Rangers Comeback Cut Short in Detroit

New York, NY - The good news for Rangers fans in the preseason game against the high powered Detroit Red Wings, was that the Blueshirts were able to come back from a 3-1 Wings lead. The bad news is that the Rangers weren’t able to finish the Wing’s off in a tough 5-3 loss.

The Red Wings got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period before Sean Avery connected a wrist shot from Todd White at the 8:35 mark to make the score 2-1. Brian Rafalski found the back of the net with a wrist shot to give Detroit the 3-1. The Rangers stormed right back on goals from Erik Christensen and Artem Anisimov to tie the two teams at 3-3.

Late third period goals by Detroit helped to propel them to the preseason victory. The bad news again for Rangers fans is the continued penalty sheet which included five second period infractions by the Blueshirts. Also another thing to watch for if you are a Rangers fan is the lack of players not rushing towards the net to convert on goal scoring opportunities. This is something that the boys in blue will need to learn to do more of in order to be successful in this 2010-11 season.

For many Rangers fans the addition of left winger Alexander Frolov maybe one of the answers to offensive players staying in front of the cage and directing in goals, but it takes more than one player to successfully convert on those opportunities and hopefully some of the guys on the Rangers will follow in Frolov’s skates.

The team will look to evaluate the talent that they have as according to the Rangers website the team is looking at five players are all competing for the center position on the team. Erik Christensen, Derek Stephan, Artem Anisimov, Todd White and Brian Boyle are all hoping to emerge from training camp with the roster spot.

New York will continue its preseason schedule with a Red Wings rematch at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.