Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 10/6/12

In an effort to lighten the mood during the lockout, The New York Rangers Blog will be writing faux recaps for every Rangers game missed due to the work stoppage. Enjoy.

KANSAS CITY - Tonight was the NHL's second biggest game of the calendar behind the Winter Classic; an annual preseason game from a random mid-western town where the Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche skated to a 3-3 tie after the Sprint Center's only zamboni broke down leaving the players skating on bad ice for the third period.

With an announced attendance of a little over 9,000 in a building that could hold 17,000, the crowd was largely made up of locals whose only memory of hockey were the two losing seasons from the Kansas City Scouts in the mid 1970's. Still, there was a small smattering of Rangers, Avalanche as well as Blues fans in attendance.

As for the game itself, Avalanche newcomer PA Parenteau continues to burn the Rangers no matter what team he plays for. Parenteau had a goal and an assist in the first period. Gabe Landeskog added the second Avs goal and the Avs led by two after one.

"Parenteau was usually the best player for us when he was here, that's why we couldn't keep him," explained Tortorella, "He's just this enigma, when he's around we just don't score."

The Rangers however came out of the locker room flying to start the second, scoring 3 times on JS Giguere in the first 6 minutes of the period .

The Rangers power play was finally able to tally one when Brian Boyle snuck one past the goaltender at 2:43. The scoring continued a couple minutes later when Marc Staal blasted a shot past Giguere following a Jeff Halpern faceoff win to tie the game at 2. Following an Arron Asham roughing call 30 seconds after the Rangers tied it, Ryan Callahan intercepted a pass at the Avs' blueline and skated 100 feet on a breakaway beating Giguere underneath the pads to take a 3-2 lead.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco decided he'd seen enough of Giguere and inserted Semyon Varlamov.

“It's about time our scoring on special teams showed up, Sully just draws lines on his whiteboard when he sets up 'plays,' the guys don't know what he's talking about half the time." Callahan admitted.

The Avalanche did however get a late goal back from another former Ranger John Mitchell. Mitchell scored his first goal in close to a year, batting home a rebound past Lundqvist to tie the game at 3.

Before the third period was set to begin, 3 men began diving across the Sprint Center ice. At first fans thought it was just intermission entertainment, but when the players came back out for the third period without a zamboni resurfacing the ice, it became apparent that those three men were the "resurfacers."

"I can't describe to you the smell when those guys walked by us in the hall." Rupp grimaced to reporters after the game. "A bunch of us had upset stomachs coming out for the third period, Hags needed oxygen because he almost passed out."

The third period, like the ice, was very choppy. The Rangers speedy forwards were slowed down by the bad ice. The puck bounced over sticks with little effort. The only eventful thing that happened was a Michael Haley-Shane O' Brien fight with 7 minutes to go. When the third period ended with the score still tied, the refs called the game off due to the risk of injury and further embarrassment to the NHL.

"If we have to play back here ever again, we just might forfeit the game like the Islanders did to us the other night." John Tortorella proclaimed.

The Rangers (3-0-1-1) conclude their preseason schedule with a match against the defending Stanley Cup Champions in Los Angeles on Monday.

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