Following an overtime loss to the Oilers on Monday, the Rangers fell apart with a lackluster second-period effort in Vancouver last night. Although the game was evenly played for 45 minutes, the Rangers were called for two major penalties in the second period. Both Kreider and Lemieux were sent off for high hits and Rangers’ coach David Quinn was not pleased with the officiating. Rangers fans have been furious about calls all throughout the season. He had this to say(or not to stay) in regards to the referee decisions:
Despite the anger brought upon by the loss, the Rangers need to regroup and focus on the rest of the Canadian road trip if they want to end the last 13 games on a high note. No matter your opinion on whether the Baby Blueshirts should ”tank”, winning is the main priority right now for this group.
In the opening frame, the shots total were in favor of the Canucks, but Vancouver had a slight advantage in quality chances. Just 8 seconds in, Tony Deangelo, who had been just reinserted into the lineup, took a hi-sticking penalty. The Canucks may not have been able to convert, but Lundqvist would be pressured early and often. He would go on to stop all 8 shots he faced.
Well, the second period was an utter disaster. Not one, but two major penalties were taken by the Blueshirts. The first one was clearly justified. Chris Kreider skated into the offensive zone and bulldozed Elis Petterson before getting an elbow right into the projected Calder Trophy winner’s face. Sniper Brock Boeser would give Vancouver the lead on a wicked wrister from the slot that found the back of the net. Shortly after, the Rangers were called for another game misconduct penalty; there third in as many games. This one, on the other hand, was clearly mistaken call. No matter what team you root for, it was obvious.
The Rangers would actually kill off the penalty but Vancouver forward Tyler Motte scored two goals in a matter of 11 seconds to give the Canucks a 3-0 lead and stick the dagger into the Rangers’ hearts.
The Blueshirts put forth a valiant effort in the third but ultimately could not complete the comeback. They were able to get a 5 on 3 powerplays early on but did not record a single shot…At 10:28, though, Pavel Buchnevich finally converted on the powerplay, snapping an 0/26 drought for New York. All momentum stopped there and Jake Virtanen scored the empty netter with 25 seconds to go.
The Rangers will travel to Calgary on Friday night to face off against Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames. The Flames currently hold the second spot in the Western Conference with 93 points.