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Where’s The D?

In a surprising turn of events last night, the New York Rangers finally lost to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 8-5.

Yes folks, you read that right: the Blueshirts allowed eight goals to the Devils.

For the past few weeks, the Rangers have struggled to keep the puck out of the net. On Thursday December 4, they allowed six goals in a 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Last Sunday night against the Calgary Flames, they allowed three goals in a 3-0 loss and obviously, last night wasn’t so pretty.

Yes, it’s easy to look at some of the positives the team had last night:

- They rallied from being down 5-1 to tie up the game
- Nikolai Zherdev had four points (1 goal, 3 assists)
- Scott Gomez had three points (1 goal, 2 assists)
- Markus Naslund had another strong game (1 goal, 1 assist)

However the defensive lapses are glaring as the team, more often than not, is leaving their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. Lundqvist’s stats are certainly showing it as he now has a 2.57 goals against average and a .912 save percentage, stats that he’s not used to having.

Against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Madison square Garden, the Rangers should look to get back to playing tighter defensive hockey without sacrificing their offense. It can be done and now, head coach Tom Renney just needs to figure out how to do it.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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