Just when you thought the New York Rangers were out of the game, Nick Holden injected them with some much needed life.

Nick Holden just gave the New York Rangers a heartbeat, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

As a former Rangers coach once said, this team was “dead in the water” until Holden’s patience paid off.

The Carolina Hurricanes have successfully stifled the Rangers quick transition game, which has all but shut the door on their offensive chances.

And who better than former Rangers forward, Viktor Stalberg, to tally Carolina’s two goals?

The Rangers have looked slow, uninspired, and often lost through one and a half periods. They have not been able to engage their fast neutral zone play which has been their biggest asset this season.

Henrik Lundqvist has bailed out his team on multiple occasions already, and the Rangers will need to make some adjustments if they expect to claw their way back into this game.

I've been a die hard Rangers and Giants fan for as long as I can remember. I enjoy sharing opinions, and hearing from fans that love their teams just as much as I do. Henrik Lundqvist makes all of us look like mere mortals. E-mail me at: Chris.Wengert@elitesportsny.com