Simply put, the Rangers ran into a hot goaltender and got beat despite doing many good things. This is why they simply cannot get discouraged by one tough loss and negating all the good feelings they built in the month of January.
It was only the second regulation loss in their first seven games of 2014. This was not a loss in which the team appeared to quit or get mentally affected by a few tough breaks. The case last night was the Lightning scoring two goals in nine seconds early in the second period. Most teams would shake their heads and wonder what happened the rest of the game. The Rangers kept chipping away, but were simply turned away by Bishop.
The Rangers will attempt to overcome this tough defeat against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night. They catch Detroit at a time in which they are struggling. Detroit has fallen out of a playoff spot and they stand at fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers will have to be aware for a desperate effort from a prideful Detroit team, but right now the Rangers are simply better.
The question is, will the Rangers remember this come puck-drop Thursday? They got beat by a hot goalie Tuesday, and now it’s time to reaffirm to themselves and to the fans that they are still a very good team right now.