by Patrick Hoffman on 02/27/09 at 02:30 PM ET
Much like the team did on Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers dominated the first two periods of their game against the Florida Panthers and still managed to find a way to lose 2-1 in regulation.
The Blueshirts outshot the Cats’ 41-22 and yet, only got one past Panthers’ netminder Craig Anderson. Though, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal waved off early in the first period and after reviewing the play over and over, it’s clear that Dubinsky’s stick was below the crossbar so once again, the Blueshirts caught a tough break.
It really is amazing how this team can’t score. Last night, they had trouble lifting the puck, they missed open notes, they shot right into Anderson, etc. They did all the things that’s been killing them this season and got a typical Blueshirt result over the past couple of months: a loss.
Tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, the team takes on the Colorado Avalanche, who are last in the Western Conference. What does this mean for the Rangers? Well, for one thing, it could mean a very disappointing game for the Garden fans.
Expect the Rangers to come out shooting and dominating like they have in the past two games. However, may be this time, they’ll actually be able to put the puck in the net because right now, the team really needs to start winning some games. They are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes one point behind.
Hopefully, tomorrow night will be the night that Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella picks up his first win since being given the position this past Monday.
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