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I love watching Torts’ post game press conferences. Really I record the Rangers post game show only for that. He’s always full of insight and humor even when he’s being totally dead on serious. Tonight the word that Torts stuck to was ballsy, and I agree.

It was a night where the Rangers didn’t get their best goaltending performance. Where their power play let em down. Where they took stupid needless penalties. And yet, despite all this, they managed to pull out 2 huge points. Once again though, they did not play the same type of game we were seeing earlier in the season, but they did manage to win against a red hot team (thanks in large part to the gimmicky shootout and the Kings playing their backup goalie).

On Henrik, tonight it wasn’t about the saves he made. Because he did have quite a few spectacular saves, most notably absolutely robbing Kopitar on a tap in goal. It was about the goals he let in. Let’s for a second forget about the goal that Brown banked in off of his back because he wasn’t hugging the post. The goal he gave up to Brown earlier in the game was a shot that NEVER beats Henrik when he is on his game. And the long shot from the point? Henrik stops those all day long. No, Henrik again had some mental lapses and it cost the team a regulation win. If you’ve read this blog for any stretch of time you know I think Henrik Lundqvist is one of, if not the best goalie in the league, but you gotta call a spade a spade, Henrik needs to be better. He needs to be a lock down brick wall back there if the Rangers are to do anything come playoff time (which I doubt they will).

Best player on the ice for either team, in my opinion, was Rangers All-Star Marc Staal. Wow what a game for number 18. He just did everything flawlessly, and despite the ugly looking plus minus, I feel he’s one of the biggest reasons the Rangers were able to steal 2 points tonight.

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