Rangers try to take ‘tough’ loss (and finish) in stride

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The New York Rangers aren’t denying the bitterness that comes from their buzzer-beating Game 1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Even so, they’ve generally said all the right things – or nothing at all – about the way things ended. Interestingly, Martin St. Louis provided the most critical take while admitting that he hasn’t seen a replay.

“I haven’t seen the replay but knowing Boyler, my guess is it was bad, and that allowed them to get that chance,” St. Louis said. “If Boyler doesn’t go down, they don’t get that chance. It’s tough to take, the late goal, but it’s how it happened that’s tough to take.”

Here Marty, check out the replay:

It’s likely that Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has seen the replay, but he was probably wise to hold his tongue, as the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross reports:

Beyond those comments about the goals, the Rangers supplied the usual “race to four” platitudes, which you really can’t begrudge them for (considering the jarring way they lost). It seemed like everyone also used the word “rough” or “tough” to describe the defeat.

Anyway, whatever way they feel, the Rangers must dust this off and get ready for Game 2 on Saturday.