by Patrick Hoffman on 02/01/12 at 12:02 PM ET
Looking back at last night’s tilt between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, it was a game that the Rangers should have come away with two points.
The Blueshirts had three 1-goal leads that they let slip away in a 4-3 shootout loss at the Prudential Center. While these things happen in hockey, they are things that could have been prevented with better defensive coverage in the Rangers’ zone.
On both the Devils’ second goal and tying goal in the game, the Rangers appeared to be lost in their own zone. It should also be noted that Devils’ sniper Ilya Kovalchuk should never be given that much room in the offensive zone.
With that said, it was not a terrible game for the Blueshirts. They showed some offense and with better defensive coverage in their own zone in the third period, could have easily come away with their third straight victory.
With the exception of may be the first Devils’ goal, Rangers’ back-up netminder Martin Biron was solid for his hockey club. He made 26 saves and almost ended up outdueling Devils’ future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur.
The Blueshirts will be back in action tonight in Buffalo to take on the Buffalo Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres are coming off a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens last night so this will be a back-to-back situation for both clubs.
Hopefully, the Rangers will not let another win slip away.
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