scoring, the Rangers defense stood by and watched a loose puck in the Rangers crease get pushed in despite outnumbering their opponents.

Offense
With a 5-3 scoreline, you might be forgiven for thinking that the reason for the Rangers' loss was a problem on the blueline or in net. Quite to the contrary, the Rangers offense struggled once again and only got going in the third period courtesy of some power plays.

Nigel Dawes was called up to play on the top line, and in many ways outplayed his more vaunted line-mates. Jaromir Jagr looked lethargic for much of the night, and only a late check on fellow Czech Petr Prucha, by Thrashers defender Garnett Exelby in the third seemed to wake him up. Gomez once again continued to skate hard, but with seemingly little purpose, and continues to remind us of Matt Cullen more than the $7.3M that he was awarded over the Summer.

A second line of Chris Drury, Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan didn't do much either, and if anything appeared to destroy the continuity of both that and the third line. None of the three players really got their game going during the game.

Brendan Shanahan finally scored his first goal of the season, a quick wrist shot on the power play from the far side of the slot. Shanahan has been leading the league in shots, but still has just one goal on forty shots so far this season.

Despite some suggestions earlier in the week that Brandon Dubinsky would play alongside Brendon Shanahan, Dubinsky was once again relegated to playing fourth line duty, a position that saw him get little ice time, though he continues to be more noticeable on each shift.

Fourth liners Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr were largely unnoticed until Orr talk matters into his own hands in the third, challenging Exelby to drop the gloves, but ending up just taking a double minor which allowed the Thrashers to go up 5-1.

Defense
With Malik a healthy scratch, and Thomas Pock playing his first game of the year there was bound to be some change on the blueline. Unfortunately that change came in the form of a disjointed effort from both Pock and Rozsival. As has been proven before, Pock has been a liability when played infrequently, and his undisciplined positioning and his lack of patience with the puck helped make the pairing an adventure for much of the night.

Marc Staal and Paul Mara did not have their best game either, being beaten on a couple of occasions around the outside, with Staal stood up by his former OHL opponent Brian Little, who skated right around him.

On the faintly positive side, Dan Girardi got his first NHL goal on the power play, a well placed one-timer that beat goaltender Johan Hedberg going the wrong way.

Goaltending
It was a game of pluses and minuses for Lundqvist on the night, with the Swedish netminder stopping several difficult chances to keep the Rangers in the game. Still Lundqvist can't be happy with his performance, with a number of the goals perhaps being stoppable albeit with difficulty.

Special Teams
For the second time this season, the Rangers recorded three power play goals in a game, but by that time the damage had already been done. The power play was not successful early, which put additional pressure on the Rangers to score...especially when they gave up the shorthanded goal.

The penalty kill was moderately effective, but still needs to be better if the Rangers hope to go far in this season.

Milestones
Thomas Pock and Nigel Dawes both made their season debuts for the Rangers. Neither player featured on the scoreboard, with Pock a -2 and Dawes a -1 on the night.

Marcel Hossa missed the game with an injury, while Marek Malik was a healthy scratch, technically for the first time in his Rangers career. Malik missed a game last season due to an operation to remove his wisdom teeth, and perhaps could've played if the Tom Renney had so desired.

Dan Girardi recorded his first point of the season, and his first goal of his NHL career.

The Rangers have now lost three straight games on the road to start the season, and must face Boston and Pittsburgh before returning to MSG next week.

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

Tyutin-Girardi
Pock-Rozsival
Staal-Mara

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Sean Avery - Injured (shoulder)
Marcel Hossa - Injured (groin)
Marek Malik - Healthy Scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy scratch

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Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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