Following the Rangers loss to the Panthers on Tuesday night, Ryan Callahan remarked that the Rangers lost the special teams battle and that ended up costing them the game.
Dave Maloney said that the Rangers special teams weren’t good enough on Tuesday.
The Rangers were 0-3 on the power play and allowed one power play goal on the two chances that Florida had.
The Rangers had one power play in the first, one in the second and one late in the third.
Ryan Callahan took a tripping penalty in the first period and 6:43 into the third period, Brad Richards was called for tripping. It was a penalty that John Tortorella said, on MSG, didn’t need to be taken at that point in the game.
Tortorella said that the same issue, not getting the puck out of the zone, hurt the Rangers on Tuesday like it has many times this season. He noted that the score was 1-1, the Rangers had control of the game and “we take a penalty that we don’t need to take and we don’t get it out. We have two opportunities. End of story.”
Brad Richards said on MSG that he didn’t seem to agree with the call, but understands why it was made, “I’m going down to get the puck, he jumps on me to sell it. The ref has to call it because he sees me on the ice and him going down. I don’t even think he attempts to skate after he saw me dive for the puck.”