Things are not well. The Rangers were back in action on Tuesday night in what seemed like a must-win game after what has been a miserable early losing streak. David Quinn elected to stick with the same group once again for this matchup… The only exception being that potential fourth line offensive power house, Michael Haley was scratched in favor of Gregg McKegg. The Coyotes came into New York winners of their last three games under new coach Rick Tocchet. Bottom line is the Rangers needed to figure things out and end this skid which had exposed a lot of glaring holes in their game that many fans hoped wouldn’t reappear after an unsuccessful 2018-2019 campaign.
The game began similar to most games in the last two weeks, complete and utter domination. The blueshirts looked lost. Their game was the furthest thing from sharp. They looked to be skating in sand and the Coyotes beat them to almost every loose puck. The consistent fore check of Arizona kept the dysfunctional back end pinned in their own zone and left Alexander Georgiev hanging out to dry. After yet another sloppy play in the defensive zone, Coyotes Lawson Crouse opened up the scoring at 13:06 of the first period and put a rebound past Georgiev. The period ended with the Coyotes outshooting the Rangers 21 to 4 and managed to only be up 1-0.
The second period appeared to be go a little bit better. At 5:03 of the period Tony DeAngelo finally put the Rangers on the board burying a Brendan Lemieux rebound and tying the game at one.
Unfortunately, the boys were unable to break their undisciplined habits and once again found themselves in the penalty box another five times in the game. As the saying goes, you can’t score goals while in the penalty box. At 13:46 of the period the Coyotes took advantage of a powerplay as defenseman Alex Goligoski wired a slap shot past Georgiev and gave Arizona a 2-1 lead. However, the Ranges were also able to capitalize of the man advantage as Tony DeAngelo continued his outstanding offensive performance and finished off a beautiful pass from Ryan Strome and tied the game with only two minutes left in the second. The period ended tied at two with the Rangers being outshot 29-16.
The third period was an even one. Both teams had a few chances that they were unable to convert and the Rangers once again appeared to find their game and momentum late in the contest. In spite on this, the blueshirts found themselves in their first overtime of the 2019-20 season. As we all remember, the extra time was not friendly to the team last season as they finished 3-9. Unfortunately, this seasons overtime record didn’t start much better. Arizona won the opening faceoff and the Rangers never touched to puck again in this matchup. At 1:04 Coyotes Christian Dvorak went bar down and extended the blueshirts losing streak to five games…
The Rangers will be back in action tonight at 7:00pm against a surging Buffalo Sabres team, which doesn’t appear to be a recipe for success. We really need this one if the Rangers have any hope of being a competitive team this year.