by Patrick Hoffman on 01/26/11 at 11:43 AM ET
It certainly was not their best game of the season but it wasn’t exactly their worst as the New York Rangers fell to the Florida Panthers by a score of 4-3.
The Panthers got the game-winner when Panthers’ Mike Weaver took shot from the point that was going wide and instead, it ended up hitting Rangers’ forward Artem Anisimov’s shoulder and popped up in the air and landed behind Lundqvist to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead and ultimately, the victory.
While that was a negative for the Blueshirts, there were also several positives. Down 3-1 going into the third period, the Rangers’ battled back on goals by Brandon Prust and Dan Boyle to tie the game. For Boyle, it was his team leading 18th goal of the season, a number that I don’t think anyone expected him to have heading into the season.
Another positive for the Rangers was the play of Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello picked up three assists. Zuccarello knows how to set-up his teammates, knows how to get to loose pucks and knows how to use his speed to create scoring opportunities, all skills that will allow him to have success in the NHL.
Believe it or not, defenseman Michael Del Zotto also played a better game than he did on Monday night against the Washington Capitals. He blocked a few shots, broke up several plays and did not find himself out of position too often.
Luckily, this team gets a much needed break and do not play again until Tuesday, February 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison square Garden. It will be a big game, which is why the team needs this week to rest and get healthy so that when they return, they can begin their push towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rangers’ fans should be proud of this team and all they have accomplished up to this point. This is a special group and if they get into the playoffs, who knows what else they can accomplish.
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