This time they weren’t in a position to get away with it after they bought away from their recreation.
“We played a game the other night [in Buffalo] where it was more wide open, more space, less physical and we convinced ourselves that we were going to play a bunch of teams like that and we could play more wide open,” Chris Kreider mentioned after the Rangers have been crushed 1-0 by Nashville on the Garden on Sunday. “We didn’t play notably effectively the opposite night time and received and we carried that into this recreation.
“We weren’t getting into enough battles, we weren’t winning enough battles, they were finishing all their checks, they were winning all their battles. It took us 20 minutes to figure that out. It just can’t happen.”
The first-period effort was dreadful, the Rangers went a stretch of 10:24 with out producing a shot, by no means thoughts an opportunity, but it surely took the crew far longer than 20 minutes to get totally engaged on this one, even after Philip Tomasino recorded the sport’s solely purpose at 1:44 of the second interval.
Indeed, it took Jacob Trouba’s large hit on Luke Kunin down the left-wing wall at 16:29 of the second interval to ignite the Blueshirts, who did for probably the most half carry the play thereafter however couldn’t beat Juuse Saros.
“I thought there was a little more energy in the building for sure,” mentioned Trouba, who has unleashed three throwback hits within the final 4 video games. “I feel as the sport progressed we began taking part in higher, a few of it was an element of them defending the lead however I assumed we skated higher as the sport went on.
“It was kind of a midpoint, I guess, but I thought it was kind of progressing that way anyway.”
Asked if he heard the group chanting his identify, the defenseman mentioned, “Slightly bit, I couldn’t make it out. I assumed it mentioned, ‘Igor.’ ’’
Head coach Gerard Gallant appeared as dissatisfied along with his crew’s efficiency as he has all 12 months, saying, “It’s not good enough, we just didn’t do enough, that first period they hemmed us in our zone and we didn’t pay a price to win the board battles and in the end it cost us.”
Gallant juggled line mixtures within the third interval that had basically remained intact for the earlier eight video games. And he benched Alexis Lafreniere, who bought simply 9:18 for the match that included two shifts within the third interval.
Lafreniere didn’t get on for the ultimate 10:14, throughout which era Gallant had Filip Chytil between Kevin Rooney and Barclay Goodrow and elevated Julien Gauthier up for a few top-six spins. Indeed, it was Gauthier — not Chytil, not Lafreniere, not Kaapo Kakko, who himself bought solely 3:23 within the third and simply 12:08 total — who was on for the ultimate 1:34 as the additional attacker after Alexandar Georgiev vacated the online.
“I just wanted to give him a seat,” Gallant mentioned when requested about Lafreniere. “He wasn’t alone.”
The Rangers had been using excessive with seven straight victories earlier than they have been buried by the Avalanche at dwelling on Wednesday. They escaped with the minimalist 2-1 victory in Buffalo on Friday earlier than this. So, three consecutive subpar efforts for the crew that has scored 4 objectives at five-on-five by means of this stretch that marks the primary time this season the Rangers have misplaced two out of three in regulation.
There was a push late within the second after Trouba put his proper shoulder into Kunin, Saros denying Mika Zibanejad on a close-in backhand which may have represented the Rangers’ greatest likelihood at even energy. The Blueshirts carried the momentum into the third interval and manufactured a wonderful alternative to tie it on an early energy play, however Saros made a spectacular doorstep save on Ryan Strome from the proper aspect on a cross-ice setup from Kreider.
But although they carried the play, recording 10 straight photographs over a five-minute stretch starting with the man-advantage, the Rangers by no means actually got here all that shut once more in opposition to a now 17-10-1 Nashville crew that was with out each Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene.
“I didn’t like any of the game, to be honest with you,” Gallant mentioned. “We played too soft, we didn’t play a hard enough game. It was a man’s game and we didn’t play it.”
No, it was not. And now, with a back-to-back arising in Colorado and Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, maybe the Rangers will acknowledge that lower than their greatest received’t be sufficient because the season progresses.