Okay, it is now official.  The phrase “dreaded two-goal lead” is now synonymous with the Rangers much like  “diehard Rangers fan”.  For the third time in four games, the Blueshirts coughed up a two-goal lead and for the second time in less than a week they managed to allow two shorthanded goals in the process.

Tom Renney bemoaned the fact that theses things happen when you play forwards at the point – a reference to Matt Cullen being schooled by Jordan Staal on the first of the two shorthanded tallies by the Penguins.  What Renney fails to realize is that stupid decisions are what puts the Rangers in these types of situations.  With a two-goal lead, and the Rangers on the power polay, there was no need for Michal Rozsival to get caught of position.

Speaking of stupid decisions, as for Colby Armstrong’s goal, the only thing you can say is that Henrik Lunqvist vapor-locked.  He need to get out of his net quicker to stop the puck from getting near no-man’s land for goalie or just stay put in his net.  Then again, it took Armstrong’s Willie Mosconi-esque shot to pinball into the net.  It just goes to show you – when things are good well that puck bounces harmless away.  when things are going poorly, the red light goes off.

Props to Jaromir Jagr for stepping up during the shootout.  Granted, with Martin Straka and Brendan Shanahn out of the lineup, who else was going to take the shot – Colton Orr?  Actually, Jag’s attempt was the best of the night for the Rangers.  If he had lifted the puck just a little bit more, he would have beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

Saturday afternoon should bring back lots of memories as the St. Louis Blues hit the Garden in John Davidson’s return to the Big Apple.  One can only wonder what kinds of chants will be toosed around by the MSg faithful.  Glen Sather might want to consider heading out to Banff for the weekend.

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