The Rangers were dominated by the Caps for most of this game, and it showed on the scoreboard. It seemed like the Caps beat the Rangers to every loose puck, and were just forcing turnovers on every shift. The Rangers failed to win their sixth game in a row, but they can’t win them all, and dropped to the Caps 4-1. Let’s jump to the bullets:
The Rangers simply did not test Tomas Vokoun at all that game. Vokoun has been awful all year, and it was clear he was slow in his crease (how many pucks went under him?) and was giving up rebounds. They didn’t get enough quality chances. Plain and simple.
Brandon Dubinsky’s goal (just his third of the year) was set up by Ryan Callahan blocking a shot. Dubi picked up the puck and simply beat Vokoun glove side.Dubi had another opportunity in the second, but Vokoun stuffed him on that chance. It looks like he has finally woken up, but Dubi is a streaky player. Let’s see how his next few games are.
The powerplay was inconsistent, but other ...