Henrik Lundqvist, Paul Byron

Flames 4, Rangers 3

The New York Rangers (41-30-4) lost to the Calgary Flames (31-36-7) by the score of 4-3, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…the defense and Lundqvist have been the catalysts for the Rangers five-game winning streak coming into tonight’s game, unfortunately, that all came to a crashing halt as the Blueshirts provided no resistance in front of the crease, while Lundqvist handed the Flames the game with a goal not becoming of a $59.5 million goaltender. 

…disallowed goal and a penalty with two minutes to go down one? Yeah, I’d say Martin St. Louis has hit rock bottom with the Rangers. And while that was absolutely a distinct kicking motion by St. Louis, are the Rangers ever going to get one of those reviews go their way?

…how soft was the Rangers defense tonight? Just check out the replay of Giordano’s goal…

…i thought for sure Talbot would would have a permanent seat on the bench for the remainder of the season, but Hank looks like he might need a rest.

…so I guess that performance in Columbus was a one time thing for Nash.

…i dare someone to tell me Boyle’s soft after tonight’s game.

…you guys know I’m a big Car Bomb fan, but Dorsett again proved he has the superior skill set. I could go without the undisciplined penalty though. 

…one goal in 73 games for Stralman. One goal in four games for Diaz. Just sayin’.

…you’d think Torts was coaching the team again with Miller being stapled to the bench in the third period.

…no idea if the Rangers thought the Flames were just going to wilt after the three goal run, but they took their foot off the gas allowing them back into the game. Lack of killer instinct.

…the power play was keeping the Rangers afloat earlier this season. It’s now become an anchor.

…hate to say it but Zuccarello has been non-existent since returning from broken hand. Can’t imagine it’s not bothering him.

…i know Stepan has resurrected his season post Olympics, but if he wants to justify holding out earlier this season, he needs to bury some of his chances tonight.

…with the Rangers riding high after a tremendous week of comeback victories and rivalry conquests, this game had let down written all over it. And while it’s a terrible loss, the Rangers are still in great position to make the playoffs especially with the Blue Jackets losing tonight. Just have to hope they learned the lesson of underestimating an opponent when they take on the equally underwhelming, but dangerous Oilers team on Sunday in Edmonton.

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