Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3, SO

Bobrovsky, Dubinsky lift Jackets by Rangers in SO

The New York Rangers (21-20-3) lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets (19-20-4) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…wow, what an emotional roller coaster that game was. More swings than me going through withdrawal. While gaining just a point to Columbus can never be construed as a positive, I'm loving the continued resiliency of this team. Could they finally be forming an identity?

…Kreider must have been hanging out with Carcillo at practice today. Brutal call that completely changed momentum of the game. Kreider should not be penalized for being strong.

…if the Rangers could have buried their 5-on-5 chances, they would have run Columbus right out of the building. When they're able to use their speed to maintain puck possession the Rangers can have a very dangerous offense.

…i was all set to give Nash the obligatory "confidence building performance" comment and then the shootout started.

…yes, Talbot is calm in there and is piling up the wins, but he does not see the quality of shots or the quantity of odd man rushes that Hank does. I'm really starting to think the King's teammates don't like him. Having said that, Lundqvist has allowed three or more goals in 10 of his last 11 starts. That's just not going to cut it.

…think Team USA is starting to regret taking Stepan over Dubinsky?

…after losing the first four games of their record nine game homestand in December, the Rangers are 3-1-2 in their last six at MSG. The crowd even sounded semi-loud at the World's Most Overpriced Arena tonight.

…biggest difference between AV regime over Torts' is that special teams are helping the Rangers instead of hurting them.

…can the Rangers buyout Richards tonight?

…anyone changing their opinion in the positive on Boyle yet?

…just nine minutes for D. Moore tonight. I'm pretty sure we're going to see a "Carbomb" in Chicago Wednesday night.

…the Rangers offense has looked pretty potent the last two games, which we should probably get used to since the upcoming schedule includes a number of equally mediocre Eastern Conference teams. The weak Metropolitan Division will keep the Rangers in the hunt for the remainder of the season, making it very unlikely they'll be selling any pieces for a rebuild come trade deadline time.

…step up in competition on Wednesday against the Blackhawks.

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