Newsmakers in the NHL: Rangers Lose Again, Continue Slide

Blues 2, Rangers 1: A day after getting crushed on their home ice, the New York Rangers dropped a 2-1 decision in St. Louis, losing for the eighth time in their past nine games.

At this point, it's anybody's guess as to how long Tom Renney remains behind the bench, as the Rangers continue to slide down the Eastern Conference standings.

With the game tied, 1-1, late in the third period, St Louis' B.J. Crombeen scored his 10th goal of the season, leading the Blues to their second straight win. Chris Mason stopped 19-of-20 shots, while Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for St. Louis.

Stars 3, Blue Jackets 2:R.J. Umberger's two goal effort wasn't enough for the Blue Jackets as they fell to Dallas, 3-2, in a shootout on Monday night. For Columbus, the loss snaps its season-best four-game winning streak.

The two teams entered play with 61 points on the season, while the Stars were able to pick up the extra point thanks to James Neal's game-winning goal in the second round of the shootout. Marty Turco stopped 41 shots through overtime, and all three shots he faced in the shootout for Dallas.

The Rest of Monday's Action

Ottawa takes on Nashville

Edmonton travels south for a game with Phoenix

Atlanta continues its west coast swing

Daily Rebounds

-- Carolina forward Justin Williams is going to miss a month with a broken bone in his hand. He's already missed 25 games this season with an Achilles tendon injury, while scoring only three goals.

-- After Tomas Plekanec was issued a two-game suspension for his slew foot on Edmonton's Denis Grebeshkov, his teammate Andrei Kostitsyn was guilty of the same move on Sunday night in Vancouver. No suspension for Kostitsyn ... yet.

-- While it's been assumed Sean Avery's return to the New York Rangers is set in stone, The Confluence talks about Steve Zipay's observation in Newsday that the Penguins may be interested in taking a chance on the agitator.

Tuesday's Key Games

-- Three teams fighting for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference are in action as Buffalo travels to Toronto, Carolina hosts Boston, and the Panthers take on the red-hot New Jersey Devils in Miami. The Sabres, Hurricanes and Panthers are separated by three points in the standings.

-- Winners of five of its past six games, Vancouver looks to continue its recent strong play when it travels to Calgary to open up a four-game Canadian road trip.

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