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Florida, More Passionate About Their Game
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - March 15, 2008

by Toby Ivey

It had to end at some point, but the Rangers perhaps contributed as much to their own demise as the Panthers did. In front of a smallish crowd with plenty of fans in the Red, White and Blue, the Blueshirts turned in a performance more reminiscent of their early season form, than what we've more recently grown accustomed to.

There was little passion in the game, and the Rangers, perhaps thinking of an easy two points, became the latest victim for the Panthers, who extended their winning streak to six games.

Turning Point
Early in the third Martin Straka took a hooking penalty that sent the Florida PP back on the ice. Olli Jokinen, who has largely been neutralized when playing against the Rangers, picked up a loose puck outside the crease and gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead they'd hold onto.

Offense
This was perhaps one of the worst performances by the Rangers forwards we've seen for some time. There was little passion in the game, the forecheck was not particularly agressive or effective, and the Rangers generated fewer chances than they have been.

The Jagr line did combine with Dan Girardi for a goal, but were largely cancelled out by the opposition. Sean Avery picked up assists on both goals, but perhaps found it hard to get a rise out of a team that hasn't seen the Rangers much this year. Jaromir Jagr was pretty much a non-factor.

Scott Gomez had one of his worst games for some time, and looked incapable of converting a pass. In fact the whole line looked out of sync and Shanahan and Dawes combined for just two shots on goal.

Chris Drury was amongst the most effective of the Ranger forwards, and along with Ryan Callahan, they were perhaps the two best forecheckers on the team. Still their inability to convert ultimately cost the team, along with another MIA game from Straka.

Seeing the fourth liners in action for the first time live this season, it was remarkable to see how bad Colton Orr and Blair Betts were at making passes and handling the puck. Still they generated some of the Rangers' best forecheck in the game, and if not for bad puck handling, may have been able to beat Vokoun.

Defense
The pairing of Christian Backman and Jason Strudwick never looked comfortable on the ice, and were on for two of the three goals against. Backman's tendency to turn the puck over when pressured, continued to be a problem, and while Strudwick played gamely, his lack of speed and match conditioning meant the Rangers weren't as sharp with him on the ice. The combination of the two seemed to be particularly troubling.

The other Rangers defenders played steady games, with no particular standouts on the blueline. Fedor Tyutin and Dan Girardi were steady, but could have hit a little more.

The pairing of Rozsival and Staal was largely unnoticeable, good or bad, but Staal has been making more mistakes of late and does not appear to be as comfortable playing along side Rozsival as he did earlier in the season.

Goaltending
For the most part Lundqvist had a steady outing, but it's fair to say that he'd like to have the Jassen Cullimore goal back. The goal, shot from the top of the circle, went through Lundqvist's 5-hole, despite the goaltender apparently being in good position for the shot.

Special Teams
The special teams were not particularly strong for the Rangers tonight. Despite getting a 5 on 3 goal, the Rangers once again squandered the opportunity to put themselves in the lead, and then ultimately gave up the game winner to Florida on the PP. Despite being able to set up in the zone, the Rangers PP seldom if ever got second chances on shots.

The PK played better, but the goal they gave up was the game winner in the third period.

Power Play: 1 for 5
Penalty Kill: 1 for 4

Injury Notes
Marek Malik remained out with neck and back soreness

Fight Card
None

Milestones and Notes
The Rangers' thirteen game streak with at least a point ended. It was one game short of their best streak in 1993-94.

The loss to the Florida Panthers meant the Rangers finished the season series at 2-1-1, with both losses coming down in Florida.

Henrik Lundqvist remains stuck on 99 wins, but still looks likely to break Mike Richter's team record of 198 games for his 100th win. Lundqvist has now played 185 games.

Dan Girardi scored his first goal since January 5th in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Girardi now has 9 goals on the season, and if he can add one more, it'll be the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Rangers have had two defensemen with 10 or more goals.

Statistical Streaks
Avery - 2 game point scoring streak (0-3-3)
Dubinsky - 2 game point scoring streak (0-2-2)
Shanahan - 2 game point scoring streak (0-2-2)

Starting Lines
Avery - Dubinsky - Jagr
Dawes - Gomez - Shanahan
Straka - Drury - Callahan
Sjostrom - Betts - Orr

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Strudwick-Backman

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Ryan Hollweg - Healthy Scratch
Paul Mara - Head (IR?)
Petr Prucha - Healthy Scratch
Marek Malik - Chest/Neck

Next Game
The Rangers play again tomorrow in Tampa (7:30pm - MSG)


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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