by Patrick Hoffman on 12/29/11 at 11:33 AM ET
That is exactly what the New York Rangers were last night in their 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
The team was not terrible but they certainly were not great either. This was a game that with better defensive coverage and less turnovers could have easily been a much better game for the Blueshirts.
What was interesting to see was how the Capitals played. Their team certainly played with a lot of energy and may have even looked like the Capitals of old.
With that said, the chances were there for the Rangers’ taking. There were plenty of juicy rebounds left by Capital’s netminder Tomas Vokoun but the Blueshirts failed to cash in on them.
What surprised probably many Ranger fans was the decision for Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella to start back-up goaltender Martin Biron. The only thing that should have been surprising about this was that Henrik Lundqvist defeated the Capitals the last time the two teams met and NOT the fact that Biron played.
Biron has been terrific this season for the team and did not play too badly last night for his hockey club. With two difficult games coming up against the Florida Panthers (Tomorrow night) and Philadelphia Flyers (Monday, January 2…2012 Winter Classic), it made sense for Tortorella to rest Lundqvist and give Biron a chance to play.
With the loss, the Rangers now find themselves in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 22-9-4 record. The Boston Bruins were able to take over first place last night with a 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes and are now ahead by one point.
The team will be back in action tomorrow night to take on the Panthers. Hopefully, the team will be able to pick-up the all-important two points and get back in the win column.
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