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Igor Shesterkin tugged as Rangers were beaten by Blues

ST. LOUIS – Rangers may need to burn the ribbon for their latest game, but there are still lessons to be learned.

For a team that often had an enthusiastic win after a frustrating loss, Rangers let a desperate Blues squad through Thursday night at the Enterprise Center in a disheartening 6-2 loss that left star goalie Igor Shesterkin pulled only for the second time in his NHL career.

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant had seen enough after St. Louis captain Ryan O’Reilly scored the Blues’ fourth goal in just 15 seconds of the second period. Rangers watched the Blues tear up the crease and crash the slots, giving Shesterkin little support compared to what he’s done for the team all year.

“There are lessons to be learned,” said Barclay Goodrow. “We’re a little bit – whether it’s careless or not fully dialed in or we’re making little mistakes in the D-zone – and that’s costing us right now. We must learn from this, but also turn the page. Big game on Saturday [in Dallas]if we find a way to get two points and finish the road trip right.”

Igor Shesterkin, ripped down after four goals conceded, defends while Vladimir Tarasenko searches for the puck in Rangers' 6-2 loss to the Blues.
Igor Shesterkin, ripped down after four goals conceded, defends while Vladimir Tarasenko searches for the puck in Rangers’ 6-2 loss to the Blues.
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The Rangers looked like a team lacking a handful of staples — except when they were on the power play. But none of their Man Advantage goals, from Ryan Strome late in the first period and from K’Andre Miller in the middle of the second period, made a difference. Each of the Rangers’ goals followed three straight goals from the Blues in each of the first two periods.

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Ryan Reaves (left) battles for the puck with the Blues' Ryan O'Reilly during Rangers' blowout loss.
Ryan Reaves (left) battles for the puck with the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly during Rangers’ blowout loss.
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Alexis Lafreniere falls to Blues goalie Ville Husso during Rangers' ugly defeat
Alexis Lafreniere falls to Blues goalie Ville Husso during Rangers’ ugly defeat
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It was only the fourth time this season that Rangers have conceded six or more regular goals.

Defensive breakdowns have become increasingly common in recent games and Rangers’ top pair Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren have been caught in the middle. Fox is exhausted and Lindgren had one of the toughest games of his career after starting the evening with two penalties. Both defenders were minus four on the night.

Dud games are happening, but Rangers put on a dismal performance on Thursday after a disappointing 5-2 loss in Minnesota on Tuesday. Gallant hoped it would wake up his team by putting backup Alexandar Georgiev in goal early in midfield, but Rangers didn’t deliver as expected. Georgiev allowed two goals in 18 shots from relief.

As with the clubs’ first meeting on March 2 at the Garden, St. Louis exploded in the first half of the season on Thursday with three quick goals. The Blues did it in 2:14 last week in Rangers’ 5-3 win and 2:36 on Thursday. Lindgren and Fox were on the ice for two of the three goals, two of which were scored by Robert Thomas and the other by Ivan Barbashev.

A late Rangers penalty in mid-frame saw the Blues retain possession for a full minute and pour in the shots before Jake Walman made it 5-1 at 7-07. David Perron then turned the knife and 38 seconds later set off a pass from Rangers defender Patrik Nemeth.

“Just looked soft,” Gallant said. “We looked soft.”

Rangers will definitely check the tape. You may want to burn it until crisp when they’re done.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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