2005_10_sryder.jpgIf the Rangers are going to be successful this season they are going to have to stop taking so many penalties. Thursday night the Rangers committed eleven penalties including two that put them in five on three situations in their 4-3 loss to Montreal.

The game started well for the Rangers, as they appeared to feed off of the emotion of the crowd at the Garden. Marcel Hossa scored just over a minute into the game on a nifty feed from Martin Straka. Montreal went ahead 2-1 with two goals in the middle of the first period before Martin Rucinsky tied the game at two. Montreal went ahead on a nice goal by Alexander Perezhogin and it looked like that would complete the scoring until Dominic Moore deflected a shot from the point to tie the game up at three with 2 ½ minutes left in the game.

With ties no longer an option in the new NHL, it looked like things would head to a shootout until Montreal’s Michael Ryder threw a puck at the net that goalie Kevin Weeks misplayed to allow the winning goal. The loss drops the Rangers to 1-0-1, but they did earn a point. They return to the ice Saturday night against the Devils in New Jersey.

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