Mika Zibanejad scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period, but the Rangers were blanked from that point forward in a 3-1 loss to the undefeated St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 0:15 STL Carl Gunnarsson; Assists: Jaden Schwartz
- 2:23 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Shattenkirk
- 13:30 STL Brayden Schenn (Power Play); Assists: Paul Stastny
- 18:13 STL Jaden Schwartz (ENG) Assists: Vladimir Sobotka, Alex Pietrangelo
- The Rangers have 78 games remaining in the regular season and with wins on the weekend, 1-3 can become 3-3. That said, with how the Rangers have played at times in this opening stretch of four games, 1-3 could be 1-5 just as easily.
- Things will become much better for the Rangers when they stop turning the puck over and stop allowing, at least, two goals in nearly every first period.
- It's been a frustrating start, both to the season and most games, with how the Rangers have struggled defensively and how long it has taken the Rangers to get things going. St. Louis is an excellent defensive team but if the Rangers would have played more of the first two periods like they did the third, maybe things could have been different.
- The Rangers had numerous chances tonight, especially in the third period, and you do have to tip your cap a bit to Carter Hutton. That said, the Rangers had enough B+ to A+ type chances to tie the game. Pavel Buchnevich, who continues to play really well, was stopped on some big chances, same for Jimmy Vesey and others in the third period.
- At some point I would expect the puck to start finding the back of the net for the Rangers and the sooner that happens the better, especially for guys like Buchnevich, Vesey, Hayes and Nash.
- Overall I felt that Henrik Lundqvist was pretty good and he seems to be rounding into the kind of shape the Rangers need him to be at.
- Brendan Smith, definitely, and Tony DeAngelo, probably, will return to the Rangers lineup this weekend. Hopefully, especially in Smith's case, he is past the struggles of Saturday in Toronto and can return to being the player the Rangers acquired last year.
What's next: The Rangers will travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at 7 p.m.