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Rangers plagued by questionable decisions, lack of accountability in opening loss – The Athletic

Sssssssssssss.

That’s the sound of a tire going flat. Or four tires.

Like those on which the Rangers rode into the new season.

After a pretty good first 30 minutes, the rest of the game was a miserable disappointment. The Rangers limped out of D.C. having been handed a 5-1 opening-night loss by the Capitals.

Well, at least they got their pound of flesh from Tom Wilson.

Oh, wait. No, they didn’t. Ryan Reaves had one shift on the ice with Wilson, the George Parros-approved double-assaulter who ran amok last May. Jarred Tinordi, who replaced the smooth rookie Nils Lundkvist on Wednesday, ostensibly to keep Wilson in line (wink, wink). Well, he was awful, and that’s a terrible decision by Gerard Gallant in his Rangers debut.

Gallant also made a curious decision — and feel free to call this one terrible, too — to start Alexandar Georgiev in goal. What? The way I’ve come to understand it since, like, the ’70s, the No. 1 goalie starts on opening night. Maybe, because of the rough stuff that was anticipated but never came close to happening, Gallant saw the security camera video of Georgiev versus Tony DeAngelo from last season.

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