The New York Rangers weren’t able to break through on the scoresheet this evening as they were defeated 1-0 by Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators. Despite a sluggish first period, the Rangers responded rather well for the final 40 minutes but just couldn’t solve the red-hot goaltender. Alexandar Georgiev appears to be getting into a rhythm after making his fourth consecutive start for the Rangers, and turned made several big saves to keep the Rangers alive in this one.
Philip Tomasino (5) - Filip Forsberg (7) & Alexandre Carrier (7) - 1:44
Despite a scoreless first period, it didn’t take long for the Predators to take advantage of a mistake and jump out to their first lead of the night. The lone goal of the evening came off of a coverage breakdown by the Rangers as they left Philip Tomasino wide open in the high slot. Filip Forsberg was able to quickly recognize the open ice and fed a crisp through the middle of the ice. Tomasino was able to catch the pass in stride and snapped a heavy wrist shot over the glove of Alexandar Georgiev to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers finally woke up after the first period, and they generated their fair share of chances that probably shoulder have resulted in a few goals. However, a combination of spectacular goaltending and about three million blocked shots, the Predators were able to hang onto their one-goal lead.
The Rangers stole a couple games of their own early in the season that they had no business winning, so it was only a matter of time before the scripts were flipped. Following tonight’s frustrating loss, the Rangers will have a scheduled travel day tomorrow before returning to action on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche.