The Rangers had very few quality scoring chances against one of the top defensive teams in the league Thursday night. As a result, the Blueshirts dropped a 4-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center, the club's second straight defeat. Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who entered play leading the NHL with a miniscule 1.46 goals against average, surrendered only a pretty goal to Michael Del Zotto 16:18 into the second period en-route to his 13th win in 15 decisions this season. Del Zotto burst into the slot to accept a feed from Brandon Dubinsky, and slid the puck under Elliott for his third goal to cut the Rangers deficit at the time to 2-1. However an Alexander Steen goal---off a flukey bounce---61 seconds into the third period gave the Blues a two-goal lead once again, and effectively put the Rangers away for the night. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in a losing effort for New York. He surrendered first period goals to Patrik Berglund at 7:06 and David Perron at 11:03, along with Steen's tally in the third. Jason Arnott added an empty-net goal for the Blues with 2:17 to play. Rangers head coach John Tortorella tried a myriad of different line combinations during the game to shake his team up, with Dubinksky clearly responding the best to the extra minutes he received. Share your thoughts on the game below.
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