An 80’s Rock band known as The Clash said it best: “Go straight to hell, boys, go straight to hell, boys.”
The Rangers are at rock bottom following their 6-1 loss to Boston. And as things currently stand, they won’t be climbing out of the pit of hell they’ve fallen into.
The funny thing is they actually had a good chance to topple the Bruins when the game first started.
The B’s came to town for the second half of their back-to-back set. And the Blueshirts came out with some zest.
Five minutes into the game, Rick Nash used his power-speed skating combo to bear down on Boston’s backup goalie Anton Khudobin.
Nash rifled the puck past Khudobin and the Rangers led 1-0. All was right in RangersTown.
Then it wasn’t.
2:54 after Rick scored, the Bruins’ Riley Nash took advantage of an out-of-position Henrik Lundqvist and tied the game.
Lundqvist had been forced out of position by a Boston three-on-one odd man rush. Then, Tony DeAngelo flat out blew his coverage, allowing Riley to put the puck in the empty net.
Just over eight minutes later, Zdeno Chara directed his wicked shot towards Lundqvist and Henrik never saw the puck. Chara’s blast put Boston up 2-1 and was just the tip of the iceberg for the sinking Rangers’ ship.
Heading into the second period down 2-1 the Blueshirts still had life. But not for long.
Patrice Bergeron fired a shot towards Lundqvist from just inside the blue line. And Henrik misplayed the puck.
Hank got his blocker on the shot, but failed to tighten up and the puck trickled past him; giving Boston the 3-1 lead.
After the game, Lundqvist stated, “Bergeron sort of misfired and I initially read the shot as going up. So my body was going up and then the puck was low and I couldn’t get down in time.”
Then the brazen Bruins really turned it on.
Tim Schaller turned DeAngelo inside out. And while he attempted to regain his balance he shot the puck past Lundqvist; giving Boston the 4-1 lead. The goal ended Henrik’s night early for the third time in six starts.
Ondrej Pavelec was the next man up and he didn’t fair any better.
If a 4-1 deficit wasn’t bad enough, the Rangers allowed Bergeron to score again. This time off a short-handed odd man rush midway through the period; making it 5-1 Bruins.
The third period was more of the same.
Sean Kuraly fired a simple wrist-shot towards Pavelec 6:34 into the period and the puck went through Pavelec as if he were paper.
With a 6-1 lead the Bostonians played keep away with the puck tacking another regulation loss onto the Blueshirts’ record.
BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS
SWISS CHEESE DEFENSE: With Kevin Shattenkirk and Marc Staal out, the defense is in even worse shape than it was early in the season. The combination of Brendan Smith and Tony DeAngelo was on the ice for a whopping three of Boston’s six goals.
THRICE ISN’T NICE: For the third time in his last six starts Henrik Lundqvist could not make it through a full 60 minutes. In fact, he hasn’t survived a full 40 minutes in any of the three games he’s been pulled.
SPECIAL TEAMS MIA: The Rangers went oh-for-one on the man advantage and allowed a short-handed goal to boot.
DOUBLING DOWN: Cody McLeod fought Adam McQuaid twice — once in the first and once in the third. And neither of McLeod’s fights did anything to benefit the Blueshirts.
The Rangers face Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames Friday (Feb. 9) at MSG. Game time: 7 p.m. ET. Broadcast: MSG Networks.
A complete and utter collapse of the Rangers’ structure and system took place against the Bruins.
Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec combined to allow six goals on 32 shots.
Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith were on the ice for three goals against. While Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello were on for two each.
After the game, Head Coach Alain Vigneault stated the obvious, “after the third and fourth goals we stopped doing our job on the ice.”
Added McDonagh: “It’s probably one of the worst games of my career and one of the worst games I’ve ever been a part of in my Rangers career. We need a lot better from everybody and definitely myself.”