In a 2013-14 NHL season filled with disappointment thus far for the New York Rangers, the team is starting to find at least some shred of consistency. No, it isn’t consistently winning, because the Rangers are still floating around the .500 mark like they have all season, but the shred of consistency I am talking about is never giving up and fighting back.
Home games have been a nightmare for the Rangers this year, with a current 8-10-3 record, and with some of their worst games played this year. Well, the Rangers are still not winning at home, or consistently overall, but at least they are showing some signs of improvement by taking some baby steps in the right direction.
New York sports fans demand effort among all else,and earlier this season, the Rangers were not giving their fans that, especially at home. Now in recent losses, the Rangers have come back down multiple goals in the 3rd period to at least get a point, and that was the case last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After losing their best player in the 1st period, Chris Kreider, to a questionable penalty and game misconduct call, momentum after tying the game at one was zapped, thus putting the Rangers in a two goal hole.
However, even without their leading goal scorer and another shaky performance from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers were able to dominate play throughout most of the 3rd period to tie the game at 3, force overtime, and then the shootout, aka the glorified skills competition.
The Rangers would go on to lose in the shootout due to more shaky goaltending from Lundqvist, but to overcome his subpar performance and the loss of their leading scorer and fastest skater in Kreider, to fight back from down two goals in the 3rd and to get a point out of that game is at least a baby step in the right direction and can hopefully lead to something good in a very disappointing Rangers season so far.
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