Lightning 2, Rangers 1

Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal by Victor Hedman as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in New York

The New York Rangers (24-21-3) lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning (28-15-4) by the score of 2-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…listen, I'm never happy when the Rangers lose, but overall I can't kill them for the effort tonight. They generated offense, caused turnovers and played a physical game. Unfortunately, sometimes you run into a goaltender who has your number in the midst of a Vezina Trophy caliber season.

…now having said that, I felt like their battle level wasn't as high as we've seen the last 10 games. Which is unacceptable considering they were facing a team playing the second game of a back-to-back. Tonight was one of those nights that the top players needed to find a way to find the back of the net and they didn't.

…and we have a late Oscars entry for best male actor: Ben Bishop. Completely changed the outcome of the game.

…have I mentioned that Del Zotto's problems are mental? Didn't look very comfortable on the left side on that second goal.

…reports were that AV was irate after that second goal. Wonder if it was due to the defensive breakdown or he ran out of gum.

…i could have sworn Stepan ended his holdout. (H/T reader JPG)

…i thought the fourth line was real good tonight, not sure why none of them saw more than nine minutes. Could have used a couple of extra "car bombs" out there.

…i tell you what, if Richards keeps this up, I might actually feel bad when he's bought out this offseason. Actually, no I won't.

…god, I love that set play for Kreider off the left wing boards. Speaking of Kreider, kudos to him for being the only Ranger who tried to get Bishop off his game by chopping down on his glove hand in the second period. Would have liked to see Carcillo jawing with the Lightning goaltender a bit.

…a month ago, I would have thought Stralman was a shoo-in to be re-signed this offseason. Not so sure anymore.

…vintage Girardi/McDonagh as they combined for 50 minutes of ice time and nine blocked shots. Girardi is making Rangers management's decision to either trade or re-sign him very difficult.

…Nash wasn't aggressive going to the net and he didn't generate offense. Funny how that happens.

…god damn power play not able to convert in a big spot!!!! Can you say officially spoiled?

…despite not having their 'A' game tonight, the Rangers would have run the current third seed in the Eastern Conference out of the building without Bishop's heroics. Which is further proof that the Rangers are just as good, if not better than, every team in the East not named Penguins or Bruins. If they can add a scorer at the deadline, this team could be dangerous.

…off tomorrow then Detroit in town Thursday night.

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Lightning 2, Rangers 1

The New York Rangers (33-27-4) lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-7) by the score of 2-1, this afternoon. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.

…i know the officiating was brutal but you’ve got to stay out of the box when you’re playing against a team with that fire power. And how about being ready to play for an afternoon game. Tampa was.

…o-for-4 on the power play. This McCabe guy sucks. ;) Actually despite the O’fer, I really liked what he brought. Nice to have a bomb back there for once.

…can someone remind me to get that Prust jersey? Man I love that guy.

…in a game where the Rangers desperately needed a spark how does Avery only get four minutes of ice time?

…you would think with the Rangers finally dominating in the face-off circle (65%) they would have more opportunities to score.

…you know your offense is struggling when you create more scoring chances on the penalty kill than at even strength.

…hate to criticize Hank when he only gives up two goals but he’s got to have that first one.

…you know what this team needs? Brad Richards. Still not sure I want them to empty their coffers for him though.

…and the enigmatic EC strikes again. After one of his best games as a Ranger, no shots on goal this afternoon.

…i know the second one was borderline at best, but Dubi’s got to cut down on the stupid penalties.

…huge game on Tuesday with the hard charging Sabres in town. Will Richards be as well?

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Lightning 2, Rangers 1

nyrtbloss
The New York Rangers (33-27-4) lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-7) by the score of 2-1, this afternoon. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.

…i know the officiating was brutal but you’ve got to stay out of the box when you’re playing against a team with that fire power. And how about being ready to play for an afternoon game. Tampa was.

…o-for-4 on the power play. This McCabe guy sucks. ;) Actually despite the O’fer, I really liked what he brought. Nice to have a bomb back there for once.

…can someone remind me to get that Prust jersey? Man I love that guy.

…in a game where the Rangers desperately needed a spark how does Avery only get four minutes of ice time?

…you would think with the Rangers finally dominating in the face-off circle (65%) they would have more opportunities to score.

…you know your offense is struggling when you create more scoring chances on the penalty kill than at even strength.

…hate to criticize Hank when he only gives up two goals but he’s got to have that first one.

…you know what this team needs? Brad Richards. Still not sure I want them to empty their coffers for him though.

…and the enigmatic EC strikes again. After one of his best games as a Ranger, no shots on goal this afternoon.

…i know the second one was borderline at best, but Dubi’s got to cut down on the stupid penalties.

…huge game on Tuesday with the hard charging Sabres in town. Will Richards be as well?

Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

Kevin

About Kevin

If you have any questions e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

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