by Patrick Hoffman on 12/12/10 at 02:22 PM ET
With the New York Rangers coming off a very disappointing 3-1 road loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, the team will need to get back up on the horse quickly as they have a tough game tonight at home against the struggling Washington Capitals.
What was disappointing to see was that the Rangers’ had trouble scoring goals against a struggling Steve Mason. Mason had allowed less than two goals three times this season in 17 prior appearances this season.
It was also tough that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed a particularly weak goal when Blue Jackets’ captain Rick Nash scored from below the goal-line and banked in a shot off Lundqvist’s skate and into the net. Up until that point, Lundqvist had been playing extremely well and was giving his team every chance to win a hockey game.
The Blueshirts didn’t stink in the game. They had plenty of chances to put the puck past Mason but unfortunately, were not able to finish, which is obviously important in the National Hockey League.
Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts will take on a Capitals’ team that is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last night. It may be a back-to-back game but you know that the Capitals’ high-octane offense will be ready to go and will be firing the puck from everywhere in hopes that they can score plenty of goals tonight and snap their five-game winning streak.
It will be important for the Rangers to establish their game early on and score the early goal so that they can focus on shutting down the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble, Mike Green, etc.
Hopefully tonight, the Rangers will be able to find their finish and win a hockey game.
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