Monday, February 23, 2015

Rangers Puck One Out

The coach says never critique a win. So here we go, sorry coach. The Rangers blew another lead, 3-0, and almost blew the game. Cam Talbot saved the game in the shootout when he poked the puck away from Atkinson, who was trying to tie the shoot out. But, Talbot caused the game to go into OT when he blew a slap shot from David Savard at 15:41 of the third period.

The Rangers powered by two goals from St. Louis jumped to a 3-0 lead at 1:24 of the second. But less than a minute later the Blue Jackets scored and it was helter skelter the rest of the game. The Rangers out shot Columbus 37-30, but were out played by their inferior opponents. Columbus sits in 7th place in the Metro with 56 points. The Rangers have 78 points. Brandon Dubinsky enjoyed his return belting his exes at will. He lead his team with four hits.

The Rangers are now in sole possession of 2nd place in the Metro, two points behind the Islanders  with three games in hand. They are three points behind Eastern Conference leader Montreal and the Rangers have a game in hand. Next up for the Rangers are the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Flames are 4th in the Pacific with 68 points.

The Rangers are 7-1-2 since Lundqvist went down, but not all the games have been pretty. Sixteen points out of twenty is great, but the Rangers must tighten it up a bit. There are twenty four games to go. The goals are high. The rewards great. Let's tighten up and continue to move up.

But the coach is right. Never critique a win.



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