Mar 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips (4) and New York Rangers center Micheal Haley (32) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Senators Best the Rangers Once Again

The New York Rangers (12-9-2) fell to the Ottawa Senators (13-8-3) by a score of 3-2.

The two teams combined for 74 shots and 60 hits. The complete box score can be seen here.

Midway through the 1st period the Rangers refused to lay a stick on Daniel Alfredsson, who skated freely around the offensive zone, and sure enough it lead to the first goal of the game. A few minutes later the Senators took a two goal lead, only to see Rick Nash answer 13 seconds later. He got some help from the Senators’ defenseman, but the man just keeps on scoring. As the period was coming to an end Carl Hagelin made a terrific defensive play to setup Brad Richards and tie the game. The Rangers appeared to tire in the 3rd period and Ottawa capitalized with the game winning goal.

Things I Loved:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has looked so much better over the last few weeks. He is hardly to blame for this one with 36 saves.
  • It was great to see Brad Richards back and he played well to boot. I am sure it was a huge relief for him to finally get a goal.
  • Michael Del Zotto made some mistakes, but overall has looked pretty good since coming back from his injury. I am noticing a trend between him, Nash, Cally, and Richards. Maybe it is time for Gabby to get hurt as well (I kid of course).
  • Carl Hagelin has made HUGE strides this season. I don’t think the Rangers could be more pleased with how his game has come along.

Things I Didn’t Love:

  • It would be nice for Taylor Pyatt or Jeff Halpern to make an offensive contribution. FYI according to Hockey-Reference’s “point shares” stat the only player Halpern has been better than is Brian Boyle.
  • Speaking of Boyle, I am not sure what Torts’ justification is for sitting Boyle over Stu Bickel. I could understand if the idea was to keep Bickel in the lineup because of Chris Neil, but when Neil decided to be Neil, it Rick Nash who had to stickup for his teammates. Defeats the whole purpose then, no?

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