by Patrick Hoffman on 02/02/11 at 11:40 AM ET
That would be the phrase to describe the play of the New York Rangers last night in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
The team got off to a great start and was up 2-0 in the second period on goals by Brandon Prust and Artem Anisimov. However, the Penguins scored three goals to take the lead before Ryan Callahan tied it up with a power play goal on Jordan Staal’s five minute penalty (he got tossed from the game).
This was a game that the Blueshirts should have been able to pick up two points but instead, come away with one. They had trouble finishing both in the third period and in the shootout and ultimately, that is what did them in as they had numerous chances to get the game winning goal.
With that said, there were some positives in the game. For starters, it was great to have Callahan (1 goal) and Brandon Dubinsky (1 assist) back in the lineup. These are two of the hardest working Blueshirts and it showed last night as they generated several scoring opportunities. Callahan definitely showed some rust but since he had not played for over a month, it is excusable.
The play of Prust was also a positive for the Blueshirts. He picked up his eighth goal of the season, had an assist and was the one who helped the Rangers get a five minute power play in the second period when he was punched by Staal.
As for the punch by Staal, it was definitely not needed but at the same time, I am not sure if it merited being tossed from the game. That’s just my opinion.
The Blueshirts will be back at it tomorrow night at the Garden to take on the streaking New Jersey Devils, who beat the Ottawa Senators last night at home by a score of 2-1.
Hopefully, Dubinsky and Callahan will be able to shake off the cobwebs and get back to producing like they were prior to their respective injuries.
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