So much for the one-bad-game theory.
If there was some faint hope among New York Rangers fans that the 9-2 thrashing administered to their team by Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks was a one-off, it took all of 20 minutes and 17 shots for the Anaheim Ducks to disabuse them of that notion on Thursday night.
The Blueshirts bombed again, this time by a score of 6-0, leaving them with three brutal losses to show for their first four games. They’ve been outscored 20-6, have just three even-strength goals to their credit, and are being outshot by an average of 10 chances per game. They face the prospect of another lopsided match on Saturday against the very dangerous St. Louis Blues, followed by five more games on the road.
It’s early, sure, but not too early to say the Rangers are in trouble. And it’s a good bet the team that started the season with a 4-1 loss in Phoenix won’t be the same one that finally plays its home opener on Oct. 28 against the Canadiens.