by Patrick Hoffman on 12/06/11 at 02:40 AM ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs were able to do that to the New York Rangers tonight when they picked up their second regulation win at Madison Square Garden by a score of 4-2.
The Rangers certainly did not play poorly in this game. They were able to generate several good scoring chances (32 shots on goal), found a way to make the game interesting by trying to come back from 3-0 to make it 3-2 on goals by Artem Anisinov and Marian Gaborik, and was a game that they probably could have won had some bounces gone their way.
With that said, it certainly was not pretty for the Blueshirts either. The team hung its goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves on 29 shots), out to dry on two of the goals and screened him on the other, and also took some needless penalties.
It is also apparent that Sean Avery’s ice time continues to decrease as each game goes by. Tonight, Avery had 7:32 of ice time and despite not getting a lot of ice, was still able to put three shots on goal. Not sure what team head coach John Tortorella wants him to do so it will be interesting to see how this continues to play out as each game comes and goes.
The loss on home ice was a rare one for the Blueshirts. The team is now 7-2-1 at the Garden, with both of those regualtion losses coming to the Leafs and the shootout loss coming to the Ottawa Senators back in late October.
With that said, the team still has a terrific record at 15-6-3 and is fourth in the Eastern Conference and sixth in the entire National Hockey League. Certainly not bad, eh?
The Rangers will be back in action on Thursday night to take on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, a team they beat on Saturday by a score of 4-2.
Hopefully, the Rangers will get back on the winning track and continue to pick up value points in both the Eastern Conference and NHL standings.
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