New York Rangers Show Heart In Loss To Pittsburgh Penguins

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Yesterday was my 24th birthday, and all I really wanted was a New York Rangers win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This unfortunately did not happen, but the Rangers did give me some promise in last night’s game.  After a few defensive lapses that led to a 3-1 Penguins lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game, I frankly thought the game was over.  Not that scoring two goals in less than 10 minutes is a humongous task, but with this Rangers team that struggles immensely to score goals, it is.

I did not see the end of the game because me and some friends went out to see Anchorman 2 for my birthday, but we checked our phones to keep up to date just in case the Rangers would come back even though I highly doubted it.  To my surprise, however, the Rangers fought back hard and scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period to tie the game at three and force overtime.

The Rangers would go on to lose in a shootout to the Penguins, but for the Rangers to do what I thought was highly improbable not only last night but also the game before that resulted in a come from behind win over the Calgary Flames, the team has showed some heart and comeback ability to get some much needed points.

Now skill-wise the Rangers need to improve, that is obvious, but talent alone gets you nowhere.  You have to have heart, and if the Rangers can go out and get some more skill, both at the forward and defensive positions, and mix that in with the heart they have showed the last two games then maybe, just maybe, the Rangers can start turning things around this season.

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

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