by Patrick Hoffman on 02/04/11 at 02:31 AM ET
Good evening folks. I am sorry to say that because I was playing hockey tonight, I was not able to catch much of the New York Rangers vs, New Jersey Devils game tonight.
With that said, I was disappointed to come home and find out that the Blueshirts lost two valuable points in a 3-2 loss to the team’s Hudson River rivals. Yes, the team is still not fully healthy and yes, the team almost came back from a 3-0 defecit but in the end, it is two points that are out the window.
Every game means something and the Blueshirts do not exactly have a firm hold on a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference. With a big game coming up on Saturday afternoon against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, it would have been better for the team to go into the game on a winning note. Instead, the team goes into it having not won in three games and also having lost to the 14th place team in the Eastern Conference.
Now, that is nothing against the New Jersey Devils. I may have not seen the game but I know that the Devils came into it having played some of their best hockey over an eight or nine game stretch. As such, they probably earned the victory tonight against the Blueshirts.
Since I did not see the game, I want you folks to tell me the following:
- Who played well?
- Who didn’t play well?
- How did Vinny Prospal play?
- What did the team do well?
- What did the team struggle with?
- Not that Blueshirts’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been bad, but should head coach John Tortorella start Martin Biron in Montreal on Saturday afternoon?
Thanks folks! I want to hear your thoughts and rants if you have any!
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