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The Rangers were not very good today. No, they played one of their worse games during this horrific stretch that they’ve played. However, they were lucky. The Penguins were a complete mess icing a roster where over half the players sported names I didn’t even recognize. This is the only reason the Rangers walked out of Madison Square Garden with 2 points.

Sure, the power play clicked, but how many opportunities did they give the Penguins? Would the Rangers have escaped this game with a win if the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, etc? I highly doubt it. No, this was a very lucky game, this was a game where Henrik Lundqvist was awful, where Marian Gaborik continued to play like a man who doesn’t believe he will ever score another goal, and where Marc Staal looked tired (despite playing well). The Rangers got some lucky bounces, some lucky tips, and they walked out of MSG against the Penguins minor league team with only a 2 goal win. This was not a turning point game. This is simply a continuation of what we’ve seen for a while, and until this team starts playing with the fearlessness, and (for lack of a better word) jam that they had earlier in the season, they will continue to lose games.

I hate to be so negative when the Rangers just picked up some much needed ground against the Thrashers, a game where the Rangers beat a much hated division rival, a game where the Rangers stopped a prolonged losing streak, but I stand by my philosophy. It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. Over the course of 82 games, if you play well, you will be rewarded with a playoff spot. The Rangers are not playing well right now, and I am very fearful that this may be the start of a plunge out of the playoff picture.

We will see.


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