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I know everyone first instinct tonight is to blame the refs. Yes, they made some truly awful calls, however they also missed a few calls on the Rangers that were obvious, including a high stick by McDonagh and a high stick by (I believe) Stepan on St. Louis. Yes, the refs called a terrible game, but the Rangers lost this one. They lost it when they didn’t muster anything on their power play. They lost it when they came out to start the game without playing a physical game instead they tried to play a cerebral game. They were solid positionally, but this team needs to finish their checks, that’s what gets em going.

You also have to give a ton of credit to the Lightning, their defensive zone coverage was outstanding, and they worked just as hard as the Rangers which is why they took the 2 points. When the Rangers can’t outwork the opposition, they don’t have the talent to win. I’ve said it a bunch of times before, and I will keep saying it until this team gets some more hard working talented players on their roster.

Rangers also had some bad luck on their side, hitting a post, and somehow having St. Louis sneaking a weird angle shot in. Henrik usually stops that, and the Dubi shot should have gone in. But, them’s the breaks as they say.

Sorry for the quick wrap, got a hockey game of my own shortly, wish me luck!

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