by Patrick Hoffman on 02/05/11 at 06:49 PM ET
This afternoon’s game between the New York Rangers and Montreal was the perfect example of one team doing almost everything right except winning.
Unfortunately, this description fits the New York Rangers as they lost to the Canadiens this afternoon by a score of 2-0 at the Bell Centre, the third time the Rangers’ have been shutout this season. It was a game in which the Blueshirts were given every opportunity to win a hockey game and pick up two crucial points but they just were not able to finish their chances, something that has been a growing concern over the last four games.
The Rangers got an excellent performance from Martin Biron, who made 27 saves in a losing effort. At the other end, Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price was terrific in making 35 saves for his fifth shutout the season. Price was especially good in the third period when the Blueshirts were pressing for the equalizer.
The back breaker in this game was a late second period goal by former Ranger Scott Gomez. Gomez took an errant shot from the point off the backboards and roofed a shot under the crossbar for a 1-0 Canadiens’ lead. Late in the third with the goaltender pulled, Tomas Plekanec would add an empter netter to seal the Rangers’ fate.
The power play also hurt the Rangers this afternoon. They had four opportunities and were only able to generate 1 shot. This is something that the team really needs to work on as it could have come in handy in a low-scoring game such as this one.
The loss moves the Rangers’ winless streak to four games. This is not how you want to do in February as the games become increasingly more important and wins are harder to come by.
The team will have to get it together before they face the high-octane offensive hockey team that is the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
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