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The Rangers have stolen a lot of points this season thanks to the shootout. Tonight, they couldn’t make it happen. However, it’s not as though the Rangers played a good game. Quite the contrary, they played a severely depleted Pittsburgh team that lost 2 players mid game, and still couldn’t pick up the W. Give credit to the Penguins, they won playing the way the Rangers have won through their injuries, but it isn’t enough to win those games, the Rangers now have to find a way to win these games by playing the same way they did back then, with their more skilled players back in the lineup. There is no excuse whatsoever for the Rangers not coming up with 2 points tonight. NONE.

I’m not mad at the team, but I am very disappointed. I felt they didn’t crash the net with any degree of consistency, sometimes doing it for several shifts in a row, and then inexplicably not doing it at all for half a period. Also Henrik Lundqvist gave up an unbelievably soft rebound goal to Rupp I believe when he had an easy save flub out to the slot for an easy tap in for the Penguins forward. Not a good goal to give up, especially when that really ended up being the difference in the game. The shootout is a crapshoot, the Rangers needed to win this one in regulation.

Give high marks to Wojtek Wolski though. Since the Rangers have acquired him it’s hard not to be happy with the kids play. He’s consistently around the puck, never seems to float like the Coyotes and Avalanche fans said he did, and he picks up points with regularity, and they aren’t lucky points either.

On the flip side Drury continues to be a huge gaping black hole of nothing when it comes to the scoresheet. He’s not playing awful, but he’s not helping either, and this is a case of not getting enough from the Captain rather than him doing the wrong thing. 7 million bucks for a 4th line penalty killer? Yuck.


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