The New York Rangers (18-19-2) lost to the Washington Capitals (20-14-4) by the score of 3-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
Before I get to the game recap, in response to the Anton Stralman injury the Rangers have recalled Conor Allen from Hartford.
…as opposed to previous losses this season, I felt the Rangers competed and were a hard team to play tonight. They dominated 5-on-5, however, that all gets undermined when you play undisciplined against a team as skilled as the Capitals. Also doesn't help when your goaltender can't make a routine save.
…it's been all roses for Talbot this season, but if he wants to seriously compete with Lundqvist for starts he has to make that save on Fehr.
…Nash is completely lost out there. I'm not sure if his head still isn't right from the concussion or he's another in a long line of high price talent who melt under the bright lights of Broadway, but I think AV needs to challenge Nash by making him a healthy scratch. It worked for Zuccarello and Pouliot.
…speaking of Pouliot (yes, he deserves to be called by his real name), points in seven straight games and eight of his last ten. Didn't see that one coming.
…raise your hand if you had Hagelin tied for the team lead in goals through 39 games when the season started. Although, it isn't saying much considering he's only scored nine goals.
…hope the Stralman injury, if serious, doesn't force the Rangers to bring Staal back before he's ready. Assuming Allen's play will likely be a factor in that decision.
…what a pass by McDonagh on the Hagelin goal. Almost enough to make up for the gaffe he made at the blueline that led to Backstom's goal. Although, if Del Zotto doesn't make a perfect outlet pass to the Capitals' Oleksy that play never happens.
…tough season continues for Girardi as even when he has a solid game defensively, he pings one off the pipe and then sees Washington go right down the other end and score the winner.
…still waiting for that guy who thought he was good enough to hold out to be an impact player this season.
…despite the tough loss, I think there's more positives to take out of this game than negatives. Yes, the Rangers still aren't scoring, but a week ago, we were complaining that the team lacked fight as well as an identity. Now, we're definitely starting to see a team full of resiliency that continues to compete when they're down. Sure, it hasn't translated into a long winning streak yet, but all signs point to a team finally starting to turn a corner. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.
…off tomorrow, then a game in sunny Tampa on Sunday.
Post game talk…