Found December 08, 2011 on Bleeding All Blue:
Following a five game winning streak the New York Rangers suddenly find themselves the losers of two straight after blowing a late lead and falling 3-2 in a shootout against Tampa Bay.  Former Ranger Dominic Moore figured prominently scoring the game tying shorthanded goal with only 1:57 remaining and notching the shootout winner.  Moore was also the one that injured teammate Martin St. Louis during the team's morning practice when his shot hit St. Louis in the face and caused facial fractures.

The Rangers cannot lose a game like this if they want to truly be a championship level team.  A struggling Lightning team comes into their building without a top player and scores a shorthanded goal in the final two minutes to steal a victory.

The fact that the Rangers blew this is game is being lost in the frenzy over Artem Anisimov's goal celebration.  Following his shorthanded goal that gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead Anisimov turned his stick around and pointed it like a rifle towards the Tampa Bay players and "fired."  Tampa Bay responded as one would expect in going after Anisimov for what was clearly the wrong decision.  It was a mistake for Anisimov to do such a thing, but I doubt there was any malicious intent to the action.

Maybe Anisimov's move sparked the Lightning, but anyone that thinks it is what cost the Rangers the game is mistaken as they had numerous chances to build on a 2-1 lead and finish off Tampa Bay.
  • McDonagh struggled for the second straight game.  Not looking for excuses for his play, but at some point we do have to wonder about the toll the minutes are taking on him right now.
  • Del Zotto and Eminger both played solidly as the second pair without Sauer tonight.  The fact that Eminger can play 18 minutes when necessary shows that Tortorella can ease off Girardi getting 32 minutes, McDonagh 27 and Del Zotto 26 a little bit.


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Video: Callahan, Lundvist and Girardi Talk About Loss To Tampa Bay

… the Rangers had the edge for the first two periods of the game but after the whole mess on the ice after Artem Anisimov’s “taunting” celebration, the edge went in favor of Tampa Bay.  And no, I am not saying the celebration of AA is what turned the ride, but it just seemed the [...]

New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov apologizes to Tampa Bay Lightning for gun-shooting celebration

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Crossing The Goal Celebration Line

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