Seriously. Don’t panic. It was one game. It’s still early in the season. The Rangers have overcome terrible games in the past and they will again.
The game last season against the Canadiens was a terrible game, as was the last 10 minutes of the third period of Saturday night’s game against the Maple Leafs. But, in the next 10 games after the loss to the Habs, the Rangers went 7-2-1 for 15 of the possible 20 points. In the 20 games after the loss they went 12-3-5 getting 29 of a possible 40 points in those games. They maintained an above .700 record for the rest of the season after that terrible loss.
I’m not saying that the Rangers are going to continue at the pace they are playing, but what I am saying is this:
All teams have clunkers. What is the mark of a good team is how they rebound. Last year the Rangers brushed it off and played pretty damn well to finish the season. The Rangers aren’t worried and we shouldn’t be either. This was only the 14th game of the season and they’re still 10-3-1.
If they were now 5-6-3, I’d be worried.