Rangers’ Ryan Lindren wasn’t swayed by his lousy blues outing

Ryan Lindgren has contributed a lot to Rangers’ backend during his tenure in New York, which technically began the day before the close four years ago, when the Bruins boxed the defender with two draft picks in exchange for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey for Rick Nash.

He didn’t just play top pair minutes alongside reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox for much of his career to date, but Lindgren has been dependable and a consistent physical presence for Rangers.

So when he and Fox came up a minus four drown against the blues last weekit was far more noticeable than it should have been given how consistent Lindgren was.

“Obviously the game in St. Louis was tough,” Lindgren said after Wednesday’s practice at the MSG Training Center. “But you just have to remember that it’s one game in an 82-game season. You just have to make sure it doesn’t snowball and sneak into the next game. I thought I did a good job of getting over it and having a good game in Dallas, another good game last night.

“You definitely want to be out there, playing, and when you have a game like that, you just have to get over it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Ryan Lindgren, left, had a quarter of an hour against the Blues in St. Louis last week.
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Lindgren added that he and Fox discussed their tough night in St. Louis afterwards, noting that the two want to learn from that game but also have short-term memories. Assistant coach Gord Murphy also chatted with Lindgren the next day, the Minnesota native said, in addition to the video clips.

Murphy also reminded the 24-year-old what makes him successful, such as: B. difficult to play and bring an advantage, which Lindgren called encouraging.

“They have games like that,” said Lindgren, who started as a seventh defender during the warm-up before the game in Dallas but played his relatively usual minutes alongside Fox. “You get away with it and your minus four, but there are other games throughout the year where you never know what might happen. They sometimes get storage or whatever it may be. You just have to keep going.”

Gerard Gallant went twice on the Rangers’ final road trip with 11 forwards and seven defenders, who the Rangers coach said should manage some minutes for some of his D Corps. He also hinted that there was at least one player who was beaten up.

Lindgren assured that he’s feeling fine physically, but acknowledged there will be bumps and bruises along the way – or in his case, lots of cuts and wounds.

“If we go seven D, I don’t think about it too much,” he said. “If you’re asked to go out, you just go out and play. We did it a few times this year I think [Murphy] does a great job with it and gets everything out.

“I certainly don’t mind doing it and I think we did a good job if it happened.”

The Rangers assigned forward Morgan Barron to the AHL Hartford. Rangers’ Ryan Lindren wasn’t swayed by his lousy blues outing


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