by Patrick Hoffman on 11/30/10 at 02:37 PM ET
The scoreboard may have read 3-1 at the sound of the Madison Square Garden buzzer but this was a game in which the New York Rangers could have beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won their seventh straight game last night.
They had a several-minute lapse in the second period that really cost them the game as the Penguins scored two quick goals off the sticks of defenseman Kris Letang and forward Chris Connor. Other than that lapse, however, it was a solid game for the Blueshirts.
Now, I know that you folks probably want me to mention the Sidney Crosby “slue-foot” or however you spell it, but I am not going to talk about that here. It is what it is and it does not even matter as the Rangers probably would have lost with or without it.
What I will talk about is the Rangers missing the net. The team had several scoring chances in the third period and they just could not hit the net for one reason or another. Blueshirts’ forward Alex Frolov is a player that sticks out in my mind when it comes to this as is defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has a great shot but has trouble finding the net with it.
The team did get a good game from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves), who did everything he could to keep his hockey club within striking distance.
The Rangers now have two and a half days to prepare for their game with the New York Islanders on Thursday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. While the Islanders are struggling, they always bring their best game when it comes to playing the Blueshirts at their barn so the team would be wise not to take this game lightly so that they can pick up two points.
Again folks, it’s the inconsistency that drives Rangers’ fans crazy but at least they are competitive and in a playoff spot at this point in this season.
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