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Rangers have lost 7 consecutive playoff OT games

Apr 18, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 16: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers body checks Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) Getty Images

If the New York Rangers want to win the Stanley Cup, at some point they’re going to have to find a way to win in overtime. Both of the Ottawa Senators victories have come in overtime, but the Rangers struggles when a postseason game enters the sudden death format is nothing new.

The Rangers last overtime win in the playoffs came on April 29, 2007. Since then, they have lost seven straight playoff overtime games, including their 3-2 OT loss on Wednesday.

New York hasn’t been this good in a while. The last time they won their division was 1993-94, which was also the last time they won the Cup. The Rangers also came just three points shy of their regular season franchise record with 109. However, that won’t mean much of anything if they don’t go far in the playoffs.

With their first round series tied at 2-2 against the eighth seed Ottawa Senators, they still have a lot to prove.

  1. barkar942 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    “With their first round series tied at 2-2 against the eighth seed Ottawa Senators, they still have a lot to prove”.

    Absolutely true. The Rangers have played consistently well all season. They are still playing well in the playoffs. However, Ottawa is playing very well, too. Anderson has been strong in goal, their defense collapses well around him, as do the Rangers around Lundqvist. Offensively, the Rangers have, at times, struggled to get shots on goal, as such for the long stretch in the game last night.
    Now it is a best of three series. This is gonna be a nail biter for both.

  2. brian32556 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    As a big Ranger’s fan I saw last night’s power plays as a microcosm of the year: the first two they were shooting before they knew it and got two quick goals; thereafter, cautious ..pass, pass, pass. No shots; no goals. SHOOT THE PUCK!!!!!

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