Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sour Note In Music City

It was game two in LWL (life without Lundqvist) and if that wasn't bad enough Derek Stepan was out with the flu. Oh yes, Jesper Fast sprained his knee and left the game with 12:47 left in the second period. Except for the usual brain dead defense lapse, the Rangers played okay and might have won. But no dice and don't expect any Grammy's tonight.

The brain dead lapse was a 41 second killer in the second period when two slap shots from Roman Josi and Shea Weber  gave the Preds a 2-1 lead. Remember the Bruins scored two in 1;41 the last game against the Rangers where our guys prevailed 3-2. No such luck this time. Mike Ribeiro got the game winner for the Peds, who are a point behind Anaheim in the Western Conference.

The Rangers have to come up with a way to stop these lapses. Hopefully Derek Stepan will be back today against the Dallas Stars, who beat us 3-2 in Dallas. Dallas is five points behind 8th place Vancouver. The Rangers out shot the Preds 32-23 and Nash scored his 33rd. McDonagh's 4th tied the game early in the third but Ribeiro won it for the Peds. Nash's goal was a power play goal and the Rangers were 1-2 on the PP. The Preds were 0-1 on the power play in a game that was basically five on five. Unfortunately for the Rangers the loss of top playmaker Stepan was too much.

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