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Blues 5, Rangers 3

The New York Rangers (1-4-0) lost to the St. Louis Blues (4-0-0) by the score of 5-3, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…i guess the effort was better tonight, but that's easy to say when the Rangers were outscored 15-2 the last two games. Still seeing way too many defensive breakdowns and not enough 5-on-5 offensive pressure. And don't get me started on the undisciplined penalties tonight.

…nevermind, get me started. Not sure how Dorsett can still be on the roster when the team plane lands in New York tonight. Every time the Rangers creeped back into the game, they were undone by Dorsett's stupidity. I remember hearing about how Rangers fans were going to fall in love with Dorsett when he was finally healthy. Yeah, not so much. Can you say Ryan Hollweg redux. Time for Mashinter to replace him.

…speaking of being replaced. After being pulled in the game tonight, you have to wonder if Biron will be pulled from the roster soon as well. With the way the Rangers were playing into the second period they had a legit chance of stealing this game but Biron's inability to make even a routine save destroyed any hope they might have had. Cam Talbot was named first star of Wolf Pack win tonight. Just sayin'.

…loved the captain's effort tonight as he tried to will the team to victory.

…i tell you what, I'm not sure the Rangers are paying Richards enough money or have him signed for enough years.

…maybe Stepan can give him some of his new contract, because right now he's not earning it. Looking more and more like what happened to Dubinsky after he held out.

…thought the Rangers finally started to show some balls in the first period as they initiated numerous post whistle scrums, but as their game began to decline so did their nerve.

…so seriously, what's happened to the Rangers defense? They have easily been a top five unit in the league the last few years and now they can't even pick up a man going to the net. Amazing how completely lost they are with the basics of defending.

…biggest offender tonight was Staal, who lost his man on the first goal, then had terrible communication with Fast on Backes second goal. After an amazing preseason and opening night, I thought Staal was back and then some, but since the LA game he's played like a guy with a severe eye injury (-7 in those three games).

…i was going to say replace Del Zotto with Falk, but that's not an upgrade at all. Allen?

…saw a little bit of that awesome playmaking ability from Brassard tonight, but he's looking to pass way too much.

…did the Rangers leave Zuccarello in Anaheim?

…hey, at least it looked like Lundqvist found his game tonight.

…maybe if more players participated in this morning's optional…ok, I won't go there.

…Pouliot with a great move and can't finish? Shocking.

…biggest positive to take away from tonight was the power play. I never once saw it look as good as it was tonight under Torts. With the Rangers lack of even strength offense, the extra man may have to carry them for awhile. Especially if Nash is going to be out for an extended period of time.

…zero blocked shots for McDonagh. ZERO?!?!?!

…with winnable games against the Capitals, Devils and Flyers on the horizon, I'm not ready for Sather to make a panic move (mass recalls or trade) just yet, despite the team's horrid play.

…plenty of time to sleep in their own beds and work out the kinks at their own practice facility as the Blueshirts won't play again until Wednesday in our nation's capital. Unless of course the game is canceled due to the government shutdown.

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