That is exactly the way the New York Rangers played tonight in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
The Blueshirts failed to get many quality scoring chances, put too many pucks into the mid-section or right into Penguins' netminder Tomas Vokoun, ran into bad luck with hitting goal posts and struggled on the power play. The team also did not get any offense from their big guns in Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, and when that happens, the Rangers will lose more often than not like they did tonight.
Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves) certainly did what he could to keep his team in the game. Unfortunately for Lundqvist, his teammates did not do the same in return.
It was clear that the Rangers' missed the efforts of their injured team captain Ryan Callahan. While the Rangers were not terrible, they lacked the energy and spark that Callahan provides on every single shift.
For the Rangers the lack of the ...