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Once again Coach Tortorella and I are in agreement. The Rangers played well enough to win, they didn’t because of their goaltending. Simply put, Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t good. He was so-so at best, and didn’t give the Rangers a chance to win a very winable game. You saw some good things from a very young Rangers team, including limiting the Devils to a very few quality scoring chances, none of which went in. In fact the only goals scored were all saveable shots. Yes, including the Kovalchuk snipe shot. Henrik committed low WAY too early giving Kovalchuk the entire top of the net to shoot at. This isn’t the minors, NHL shooters can hit that spot if you give it to them.

Henrik has to be better, and we all know he will be. What more is there to say?

Vinny Prospal looked like he never left, showing his usual enthusiasm and his relentless style of play to lead to many of the Rangers quality scoring chances. You can also look at it like the Rangers hit 2 posts and missed 2 WIDE open nets. They should have won even though Henrik was terribad. But they didn’t They will need to be better if they want to salvage what has already been an awful start to the post all-star break stretch run. I would like to see more of a concerted 60 minute effort from the boys in blue, particularly to start the game. We all know they have a knack for coming back when down going into the 3rd, but how about going into the 3rd with a lead every once in a while eh? It’s a hell of a lot easier to try to hold a lead than trying to take back a lead, that’s for damn sure. I wouldnt be surprised if we see Martin Biron in the next game, nor would I be surprised to see the Rangers put through an intense skate tomorrow. They need to show up for games and play the entire 60 minutes, and one way of getting that message through is putting them through the paces.

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