Rangers Snowed In By Avalanche; Fall 3-1 In Denver

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Here’s our recap of the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the Avalanche.

Pavel Buchnevich – While his ice time was limited in the first period, he seemed to play more in the second and third. He has the only score for the Rangers on the night, with this beautiful deflection off a pass from Mats Zuccarello. His treatment in regards to being benched and held off-ice in favor of other players, to me at least, is mind-boggling.

Daniel Catenacci – Put in the game as a replacement for the ailing Grabner, who was out with the flu, Catenacci made his debut with the Blueshirts. He definitely brings some grit to the table; he’s aggressive in pursuing the puck and isn’t afraid to hit whoever gets in his way. Despite his eagerness, he did end the night with a -1 rating.

Henrik Lundqvist – Once again, Lundqvist proved why he’s considered a generational goalie. Loss aside, this man stands on his head night in and night out, keeping his team in games they have no business being in, whether they win or lose. He stopped two breakaways to keep the deficit within a single goal. He has masked several issues over the last thirteen years, which without a quality replacement, will all come to fruition as soon as he retires.

Other notes: The Rangers have lost a few players over the last several weeks, including Marc Staal, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, and Kevin Shattenkirk. Michael Grabner was out with the flu, and it’s questionable whether he’ll play tonight against the Kings. The Rangers were successful on their only power play chance of the night and had a perfect night on the penalty kill. The Avalanche, who had an 8-game winning streak heading into this one, outplayed the Rangers. They had 37 shots on goal to the Rangers 28, with Hank ending the night with 34 saves.

And finally, for my last note of the night: Buchnevich is all of us.

Next Game: The Blueshirts have no time to sulk as they face the LA Kings on Sunday night in Hollywood. Puck drops at 1030!

LETS GO RANGERS!!

Christina is an avid hockey fan and a great writer.