After a rough start, the New York Rangers came into their game on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a good run of form as they were winners of their three previous games and 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Aside from winning, the Rangers’ offense was clicking as they had scored at least three goals in each of their last six games and in seven of their last eight. Yet against the Lightning on Tuesday night, they were unable to continue their current form in a 2-1 loss.
Things started out promising for the Rangers as Brad Richards scored 11:55 into the game to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead and it looked like they would be able to extend and make the fact they scored first translate into a fourth-consecutive win. However, the Rangers faced off against the one thing which can halt and cool down an offense hitting on all cylinders, and that is very good goaltending play. On Tuesday night, the Rangers would face-off against Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who once again confirmed his strong play this season as he stopped 33 of the 34 Rangers shots he was forced to make a play on.
In the third period with the Bluehsirts down 2-1, the Rangers had the opportunity to draw level as they were on the power play twice during the period. The Rangers power play, a source of great frustration in previous years, so far this season has been the one constant bright spot as it is sixth in all the league. On this night, the Rangers were unable to take advantage of the man advantage as they failed to score on both occasions during the third period while also unable to get any quality shots on goal during their power play opportunities bar a Ryan McDonagh shot that hit the post.
Lucas Carreras is a contributing NHL writer for RantSports.com. Lucas is also a contributing San Francisco 49ers and Soccer writer for RantSports.com. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can add him to your network on Google.