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It happens. At least a handful of times a season, you’re going to lose a game you deserved to win. For every goal with 0.01 seconds to go you score to win a game, you’re going to give up a lead off of a crazy bounce and a questionable holding call. It happens. Forget it. Move on.

The Rangers played really well tonight. I totally concur with coach Tortorellas opinion that the Rangers just got an unlucky bounce. You can’t kill the team for that. They played a pretty strong game, they had a lot of chances, they played pretty well defensively, and they played well enough to win. They just…didn’t.

Some of that blame has to fall on the shoulders of Martin Biron. Biron gave up several soft goals. His shootout goal that he gave up, he practically gave the entire bottom half of the net away to Kovalchuk. The fluke goal he didn’t even react to. Let’s not even talk about the shortside goal against Parise where he was off his post and gave up too much net up high to Parise to shoot at from that angle. But, let’s face it. That is Marty Biron. He’s a backup goalie. If he would stop all of those, he would be a starting goalie somewhere else. He stays in the net, he makes most of the saves he should, a few saves he shouldn’t but almost never steals you a game. He keeps his team in it. The Rangers were in it. They were more than in it, they were winning, and a weird bounce happens and they lose. Hey, they still got a point with their backup goalie in net. I can live with that.

Someone, anyone, please shoot me a link to the penalty call on Artem Anisimov. I need to see that again. When I was looking at it live, it really did not look at all like a penalty. It looked like Anisimov was in pretty good position, but never actually held on to the opposing player. He used is body, he tried to reach for the puck, but I don’t recall seeing a hold of any sort. I want to see it again though to be sure.

Luckily the Rangers are right back at it tomorrow night against what I am sure will be a hungry Buffalo team who wants to rebound from their awful first half. Henrik should be in net, and that bodes well for the Rangers.


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