Rangers fight back, lose to Pens in overtime.

New York Rangers, the good, the bad, the ugly…

The New York Rangers lost to the defending champs the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The loss, which is New York’s 5th loss in the first 6 games. The loss had some good, some bad, and a lot of ugly. The good was the second period. After being down 2-0 going into the middle frame, they were able to cut the lead in half after David Desharnais’ first goal on Broadway. After Sidney Crosby took a double minor high sticking penalty for drawing blood from Jimmy Vesey, New York was presented with an opportunity. Pavel Buchnevich was able to break through for his first goal of the year on the power play. Since the goal was before the two-minute mark, the Rangers had a full two minutes that began after the goal. They would cash in. J.T. Miller sent an absolute bomb past goaltender Matt Murray to give the Rangers the lead. At that point, they were up 3-2. Unfortunately, that was just about all the positivity that could be brought out of this game.

The Bad of NYR last night…

The bad came in two junctions of the game. The Rangers let a goal to the back of their net in the first minute again. They were down 2-0 after one and looked completely lost. They honestly looked defeated and as if they had no want to be there, which has been the case previously this year. After their comeback in the beginning of the middle frame, Chris Kreider took a stupid crosschecking penalty that put the Rangers down a man. The Pens took advantage and tied the game 3-3. That was a big turning point, with the Pens being tied instead of down a goal. These were two instances where the Rangers were bad. Don’t worry, it gets worse.

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The Ugly of NYR last night…

The ugly was really ugly on this October night. Both pieces of the ugly are not known to be described this way. Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist, boy are they struggling. Hank let up the tying goal with 55 seconds left. The goal, scored by Crosby, was banked in off Lundqvist’s back. Just an absolute awful goal at a juncture where you can not let in a goal of that nature. McDonagh has been in his own little world up to this point. He has been the worst defenseman for the Blueshirts out of the group, and tonight was no different. The game was advanced to the overtime period and McDonagh made, in my opinion, one of the worst plays I have ever seen by someone who plays at the highest level possible. He sent a pass right up the middle of the ice, which in turn was blocked by Phil Kessel who slid the biscuit over to Evgeni Malkin who deposited the puck into the open net. My mouth dropped when the play happened. I had never seen anything like it. Although the Rangers got a point in the defeat, they lost the contest 5-4.

Coach Alain Vigneault on the hot seat?

Although it is still early in the season, a big move needs to happen soon. The blockbuster trade is rare in the month of October, so don’t expect any of that. Although Alain Vigneault is the one to go. That is just how sports work. He will take the fall, and I think he needs to. The Rangers are known to start slow, but this is uncharted waters for them. Things need to change and change fast. One point is a step in the right direction, but a small step. Things need to improve drastically fast before the ship sails on the season.

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