After going into Chicago and defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, in regulation, the New York Rangers were poised for a letdown against the Dallas Stars back home at Madison Square Garden. Not only would faltering after beating the defending Stanley Cup champions on the road would be normal, but it is especially expected for a Rangers team who show up to play one game and then are slow and invisible the next.
However the Rangers would prove us wrong by winning another 3-2 game in regulation and finally winning a home game, which the Rangers have struggled to do all season long. Want proof? That win improved the Rangers home record to 9-10-3.
It was not smooth sailing for the Rangers last night though as they would fall behind twice to the Stars before scoring two unanswered goals and holding on for a 3-2 win. So since the Rangers avoided a letdown game after beating the Blackhawks, does this mean the Rangers are now starting to finally turn the corner?
I honestly still cannot say. While the Rangers did beat the Stars 3-2, the Stars went into that game on a five-game losing streak, so they were obviously struggling. The Rangers still played sloppy at times, including Henrik Lundqvist who gave up yet another questionable goal, and they had to come back twice in order to beat the Stars.
While overall it is good that the Rangers are showing fight and coming back to win games, their overall game needs to improve and find consistency.