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Blues set franchise-record start at Rangers’ expense

Oct 12, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues set a franchise record by winning their fourth consecutive game to start a season, handing the New York Rangers their third straight loss in the process by a score of 5-3.

Jaroslav Halak weathered an early Rangers storm, stopping 22 out of 24 shots in the first two periods of the game. The Rangers scored one more goal in the third period, but only fired five more shots on goal.

The Blues’ deep offense showed up once more, as Alex Steen had four points, David Backes collected three and Kevin Shattenkirk, Derek Roy and T.J. Oshie produced two points apiece.

Moral victories for the Rangers

At 1-4-0 with a three-game losing streak, the Rangers probably don’t want to hear about silver linings, but their fans might.

As mentioned before, New York at least went all-out in those first two periods.

Martin Biron faltered, opening the door for Henrik Lundqvist to build his confidence back up a bit in relief during the third period. The Blues really poured it on with 17 shots in the final frame, but Lundqvist only allowed one goal.

The Blueshirts get a little time to gather themselves, as they don’t play again until they visit the also-struggling Capitals in Washington on Wednesday.

The real bright spot might be that the Rangers only have four more away games left until they finally play their home-opener, though.

  1. zwilhelm16 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Go Blues!

  2. jhaegs - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Glad I got to go tonight and witness the Blues set the record. Let’s just keep it going against the very skilled San Jose Sharks. That win against Chicago the other night has to give the players a huge confidence boost- the lack of confidence has always been a downfall for our team. About time they realize how good they really are. LONG LIVE THE NOTE!

  3. nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    So, does Alex Steen play for Canada or Sweden?

    • eggserino - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM


  4. eggserino - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I’m a big Blues fan, so I think it’s important to state that the Blues got lucky tonight. If it wasn’t for Halak and poor play from Biron, I’m not sure the Blues win that game. Sure, they looked lights out in the third. The first 10 minutes were good. All the rest was garbage.

    We need a consistent effort from this group. All the pieces are there. The Rangers need to find a new back up. That was a terrible effort. That was the kind of stuff that had Elliot in the AHL last year.

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