by Patrick Hoffman on 01/31/10 at 01:43 AM ET
As it turns out, the New York Rangers got themselves back in the hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes in a 3-2 loss.
The Blueshirts actually came within an inch of tying the game when Marian Gaborik hit the post with 1:25 to go in the hockey game but unfortunately, after a great third period, the Rangers came away with their fifth straight loss.
In my last blog about the team, I mentioned a lot of negatives. Now, I’d like to mention a few positives:
- The team didn’t exactly quit and played hard for the last 40 minutes
- Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal of the season; the first 30-goal scorer for the Blueshirts since Jaromir Jagr did it back during the 2006-07 season.
- After a shaky first period, Rangers’ starting goaltender Chad Johnson (Henrik Lundqvist was out with the flu) settled down and played well in making 21 saves. With the way Lundqvist looked on the bench, don’t be surprised if Johnson gets the start against the Colorado Avalanche Kings tomorrow night in Denver.
- The third period is one that the Blueshirts should use in the first period tomorrow night against the Avs. This team needs to have better starts if they want to win hockey games.
Despite several positives though, it is another loss for the Blueshirts as the team starts the three-game trip 0-1. Will they even it up tomorrow night in Colorado?
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