Rangers extend their losing streak to four after a 5-2 defeat against New Jersey. Rangers have another lifeless third period.
After a scoreless first period, both teams traded goals in the second. Colin Blackwell (2) tied the game at one and Pavel Buchnevich (4) glove-side goal with 32 seconds before intermission tied again.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves and made key saves to keep game scoreless.
More injuries as Jacob Trouba left last night’s game early with an upper-body injury.
Forward Chris Kreider expressed his displeasure after the team’s loss calling out teammates as “listless and lifeless.”
“They flat out wanted it more, its unacceptable,” Kreider said. ” It’s an opportunity wasted. We all have to hate this feeling.”
Forward Mika Zibanejad echoed Kreider.
“We were lacking a little bit of desperation, to be honest with you,” said Zibanejad said. “The whole game, we didn’t get up to the level we needed to.”
“We’ve got to find a way to get it done.”
Blame belongs to Head Coach David Quinn but Zibanejad and Kreider deserve it as well.
Rangers needed to play a clean game without Panarin and Miller but they both took unexplainable penalties. Zibanejad’s blunder gave way for Devils first goal.
This was the first game for New Jersey in 16 days.
David Quinn expressed his displeasure about the team’s effort answering bluntly, “Yeah.”
That would be addressed prior to practice tomorrow, during practice, after practice and before they play at Philadelphia on Thursday.
“A lot of things that happened tonight, you wonder why,” Quinn said. “We’re in a situation where we haven’t won an awful lot and we’ve got to understand the difference between winning and losing and what you need to do to do it. You would think we would generate some momentum getting that goal at the end of the second. It just didn’t happen. A lot of things didn’t happen tonight for us.”
Rangers head down the NJ Turnpike face-off against Philadelphia on Thursday.