New York Rangers Prove That Blowing A Lead And Losing A Game In Only Nine Seconds Is Possible

By Steven Carollo
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Is there nothing the New York Rangers cannot do?

As a Rangers fan, I can honestly say that anything that can possibly go wrong for my team can indeed happen.  The best part is that I believe they actually outplayed the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, but the Rangers showed us all that it only takes nine seconds to blow a lead and lose a game.

If you did not see the game or the highlights, let me tell you what happened. After a Victor Hedman powerplay goal for the Lightning, which was an absolute rocket of a slap shot, the Lighting would go on to win the ensuing faceoff, catch Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto day dreaming (like usual), and make one pass to spring a breakaway leading to a soft shot that somehow got through goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  Two goals in nine seconds early in the second period and that was the whole game. There weren’t any goals scored by either team were scored after that and the Rangers lost by a 2-1 score.

I will say that Lundqvist should have saved that breakaway chance, but I will also say that if it wasn’t for Del Zotto’s mental lapse, that breakaway would have never occurred in the 1st place.

I am 24 years old and have watched a lot of Rangers games in my life, and I can honestly say that was one of the weirdest games I have ever watched. How can a team that has been playing well lately, and even for the majority of that game against the Lightning, fall asleep and allow two goals in a nine second span to cost them the game?

The answer? Only the Rangers.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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