They offered a valiant third-period effort, but the New York Rangers lost their fourth consecutive game Tuesday night by dropping a 4-3 contest to the Winnipeg Jets. For a full box score of the game, head over to Yahoo! Sports.
– I warned earlier today on Twitter not to take the Jets lightly, who were coming off a win vs. the Devils and were playing better hockey heading into tonight.
– Aside from a bad second period, the Rangers' effort was better. The third period should be a template for how to play offensively going forward (even though I felt Winnipeg stop competing).
– Ryan Callahan played incredibly. Had another brilliant shot-blocking sequence in the first period and single-handedly tried to will his team back in the second period with a goal.
– Saturday night it looked like Dan Girardi lost his ankle to a PK Subban shot, but doesn't miss a beat. His regenerative skills are remarkable.
– Olli Jokinen: still a Ranger killer.
Keep on reading for my thoughts on Lundqvist's game, my concerns with Gaborik and the important contributions from Stralman and Eminger.
– Not the sharpest night for Henrik Lundqvist, but he's going to have games like that. To say tonight's loss is on him at all is completely outlandish.
– I watch Carl Hagelin fly and use his legs to create havoc, and I wish Marian Gaborik would do the same. I don't see enough urgency to his game.
– Seems like Brian Boyle takes a crippling penalty every game he plays, no?
– Anton Stralman: underrated savoir? Third goal in his last seven games and continues to play a steady, solid defense. With the defense corps taking a hit with injuries at the moment, Stralman becomes that much more important.
– Staying with defense, I came away pleased with Steve Eminger's game. Had an assist and didn't look out of place in 20:33 of ice time. I would give him the nod to play over Bickel once McDonagh, Del Zotto return.
– Just 4:33 for Chris Kreider. If Nash is ready to go Thursday, it's time to send down the rookie and let him play down in the AHL. Does him no good to ride shotgun on the fourth line.
– Some stats: fourth loss in a row (season high). Also, first three-goal game in the last five games. With how tight the East is at the moment, not finding a way to get at least a point out of this game hurts.
– Second game of the four-game home stand continues Thursday vs. Lightning.
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