Rangers can’t hang in the Wild in 3-1 loss to Minnesota

New York, NY -The New York Rangers (33-29-4) got the offensive momentum early, but couldn’t hang on to the victory in the 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild (34-25-6) in hockey action on Thursday night. The Blueshirts could not pick up a win at Madison Square Garden, continuing a disturbing trend.

For whatever reason the New York Rangers have not been able to take the energy their fans are giving them, and win games at Madison Square Garden. They are able to pick up emotional victories on the road, but on their own home turf with the Blueshirt faithful behind them there is no such luck.

It seemed as if on this night the Rangers were going to pick up a victory, by gaining the early offensive momentum in the first period. The first goal happened at the 3:13 mark as Sean Avery (3) ripped an 18 foot slap shot, which was assisted by Erik Christensen (11) and Vaclav Prospal (5) for the 1-0 lead.

The goal for Avery would be a well needed one, as it would be his first in 23 games, while also giving the squad that elusive first goal of the game. In spite of dominating in the first, Minnesota hung in the game and pulled out the victory.

Minnesota’s comeback would start at the 4:36 mark as Kyle Brodziak (14) would tip-in a 10 foot shot, on a power play opportunity that would tie the two squads at 1-1. Then recently called up Casey Wellman (1) would notch the second goal of the game.

Along with the new found offensive momentum for Minnesota was the stellar play of Jose Theodore, who found the form that made him successful in Montreal. Theodore was especially sharp in the winding minutes of the second as the Rangers had a flurry of shots which were all stoned.

Theodore would continue his stellar play making a save of a Derek Stephan 13 foot snap shot at the 2:34 mark of the third period of play. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (eight) would net a 28 foot slap shot at the 8:15 mark, to help the Wild skate away with the 3-1 victory.

In the cage for the Blue shirts Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves, while Theodore made 40 saves in the cage for Minnesota.

New York heads to the road for a quick trip to Ottawa for a 7:30 p.m. Friday night face off against a very much improved Senators Squad.

Note: Ryan McDonagh was hurting bad during the course of the game tonight. No update on the status of the blue liner and how badly he is injured.