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Montreal Massacre

Posted 11:59 PM ET | Comments 11
Chris Drury said it himself during the second intermission. In fact, he said it three times. "I know I'm repeating myself but we are a whole different team when we move our legs." Unfortunately, this message did not travel from the brain of this excuse of a team to their legs. And so, the Rangers made history with their stunning defeat, with the biggest botched job in team history.

There is no eloquent way to describe the events that took place in Montreal tonight; I am more likely to explain the stupid antics of the Habs fans in a polite way. Perhaps it was the constant yelling and penalty whining by the fans that threw off the Rangers. More likely it was their own ineptitude, their own unwillingness to work hard to maintain a lead in addition to gaining it. It exemplifies what the Rangers are missing: Motivation, Determination, Perseverence and Consistancy.

I shall not bore you with the previously mentioned motivation and determination. However, I will explain the remaining two. Perseverence means to keep going despite difficulties. In hockey terms, to be able to stop the momentum of the other team and take control of the game. Having a 5-0 lead is great. But if the opposition scores once, you have to buckle down and stop them. Not give up another goal 15 seconds later. When they score again to make it 5-3, you cannot give up a goal 25 seconds later. When it is 5-4, you need to take control of the game, not play the last 10 minutes like it is a penalty kill. Unacceptable. Number 3 on the agenda: Learn to persevere.

Forget about consistancy from game to game. That is a different and obvious topic. But look at consistancy betwen periods. The Rangers owned the game for the first 30 minutes. They played offense, defense, skated, checked, kept possession of the puck and basically did everything right. You would think that the scales couldn'd reverse completely. Well, as always with the Rangers, think again. This team is mind boggling in its inability to maintain momentum and in its tendancy to fall apart completely when things are great. They managed to get owned worse by the Habs in the second half of the game and lose three points: one point lost from not winning and two points gifted to the Habs, a team that these pathetic losers are chasing.

So will the Rangers recover from this Montreal Massacre in time to face Buffalo on Saturday? Will they keep playing like they did in the previous few games? Will they continue this improbable tear and remain in good playoff position? Or will this defining moment be the beginning of the end for this unmotivated, undetermined, weak, inconsistant, overpaid team of underacheivers? Will the Rangers, or more appropriately the Rags, once again take away the hope they gave us and be remembered as the biggest disappointment in team history?

I'm going with choice number 2.
February 20, 2008 9:06 AM ET | Delete
I think the advantage is the next game is Saturday, and not today or Friday. Remember when Renney made the "crash the bleeping net speech" earlier this season? Maybe the next two days he should be yelling "don't stop bleeping pushing!"When it was 5-0, the Rangers should have played to make it 10-0, instead of falling back and collapsing. I give Montreal credit for an amazing comeback, but the Rangers have NO EXCUSE for losing that game.
February 20, 2008 9:42 AM ET | Delete
February 20, 2008 3:30 PM ET | Delete
"Perhaps it was the constant yelling and penalty whining by the fans that threw off the Rangers." - Come on man...dont knock fans for being passionate just because your team choked one away. And I would write the Rangers off just yet. They embarrased themselves but this is a good team (with good veteran leadership) that will likely pick things up going down the stratch.
February 20, 2008 3:31 PM ET | Delete
correction: I WOULDN'T write off the Rangers - sorry for the typo
February 20, 2008 4:33 PM ET | Delete
thank you pucknut, I believe you are correct
February 20, 2008 7:26 PM ET | Delete
I was knocking the fans when it was 5-0. Its stupid. Not every play is a penalty. Passionate, yes. Mature, no.
February 20, 2008 7:46 PM ET | Delete
yeah the fans were rather annoying before montreal ever scored, any hit on a canadien and they yelled for a penalty, MARA SLAPPED THE PUCK AROUND THE REAR BOARDS AND IT DEFLECTED OUT AFTER RIDING THE BOARD FOR 60 FEET and fans booed thinking its a delay of game, yeah the fans were crazy in a good way once montreal was coming back, but when it was 5-0 they were rather annoying.
February 20, 2008 8:39 PM ET | Delete
Rangers lost because of the fans!..
February 20, 2008 10:32 PM ET | Delete
Yup its all the fans fault. Game shouldve been played in NewYork. Damn Fans !!!!! I cant believe they even showed up !! 21273 people game in game during the worst and best of times. How dare they call the refs out like that and cheer their team by yelling go habs go when theyre down 5-0. shameless !!
February 21, 2008 3:26 PM ET | Delete
All is well with what the Montreal fans were doing during the game except throwing garbage on the ice. It's okay to disagree with the officials but when you begin to throw garbage on the ice, you're disgracing your own team's ice.
February 21, 2008 4:56 PM ET | Delete
It wasnt garbage, it was a free banner giveaway. Watching the refs blow the game after a few beers with a free banner in your hand and you too will toss it !
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