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Rangers Singing the Blues in St. Louis

The New York Rangers again embark on a Western weekend road trip, facing off against an opponent who has been equally disappointing.

The potential final stretch continues tonight, as they head to the Gateway City to battle the St. Louis Blues (8:00 PM, MSG+).

The Rangers (32-32-7) are coming off back-to-back victories, including Wednesday night’s thrilling 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Though the Rangers trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes, a showstopping third period led to a thrilling comeback, even when Pittsburgh negated consecutive goals by going back up 3-2. Mika Zibanejad tied the game on a late power play in the third period, and then won it in the extra period, sending Madison Square Garden into a frenzy. Chris Kreider also had a goal on the power play, while Jesper Fast originally tied the game.

As for the Blues (37-28-5), they currently sit five points out of  a Western wild card, but they didn’t help their case with a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Joel Edmundson had the lone St. Louis goal, as the Blues managed only that lone tally after scoring 11 over their previous two games. Nathan MacKinnon scored two for the Avalanche.

This will end the season series between the Rangers and the Blues, with the only previously meeting coming all the way back on October 10. St. Louis won by a 3-1 final, as Carl Gunnarsson scored just 15 seconds into the game. Zibanejad tied it for the Rangers on a power play goal later in the first period, but Brayden Schenn likewise put one in before the end of the frame. The team played mostly even for the remainder of the game, before Jaden Schwartz put in an empty netter in the penultimate minute to create the ending score. Carter Hutton made 32 stops in net.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490


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