The New York Rangers (13-8-1) defeated the host Tampa Bay Lightning (10-9-2) by a score of 2-1. The Ranger goals were scored by Fedor Tyutin (3) and Colton Orr (1). Henrik Lunqvist lost his shutout with 16.7 seconds remaining in the game on a goal by Michel Ouellet. The road victory was the Rangers' 5th in a row moving their road record to .500 after starting the season 0-5-1. The Rangers have now won 6 of 7 and 10 of 12. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...obviously, I'll take two points anyway I can get them, but man I am getting sick and tired of this team not scoring. And its not like this team lacks scoring opportunities, they just can't bury the puck. Point blank chances for Hollweg, Drury and Avery just to name a few.
...it has gotten so bad for this offense the only forward to score in the last three games is Colton Orr. Colton Orr!!!
...I'm hoping Jagr is hurt at this point because he seems almost disinterested on the ice. Maybe he never fully healed from the preseason groin injury. If this is the case , sit him down until it heals. We've got enough depth at forward to compensate for what Jagr has been giving us this year.
...Renney deserves all the blame for Lundqvist losing the shutout tonight. Why is Jagr anywhere near the ice at the end of the game? Didn't Renney learn anything from last year's playoffs against Buffalo? I do have to give Renney credit for accepting the blame. Here is his quote after the game...
"If anybody should be disappointed, it should be me," Renney said. "I need to protect Henrik with maybe a little different personnel out there late in the game. I owe him a better coaching effort than that, quite honestly."
...speaking of Henrik, he is playing at a level not seen around here since Richter. Maybe even better.
...a couple of congratulations, first to Colton Orr on his first goal of the season and the other to Ivan Baranka who got his first NHL point assisting on Orr's goal. I didn't even realize Rozsival was hurting.
...speaking of hurting, let's hope Avery is okay after that Shanny slapper to the hand.
...sorry for all the negativity after a win, but this team is the most frustrating first place team ever.