The New York Rangers lost 2-1 in Philadelphia on Thursday night. They came off a good win over Boston on Wednesday night at home after losing their first two games. The Rangers couldn’t keep their momentum going though as they couldn’t score, getting a power play goal in the third period. They had a two man advantage and a four minute power play with around 10 minutes to go in the third period and failed to capitalize.
The Rangers are now 1-3 to start the season, that is not where they want to be but they still have time. The Rangers have played much better in their last two games. They will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Saturday and then they will play the Flyers and Bruins in the two games after that at home next week. The Rangers need to get a good streak going and start to be the team that everyone though they would be and can be.
Taylor Pyatt scored the only goal for the Rangers. It was his third in the last three games. Lundqvist probably played his best game with 31 saves. Lundqvist and the defense have gotten much better the last couple of games and that is very important for the Rangers. The offense will get better as the guys start to develop chemistry but it is the goaltending and defense which ultimately will win you games.
The Flyers scored both of their goals in a four minute span in the second period. The first goal was a deflection off a skate. The second one was on a power play and a rebound.
The Rangers just couldn’t get their offense going in this game, they only had 13 shots through the first two periods and only one from the top line that had been so good the night before. The Rangers looked like they were tired and had heavy legs. They are usually pretty good in back-to-back games. The Rangers this early may just not have their conditioning where it should be. It will be important for them to bounce back at home against the Maple Leafs and get a win.