Rangers VS Blue Jackets
You would think after a 3-2 overtime loss to your old head coach the Rangers would come out swinging to a Metropolitan division rival. But no, quite the opposite actually. The Rangers blessed my eyes to yet another hockey game that made me want to throw my tv out my third floor window. I honestly do not understand what is going on but this shit needs to stop. We got absolutely waxed by an injury riddled Blue Jackets team that had a rookie goalie in net (who by the way earned his first NHL win against us). I am embarrassed. I am upset. I am in disbelief. Also why the DUCK are we playing Halak. Igor is our starter for a reason. This game should have been a cake walk. But I’m over it, let’s get this blog over with and dive into the first period.
The Rangers came out surprisingly strong, you wouldn’t think that from my opening statement but things go downhill very quickly. Filip Chytil left the game just 11 seconds into his first shift as a result of a hit and did not return to the game. Chytil’s injury doesn’t seem too serious, Mollie Walker reported that he is day-to-day. But with Chytil’s early exit Gallant had to go to work to mix up the lines. With 2 minutes left in the first Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski snuck one past Halak to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The Blue Jackets came out of the locker room hot, netting 2 goals in the first 9 minutes of the second. Andrew Peeke & Yegor Chinakhov both tallied a goal to give the Blue Jackets a 3 nothing lead midway through the second. The Rangers had little life towards the end of the second but a 3-5 power play gave the Rangers a slight spark. Artemi Panarin was able to net a power play goal to cut the Blue Jackets lead to 3-1 going into the third.
The Rangers were unable to produce anything in the third. It was back and forth between the Blue Jackets and Rangers up until 6 minutes left in the third where Eric Robinson and Kent Johnson scored a goal each in the span of 55 seconds. Extending their lead to 5-1 and crushing any hope the Rangers had in making a comeback in this game.
Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Daniil Tarasov was lights out, stopping all 23 shots he faced on 5 on 5 play. I still do not understand why the Rangers played like horse shit but I am just going to blame the fact that Chytil was out of the line up and the jumbling of lines just threw everyone off their game. Which shouldn’t be a good reason but whatever. A loss is a loss. I’m over it. We got
the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the building on Tuesday & we need to be on our A game. We’re on to Colorado.