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The Rangers can talk about the chances and how close they came both at the end of the first and the end of the game, but the reality is this team has blown five prime points in their last three games by getting complacent in their play. Good teams, playoff teams, beat the teams they are supposed to beat and take every game with a sense of seriousness and urgency to not let inferior teams hang around. The Rangers have failed to do that in each of the last three games and only have one point as a result.
There is no doubt that on this night the blame starts in net with Henrik Lundqvist. Fact of the matter is that he simply was not good enough tonight and his coach said so after the game. Those who will seek to use a performance like this to bring up nonsense like Henrik is garbage and the Rangers should trade him are morons and not fans of the team. Plain and simple it was a bad night and everyone is going to have them. The key for the Rangers is to hae it stop right here because they are going nowhere without Lundqvist at the top of his game.
If there is a bright spot to take from this game it is clearly the play of Vinny Prospal. For a guy who has missed the entire season to this point, Vinny played like he was at full speed in this one. There was some rust, but that was to be expected. What I did not expect was for Prospal to be able to go through the whole game with the kind of impact he had tonight as for me he was clearly the Rangers best forward in the game. We will find out tomorrow if the game for Prospal was the adrenaline of being back or it was something he can build on, but on this night he was clearly the positive note. The celebration after his goal was pure Prospal and the kind of enthusiasm this team could use more of.
Details of the game below.