ST. LOUIS — There already have been enough losses this season that the Rangers thought they didn’t deserve, so maybe they don’t feel so bad taking a win they thought wasn’t fully deserved either. And it certainly makes the turning of the calendar quite a bit sweeter.
The Blueshirts were able to hold on by the skin of Henrik Lundqvist’s teeth, taking a 2-1 win over the Blues on Monday night which allowed them to fly back to New York and celebrate the New Year in the air with at least the satisfaction of sweeping a two-game trip.
“The feeling is not great right now. We didn’t deserve to win that game,” Chris Kreider said. “Great that we did. You have to find ways to win those games. That was a greasy road win. But definitely not good enough.”
This was in stark contrast to the Rangers (17-14-7) victory in Nashville on Saturday, when they were physical, determined, and detail-oriented en route to a 4-3 win over the Predators. But after a little backhand from Boo Nieves beat goalie Jake Allen at 3:11 of the second period to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead, the Blues (15-18-4) took over. They just could never beat Lundqvist.
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