Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rangers Watch: TOR 4, NYR 1

One step forward, two steps back.

The Rangers were unable to muster more than one-goal against he league's worst defense. That lone goal came from Jaromir Jagr, his second of the season, which remarkably ties him for the team lead. New York is the only team in the league without a player to score three or more goals.

Brendan Shannahan displayed shades of Mark Messier's second tour on Broadway, turning away from checks and floating through all three zones. On the Leafs' third goal, Shanny's inability to pick up a man driving the net left Dan Girardi with two men in front and the inevitable tip in.

Even when Shanny doesn't score, he's always done the little things that have helped the team. Without that, his role should be limited to the third line and as a special unit specialist. Despite all the line juggling, coach Tom Renney is still unwilling to go there. Is the clock ticking yet for Renney?

Recaps: Y!/AP, TSN Broadband



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