New York Rangers Far From Out Of The Woods After Win vs. Calgary Flames

By Steven Carollo
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The New York Rangers finally ended their four-game losing streak on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, but regardless, the Rangers are far from out of the woods.

For one, they beat a Flames team who is under .500 and considered to be rebuilding. Another is that they had to come back twice in order to beat them, first down 2-0 and then 3-2.

Even though the Rangers won the game, I think there were more negatives than positives to take out of that game. The positive is that they finally showed the ability to come back, especially down multiple goals, and win. The negatives were that once again the Rangers came out flat and uninspired and did not wake up until they were down 2-0, Henrik Lundqvist has been shaky all year and looked the worst he has ever last game, offense was inconsistent and did not constantly drive the net and the defense had many holes in it yet again.

Honestly, if the Rangers were playing a better team than the Flames last game, this losing streak would be at five games. But now they do play a better team next; a vastly better team. Tonight the Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that the Rangers have played once this season so far, back in November, and actually beat them by a 5-1 score. Unfortunately, though, the Rangers were playing much better hockey back in early November than they are now.

All in all, the Rangers got a huge win and two points against the Flames, but they will have to show a lot more if they want to beat the Penguins tonight and prove to me that their early homestand woes are behind them.

The Rangers are far from out of the woods and must make some roster moves in order to do so.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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