Despite last night’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, Rangers coach John Tortorella was generally pleased with the way his team played.
“I thought we generated offense,” said Tortorella on Friday after practice, per the Daily News. “You know, we don’t score on our breakaway when it’s 1-0; they score on their breakaway.
“There’s a fine line (between) winning and losing. So we’ve just got to get prepared for our next game. There’s a couple of things we need to correct, but we’ll be ready to play.”
This is the breakaway — by Carl Hagelin — on which the Rangers failed to score:
This is the one — by Marcus Johansson — that the Capitals capitalized on:
The Rangers ended up outshooting the Capitals, 36-31, but could only get one shot past Braden Holtby, who outplayed last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Henrik Lundqvist.
Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon in Washington.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.
Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.
Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.
The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.
Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.