Rangers Blow Lead, Fall To Kings 4-3

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In what began as a promising potential win turned out to flip on its side and ended on a rough note, as the Rangers blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-3.

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After tying the game at three late in the third period, New York gave up a last minute goal to noted Rangers killer Alec Martinez that proved to be the game-winner for Los Angeles. The Rangers fall to 3-7-1 and are slipping further away from the rest of the pack in the Metropolitan division.

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Tony DeAngelo, Good Guy, Even Better Hockey Player – Adam McQuaid was listed as Day-to-Day with an injury, thus opening a spot for Tony DeAngelo to come back into the lineup. And boy, did he look good out there, as he was involved in most of the play during the game, scored a goal from the goal line in the second period, and set up Ryan Spooner with a beautiful pass to tie the game at 3.

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DeAngelo looked comfortable, confident and competent out there on the ice, as his sleek skating ability and solid passing makes him stand out amongst the current crop of defenseman. Look for DeAngelo to get more looks on the back end going forward.

Too Many Men, Too Many Times – The “Too Many Men” penalty is something that comes when a team is either caught sleeping or done by mistake. For the Rangers and David Quinn, this trivial penalty is becoming a common occurrence that has put this club in dire straits. For the sixth time in eleven games, David Quinn and the Rangers have been called for the bench minor penalty, thus putting a struggling penalty kill out on the ice more than it needs to be at the moment.

Rangers Need To Stop Beating Themselves – As I stated above, noted Rangers killer Alec Martinez scored with under a minute to go in the third period. Previously, the Rangers blew a 2-0 lead and gave up three unanswered goals. Quinn mentioned that the team needs to stop beating themselves as well as putting an end to the bench minor penalties. Quinn also stated that the team needs to not let people skate into the Rangers zone without pressure. Although this is a learning process, the Rangers defense and whole team, generally, need to continue to work on this aspect of playing into this new system.

Next Game: The Rangers enter the Shark Tank on Tuesday night when they take on the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center. Puck drops at 10:30!

LETS GO RANGERS!!