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Rangers drop opener to Coyotes (ugly) 4-1

Brad Richards of the Rangers warms up before

Brad Richards of the Rangers warms up before the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. (Oct. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Not one to remember, not one that signals doom for the Blueshirts either.

Can't leap to judgement without full roster.  A healthy Callahan and Hagelin would've helped.

Still, the Rangers were sloppy, not getting enough of a forecheck to really force Mike Smith to work (24 shots) and Radim Vrbata's hat trick was deadly.

The good moments:

A power play goal from Marc Staal off a nice feed from Nash, who later fought Martin Hanzal after he levelled Derek Stepan along the boards. Richards had five shots.

But there's work to be done...

More in the morning...

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