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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist can do only so much to help the New York Rangers.The star goalie is playing well, yet his margin of error is getting slimmer every night as the Broadway Blueshirts look to find the offence that has suddenly left them.During a recent surge that began in early December, the Rangers won 13 of 14 and scored at least three goals in 11 of those games, and four or more seven times. That spurt ended with consecutive shutout losses to the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins.But the defending Eastern Conference champion Rangers (27-15-4) seemed to find their scoring punch again in winning three straight before the All-Star break — netting a total of 10 goals in victories over Columbus, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. The seven-day shutdown has dropped the Rangers back into a funk again.They were beaten 4-1 by the Islanders on Tuesday in their return, managing their only goal with 8.1 seconds left when the outcome had already been decided. Then they dropped a tough 1-0 defeat at home to Montreal when Lundqvists only blemish came when Max Paciorettys 50-foot shot got between him and the right post with 4:17 remaining on Thursday night.A soft goal, by his admission, proved to be the difference.I felt like I did a lot of good things, said Lundqvist, who banged his stick on the ice in anger as he skated off. I wont remember the first, second or third period. Ill only remember the last four minutes, and thats the life of a goalie.You make a mistake like that and you pay for it sometimes.Lundqvist made 25 saves during the goalie duel with Montreals Carey Price, but the one hiccup prevented the Rangers from salvaging even one standings point.The Rangers finished Thursday ranked fourth in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.33) and tied for first in fewest goals given up (107). New York has yielded two goals or fewer in 15 or their last 20 games and 19 of 28.Lundqvist, 7-3 in his last 10 outings with a 1.86 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, blamed himself for the Montreal loss, but offered suggestions to jump-start the slumping offence.We are doing a lot of good things, but we can try to get more traffic in front of the goalies and make it a little tougher for them, he said. We are working really hard and we are not far off. We need a couple bounces here or there and it will be a different story.We arent going to overthink it, just get ready for the next one and really try to come back with a win here on Saturday.That will be the second game of a four-game homestand when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Madison Square Garden. It doesnt get easier after that, as Florida — which trails the Rangers by six points in the Eastern Conference — and Boston, which has a one-point lead over New York, come to town.Carolina has been pretty good of late, said Martin St. Louis, second on the team to Rick Nash in goals and points. There is no easy game in this league, and we just have to bounce back.St. Louis was talking about the team as a whole, but he dipped, as well. After scoring a goal in each of the Rangers last two games of a successful West Coast trip, he has gone seven games without a goal.Nash, the Rangers lone All-Star with 28 goals in his clubs 46 games, has been held without one in six of seven games, but he tallied two at Pittsburgh on Jan. 18.The story is the same throughout the lineup.Mats Zuccarello has gone nine games without a goal, Derek Stepan also scored twice in the 5-2 win at Pittsburgh but has no goals in 11 other games since a hat trick in New Yorks 3-1 victory against New Jersey on Dec. 27. Derick Brassard has just one goal in nine games.We just have to fight through those adversities, Zuccarello said. We created enough chances to win the (Montreal) game for sure, and they got a lucky goal at the end, so brush this one off. Its an important game coming up on Saturday.Even when the Rangers were piling up wins in December, they lamented that they werent gaining much ground in the playoff race or creating much space between them and the teams chasing them.They entered Friday one point behind third-place Washington in the tight Metropolitan Division, four behind Pittsburgh, and seven in back of the Islanders. Those teams have all played two more games than the Rangers.The top three teams in each division get playoff spots, and the next two teams in the conference earn wild cards. So the road back to the Stanley Cup finals could be rocky for the Rangers with 36 games remaining. New York is currently in the second wild-card position.We stood tall at home against these guys, Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said of the Canadiens. It was a matter of who was going to get one and hold the lead.It just wasnt our night. Fake Jordan 1 Outlet . Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, the bandleader of the beard brigade during Bostons run to the 2013 World Series title, said he will be shaving his off before spring training so that he can file it "in the archive" with his memories of the teams improbable championship. Fake Yeezy 350 V2 . The Red Wings hadnt played the night before. The Boston Bruins had. A month from now, or two months from now, it doesnt matter. But right now it does matter, when you start and you play back to back, its wear and tear on you for sure, Babcock said. http://www.cheapestairmaxstore.com/fake-...cheap.html . "If we could score a six in every game, obviously I would be pretty excited," Jones said. "Its a long week but a short week. Its a pretty short round robin from what were used to so you dont want to get behind the eight ball early. Yeezy 350 V2 Store . Manager Alex Ferguson says the injury was sustained while the player tried to hit a volley toward the end of training on Tuesday. Vapormax Store . Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were each convicted on four charges of aggravated rape, one of attempted aggravated rape and two for aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also found guilty of tampering with evidence as well as an unlawful photography charge. CHICAGO -- First, it was Jonathan Toews on a power play, and then Patrick Sharp got loose on a breakaway. Andrew Shaw tipped one home, and it was all over. One dazzling stretch for the Chicago Blackhawks put an end to their tight first-round series against the St. Louis Blues. Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists, and the Blackhawks used a four-goal third period to finish off the Blues with a 5-1 victory in Game 6 on Sunday. "It feels good to contribute in a big game," Keith said, "and I think just the main thing for me is just being able to move on and get a couple days to relax and just regroup and focus on the next round." Chicago won four in a row after a slow start in St. Louis. The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the winner of the Minnesota-Colorado series in the Western Conference semifinals. The Avalanche lead the Wild 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Minnesota on Monday night. Toews, Sharp and Shaw scored in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third and Keith closed out the scoring as the Blackhawks improved to 14-2 in home playoff games over the past two seasons. Bryan Bickell scored in the first and Corey Crawford made 35 saves, keeping Chicago in a tie game when St. Louis controlled the second period. "They were dominating the first 40 minutes here and we came back with maybe the best period of the year," coach Joel Quenneville said. T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who outshot the Blackhawks 36-27. Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves. St. Louis went 0 for 6 in 10 minutes of power-play time over the first two periods, wasting a chance to take the lead. The Blues went 2 for 29 with the man advantage for the series. "I think both the PK and (Crawford) won the game and the series ultimately," Quenneville said. "I think that was the big factor in us getting through." The Blackhawks also struggled on the power play, but they scored when it mattered most. With Jay Bouwmeester in the box for tripping, Keith made a nice stop to keep the puck in the St. Louis zone, and then sent a pass over to Toews. The captain beat Miller over his right shoulder for a 2-1 lead just 44 seconds into the third. It was Toews third game-winning goal of the series. He also scored on a breakaway in overtime of Friday nights 3-2 win. Toews 23rd career post-season goal seemed to take the air out of the Blues, and it got even worse for St. Louis. Sharp got loose for a breakaway, shook off a stick to the face by defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and slid a shot past Milller.dddddddddddd "The third goal was really a backbreaker for us," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That was really the one that hurt. We had been chasing them all series and able to catch up in games, but I thought the third goal really took the wind out of our sails." Sharps first point of the playoffs sent a charge through the towel-waving sellout crowd of 22,144, and there were mocking chants of "Mil-ler! Mil-ler!" as Shaw added his second goal of the series and helped set up Keith for his second. It was an eerily similar playoff exit for St. Louis to a year ago, when the Blues also were eliminated by the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games in the first round. In that 2013 playoff series, St. Louis won the first two games at home against Los Angeles, and then lost four in a row. This year was supposed to be different, especially after the Blues acquired Miller from Buffalo on March 1. But they lost their last six games of the regular season, putting them in a first-round series against rival Chicago. St. Louis rebounded for two 4-3 overtime victories, but the Blackhawks found their stride when the series shifted to Chicago. Crawford had a shutout in Game 3, Patrick Kane scored in overtime in Game 4, and Toews breakaway score in St. Louis put the Blackhawks in position to advance. "It was one play here, one play there," Blues captain David Backes said. "But it was on our stick and we needed to get the job done. We didnt get it done and were going home too early." Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook returned from a three-game suspension. Seabrook was punished by the NHL for his hit on Backes in Game 2. "It was tough. I cant watch hockey," Seabrook said. "Youre hanging on every shot, every save, every play. You want to be out there helping the guys. It was obviously tough to watch it, but they did a great job." Backes exacted a measure of revenge when he delivered a hard hit on Seabrook into the end boards in the second period. But Seabrook added two more assists and had six points for the series. NOTES: Blackhawks F Kris Versteeg was scratched after he played in the first five games. ... Keith, a top candidate for the Norris Trophy awarded to the NHLs top defenceman, tied a playoff career high with four points. ... Miller, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency, on his immediate future: "I dont know. Ive just got to take things as they come right now. I guess Im free to go to my sister-in-laws wedding. Thats about it." ' ' '
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