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Not an Easy Road

The title above is perfect when it comes to talking about the New York Rangers.

In three of their last four games, the Blueshirts have picked up four out of eight points and have played well enough to stay in games. They lost in OT to the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday night. They lost 2-0 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night and lost in OT on Sunday night to the Buffalo Sabres.

These were all games that the Rangers played well enough to earn two points instead of 1 or 0. However, the team is still two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot and the road to the end of the regular season certainly does not get any easier.

The Rangers had a golden opportunity to beat the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on Sunday night but were not able to do so. Sure, the team battled hard to tie the game up at 1-1 with less than two minutes to go but were once again foiled in OT, much like they were against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday night.

Tomorrow night in Newark, NJ, the Rangers take on a struggling New Jersey Devils hockey club. A win would certainly get things going in the right direction but again, it’d only be a baby step as the team still has games against teams that are playing to solidify playoff spots:

- Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night in Atlanta
- Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden
- Montreal Canadiens next Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden
- St. Louis Blues next Thursday night at Madison Square Garden
- Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon, March 21st in Boston

Points are going to be difficult to come by and the team is going to have to battle. The question is - how much battle do they have in them and are they mentally strong enough to do what it takes to get two points?

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.