Originally posted on Bleeding All Blue  |  Last updated 12/8/11
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.


MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Catholic priest in Philly wears underdog mask while leading mass

Trae Young makes defender fall down with sick move, drains jumper

Josh Donaldson still hoping for long-term offer from Blue Jays

Titans have hired Mike Vrabel as head coach

Johnny Manziel sells out entire stock of 'Comeback$ZN' merchandise in under 48 hours

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

OSU coach Mike Boynton has high praise for Trae Young

NFL says overseas troops can watch playoff games despite shutdown

Tyler Hilinski's younger brother shares emotional message on Twitter

Erik Karlsson trade rumors are starting to heat up again

Seahawks reportedly interested in Jim Zorn reunion

Terence Newman does not rule out return even if Vikings win title

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker