Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Losing Streak Reaches Four

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Losing Streak Reaches Four

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NEW YORK - Maybe it's because Rick Nash may be close to rejoining the lineup. Maybe it's because a third-period offensive flurry nearly stole them at least a point.

Whatever the reason, the Rangers, admittedly without much confidence in a season-high four-game slide, believe they may have found something in their latest defeat, a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Tuesday night at the Garden to open a four-game homestand. The Rangers (8-8-2), playing their fourth game without their elite wing, who would not confirm or deny he has been dealing with concussion symptoms after participating in the morning skate, also were missing defensemen Ryan McDonagh, also to a possible concussion, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto.

"There were a lot of good things to take out of it," said captain Ryan Callahan, who played with a renewed aggressiveness and may have had the best individual defensive shift of the season for the Rangers. "We have to block everything out and realize that, and if we do that, we'll be OK."

"I think a lot of guys tonight played with a lot of confidence," defenseman Dan Girardi said. "We're definitely going in the right direction."

Still, the Rangers trailed by two goals three times in the game as the Jets (9-9-1), who moved one point ahead of them as the teams battle to get into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, won for the fourth time in a season-high five-game road trip. Ex-Ranger Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane each scored twice for the Jets, who got 30 saves from Ondrej Pavelec. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots, but was distraught over the Jets' fourth goal as Kane beat him to the short side to make it 4-2 just 20 seconds after Taylor Pyatt's deflection of Anton Stralman's point shot brought the Rangers within one goal.

"I thought we played really well, especially in the second half," said Lundqvist, whose opponent scored three second-period goals on 17 shots. …

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