by Patrick Hoffman on 03/31/11 at 10:40 AM ET
These are the perfect words to describe the play of the New York Rangers in their 1-0 shutout loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night.
The Blueshirts had trouble generating any consistent offense, did not throw enough pucks on Sabres, netminder Jhonas Enroth, who was making the start in place of Ryan Miller, who had an upper buddy injury. Enroth made 23 saves in picking up his first career NHL shutout, and an important one at that.
With the loss, the Rangers dropped down to the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference while the Buffalo Sabres moved up to the seventh spot. The Hurricanes, currently ninth in the Conference, are just three points behind the Blueshirts, who are back in action tonight on Long Island for a tilt against the New York Islanders.
One player who did show up for the Blueshirts was Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist made 34 saves and gave everyone a scare late in the second period when he took a puck off the right knee. He would not comment on it too much after the game only to say that he wants to be ready for tomorrow night.
The Rangers cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal now as they play tonight and then again on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. Both will be tough games and not a guaranteed four points for the Blueshirts.
Let’s hope they’ll forget about this game quickly and come out with a much better effort and a much needed two points with a victory over the Islanders this evening.
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