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In an interesting twist of fate, just one day after the Rangers were pretty soundly outplayed by the home team Sabres but escaped with a regulation win, the visiting Red Wings similarly were outplayed by and large by the home team Rangers, but were still able to escape with 2 points.

When breaking down the loss to the Wings you really have to look 2 very separate reasons why we lost. First and foremost, Ryan Callahan, Ales Kotalik, Christopher Higgins, and Sean Avery (twice!) had chances to put this game away. Callahan had a penalty shot, and was thwarted by the Wings goalie, who was superb in net. Higgins had a breakaway, and was similarly stopped by a nice save from Howard. And finally you have Avery twice and Kotalik, each with wide open gaping nets to shoot at, and each missed some way, some how. This was just an incredible game to watch simply from a stand point of, how are the Rangers going to screw up this scoring chance sort of way. I mean, the Rangers should have scored at least 4 goals tonight, NHL players should not miss chances like that unless they have the name Stefan on the back of their jersey, and yet three times tonight the Rangers failed to put the puck home on wide open nets. That is inexcusable.

What is more inexcusable was Henrik Lundqvist giving up that second goal. I don’t care how great Lundqvist was till that point, and yes, he was absolutely spectacular. You can not give up a Charmin soft goal with under 3 minutes remaining. I don’t give a damn how many goals the team has scored for you, in a tight game, you can’t give up that goal. It was a horrendous, back breaking goal to give up, and as soon as it was put in, you could feel the collective groans from all over New York (and Atlanta!) wash over you. The 4 guys above cost the Rangers 1 point, but Henrik Lundqvist cost the Rangers that all important other point, and that is something becoming all too common for Lundqvist. Yesterday he gave up a softie, but it didn’t cost the team a win, tonight, it cost us a point, and with the standings as close as they are, Henrik can not give away points like that.

Most seasons you can just throw that away, Henrik usually steals you 20 times more games than he costs you, but this season it’s definitely been the other way around, where Henriks lackadaisical play in net has cost the Rangers points, and the games where he steals us a game where we didn’t deserve to win are few and far between. I don’t know what’s wrong with Henrik, but right now he is not a top flight goalie, and that scares the crap out of me.


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