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Rangers come back against Flames, break four-game slump

Dec 15, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

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It might not have been the prettiest win and it didn’t come against a good team, but the New York Rangers will gladly take Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win against the Calgary Flames.

They came into tonight’s contest having lost the first four games of what was increasingly looking like a depressing nine-game homestand. With four more games left, the outlook is at least a little rosier.

Calgary took 2-0 and 3-2 leads, but the Rangers battled back to win. The Blueshirts now find themselves more or less in the thick of things in the squalid East despite being below .500 (16-17-1).

Henrik Lundqvist might feel the greatest relief of any Rangers player, as he broke a four-game losing streak. Sure, he still didn’t put up great numbers (three goals allowed on 21 shots) and hasn’t been sharp statistically (just one game with a save percentage above .900 in his last seven), but this is better than nothing.

That might just be the motto of tonight’s win, as the Rangers have become uncomfortably used to settling for exactly that.

  1. stakex - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    It was good to see a little fight from the Rangers tonight. However a struggling shootout win against a league bottom feeder is hardly a great sign. Most of the problems that have dogged the Rangers the entire season were on full display tonight, and if they were playing a good team it would have been a blowout.

    • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      stakex, still need proof that punches to the head can cause a concussion? Her’s a newsflash for you. His career is likely over.

      Canadiens’ George Parros sustains 2nd concussion – Montreal enforcer injured during fight with Islanders’ Boulton on Saturday

  2. lowenni - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I know their record is very poor, but does anyone else think the Flames aren’t THAT bad of a team? I’m not saying they’re a playoff team at all, but they’ve played some good games. They seem well-structured, hard-working, and their top players are smart. I think Hartley is an underrated coach.

  3. wishingtonredslur - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    For the Flames that works out to three straight with points and four of the last five. Since firing Jay Feaster the Flames are 2-0-1. This is the second game back from a fractured foot for rookie first rounder Monahan and the line of Glencross, Hudler and Monahan are showing the chemistry they had early on.

    Just thought I’d finish writing your story for you. Notice I didn’t start any sentences with “but.”

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      That doesn’t fit this websites narrative though, much easier to say “Calgary is a bad team” than to say that they’re a team who’s competitive in pretty much every game, and in fact have lost many games (including this one) by giving up late leads, if they could learn to close it out they’d be middle of the pack in the standings….actually if they were in this website’s beloved Metropolitan division they’d be 2 points out of fourth.

      • 950003cups - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        If If If.

        If my aunt had balls, she’s be my uncle.

    • hazlydose - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      I think Mark Giordano has had a big impact. The flames were playing well before he got injured and are playing better now that he is back.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    and the win goes to…

    atwatercrushesokoye, a man who knows of what he speaks

    toooosh eh

  5. xdj511 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    That was a stellar non-loss. The Rangers’ ability to beat other struggling teams has been lacking, so it’s nice to see them come back and get two points from Calgary.

    I enjoyed the 11 forward, 7 d-men experiment. It was nice to get Asham and Pyatt out of there, and Pouliot actually contributed with an assist and a shootout goal. Guess that bought him another month in the lineup. They might have thrown 7 D out there but if they only think 3 are reliable then they’re still going to be leaning heavily on Girardi, McDonagh and Stralman.

    It’ll be interesting to see how they do Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. This should be an obvious mismatch but the Rangers beat them 5-1 last time, so you never know until you play the game!

  6. stepanup - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    The bar is really being set low here. Credit to the Flames, they look like they wanted the ‘W’ more than the Rangers through the first half of the game, and certainly worked hard enough for it.

    From the Rangers side, there’s still so many players just floating. Guess where Kreider finally scored the tying goal? From the front of the net, that scary place where you have to battle and it seems like most of the roster is still allergic to going to. Great game from Kreider and a much better game from Hagelin.

    Overall New York was lucky to get that win last night, however, seeing the relief on the faces of the players makes me think there’s a chance that they may be able to relax and play a little bit now.

    • xdj511 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      There were numerous plays where the puck came out from behind the Flames net and went right through the crease and slot because no Rangers were there. Whatever the Rangers think they’re doing they really need to change their offense so that somebody is somewhere in that vicinity to convert on some of these chances.

  7. joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    A win is a win. Beating the Flames in a SO is not very convincing that this team is on the road to redemption. I hope they make the playoffs, but they have to put on a stretch of consecutive wins quickly. The last spot for a playoff berth in the Met div is going to be a dog fight. They certainly have the goalie, the coach and good elements to make it happen.

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