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Improving Rangers hand Panthers their ninth consecutive loss

Nov 10, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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Attribute it to the comforts of home or any number of factors, but the New York Rangers are turning things around. The Florida Panthers are … not.

The Rangers won their third game in a row and have carried over generally good work since they beat the Detroit Red Wings to end their dreadful nine-game road trip with a 3-2 OT win on Oct. 26. Since then, they’ve won seven of their last nine games.

The way things are going, Panthers head coach Peter Horachek might need to wait a while for his first win with Florida. The team is now on a nine-game losing streak (0-5-4) with the only solace being one of two choices: a) four charity points or b) better chances at grabbing (another) top prospect.

Brad Richards continued his strong play of late, with two points (one goal and one assist). Neither Tim Thomas nor Henrik Lundqvist were particularly dominant on Sunday.

Going forward, the Rangers face a schedule that remains remarkably imbalanced. Just looking ahead to later this month, they face a five-game road trip. They can’t complain too much, though, as they’ll enjoy an eight-game homestand from Dec. 7-23.

  1. 7mantel - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Lose early , WIN LATE , here we come ! Lets Go Rangers !

  2. homieshome - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Very happy although it was an ugly win. If Thomas played like a dominant goaltender than the Rangers could have lost this. Lundqvist has been diffeent, streaky so to speak I hope to see Talbot play against the Devils to be honest

    • stakex - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Streaky? Lundqvist had allowed only six goals in his previous five games. He had a rough start, but since coming back from injury he’s been a rock in the net. Tonight none of the goals were really his fault either: On the first one he made two really good saves before a 3rd shot finally beat him (where was the defense?), the second was a fluky bounce, and the 3rd was through a two man screen from point blank range.

      That’s not to say Talbot hasn’t been solid in his backup role, but Lundqvist has been playing really well the last couple weeks and he gives the Rangers their best chance to win by far.

    • jkay1818 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      horrible comment. if thomas didnt stand on his head all night, it would have been 7 or 8 goals, especially if the rangers would have finished on some of those open nets or shots blocked by sprawling d-men.
      what streaky? he was bad the first week then sat a few games due to injury. he’s been lights out.

  3. stepanup - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    The Rangers do look good now, but it also helps to not be playing that ridiculously good Western Conference as much anymore. Good luck to teams like Dallas that are talented but have to deal with Chicago, Anaheim, the Avs, San Jose, St Louis, the Coyotes etc.

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