The New York Rangers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score
- 3:14 PIT Patric Hornqvist; Assists: Carl Hagelin, Kris Letang
- 15:17 NYR Michael Grabner
- 19:06 NYR Brendan Smith; Assists: Vinni Lettieri, Paul Carey
- 13:15 PIT Dominik Simon; Assists: Daniel Sprong, Brian Dumoulin
- 14:30 PIT Phil Kessel; Assist: Conor Sheary
- 12:33 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assists: Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak
- 18:01 PIT Carl Hagelin (ENG)
👂 RangersTown cheers for Grabner's 🚨 pic.twitter.com/QW8ZZUjQRZ- New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 15, 2018
- Things were better tonight in that the Rangers didn't get flat out embarrassed by the Penguins, but this wasn't good enough.
- The Rangers seem unable to sustain anything offensively but they are quite good at helping to sustain offense against with how they are defending. The foundation of how the Rangers want to play is based around getting the puck and moving it quickly out of the zone. They are not doing that and when they try to do that, they seem to force it, turn it over and then they are right back where they started.
- Again, Henrik Lundqvist is the only reason this game was remotely close.
- Yes, this was a much harder game for the Rangers to play without Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Hayes, but it's not as if the Rangers were dominating with them in the lineup.
- There is only one thing that will keep the Rangers out of last place in the Metro this week: The Hurricanes on their bye week. The standings are so compressed that you can basically jump from last place into the playoffs in the matter of a night and the Rangers have wasted away any separation they may have had.
- The Rangers have five games before the All-Star break, with two at home before heading out West. With the exception of McDonagh and Hayes hopefully returning, I don't expect any other moves until after the break. This team dug itself out of their October hole and despite how they have recently played, they could do it again. The only way that happens though is if they get their heads on straight, stop turning the puck over and spend more time in the offensive zone.
The Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7 p.m.