by Patrick Hoffman on 03/12/13 at 09:44 PM ET
After playing a perfect road game in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon, the New York Rangers went out a dropped a 3-1 tilt to the Buffalo Sabres tonight in Buffalo.
The Blueshirts took a lot of penalties, could not cash in on the power play when given a gold opportunity to do so and could not find a way consistently to put the puck past Sabres' netminder Jhonas Enroth. Put these three things together and more often than not, the Rangers will be on the losing end of a the hockey game.
Staying out of the penalty box seemed to be a tough thing for the Rangers to do tonight. The team took four penalties in the second period alone and when a team is shorthaned that much, it usually does not need to productive or winning hockey.
Despite making 32 saves, the Rangers made Enroth look like Patrick Roy. For Enroth, this was his first win since 2011 and the Blueshirts made sure to put plenty of pucks at his chest or in other areas that were easy for Enroth to control the puck.
Lastly, the Sabres were able to shut down Rangers' forward Rick Nash and his 10-game point streak. Not only did Nash not score a point in this game, but he was also a -2.
If the Winnipeg Jets manage to hang on and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, they will be tied with the Rangers for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with 28 points. The Rangers will take on these same Jets on Thursday night in Winnipeg.
With every game becoming increasingly important and the number of games diminishing, the Blueshirts better go back to the drawing board and fix things quick. The only thing that matters right now is getting two points on a consistent basis and unfortunately for the Rangers, the team has lost two of their last three games.
Thursday night in Winnipeg will be a good opportunity for the Blueshirts to get back on track.
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