Semyon Varlamov was good. Really good. Like about as good Henrik Lundqvist has been at any time this season good. That’s 2 straight games the Rangers have ran into red-hot goaltending and it cost them some points. Tonight in particular the Rangers outplayed the Avalanche by a considerable margin, only to wind up on the wrong score of the final score of the game. The Rangers now know what it’s like for most teams to face Henrik Lundqvist on a night in and night out basis.
You know what guys, it happens. It’s going to happen to every team. This was a game the Rangers should have won. They deserved to win. They didn’t just play well, they played the right way. The worked hard, they generated a ton of scoring chances, and they defended extremely well. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t to blame, both of the goals scored on him were the result of good plays by Colorado. They got timely scoring, spectacular goaltending, and they won. That’s how the Rangers made the playoffs LAST season. It’s a formula that can work in short bursts, but in the long run, it’s rare that a team can weather that kind of storm for long periods of time. The Rangers just were in that zone where nothing would go in for them. They outshot, outchanced, out hit, out everythinged the Avs. Don’t be angry with this loss, be happy with it. 49 times out of 50 the Rangers get 2 points out of this game. 99 times out of 100 they get at least a point in it. Tonight, zip. Within the context of where the Rangers are right now, it’s a devastating loss, but when you look at it by itself, it’s really not a big deal. I know nobody wants to hear that, but that’s just the cold hard truth. If the Rangers are playing the right way, and tonight they really did, then they win a lot more games than they lose. Tonight, just wasn’t their night.