Rangers 1 - Ottawa 2
The Rangers got off to a good start night at MSG with Brandon Dubinsky snapping a 24 game goalless streak. The goal came after Senators' goal Alex Auld misplayed the puck behind the net and Ryan Callahan was able to center the puck for Dubinsky to basically score into an empty net (he was being checked at the time). That was the only mistake of the game that Auld made that would cost him or the Senators anything.
There were some good efforts for the Rangers but for the most part they looked like a team that was tired, after having played on Saturday night. They better get some rest as the Wild come to New York on Tuesday and I still think that the Rangers need four points from this three game homestand, having won on Saturday and lost Sunday, they need the two points against Minnesota.
A tired defensive core was forced to play even more minutes than usual because they played most of the game with only five defensemen. Michal Rozsival left the game early in the second period last night with what looked like some type of leg injury when he was hit along the boards in the neutral zone. According to Ranger Rants Rozsival will have an MRI done today to determine the seriousness of the injury and the Rangers may have to make a call up from Hartford for a replacement. [Link]
I thought that Nik Antropov was the best New York Rangers forward last night. As for Sean Avery, he had a few good shifts at the end of the game last night but I think it was by far his worst game since coming back to New York at the deadline. Several times in the game he skated with the puck (which he usually does effectively) but just ended up turning it over. Also, I've noticed him doing it before, but even more so last night, standing still in the defensive zone while Senators out hustle him for the puck. I'm a big Avery fan, but his coverage in his own zone is pretty poor in my opinion. As for Captain Invisible (Drury), it was another night where he was on the ice for a significant chunk of ice time, but only that you saw his name on the official roster, you wouldn't have known it.
With a win last night the Rangers had a chance to move into 5th place in the East, as of now, they still sit in 7th.
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