by Patrick Hoffman on 01/13/12 at 12:42 AM ET
That is the kind of attitude the New York Rangers should take after losing to the Ottawa Senators tonight by a score of 3-0 at Madison Square Garden.
After winning five straight game, the Senators brought the Blueshirts back down to earth and gave them only their fourth loss on home ice this season. For the Rangers, it was their second loss the Senators at the Garden this season and like the last time, was probably a game that they could have won.
However, with the way Senators’ netminder Craig Anderson played, it would have been tough for anyone to beat the Senators tonight. Anderson made 34 saves en route to his first shutout of the season and his 22nd win of the season as well.
The Rangers definitely had their chances to put the puck in the net but just could not finish. This was especially the case in the third period as the team was all around Anderson but could not find the back of the net.
What one has to wonder is where has the offense gone in the last two games? In Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Blueshirts only scored one goal in regulation and were lucky enough to win the game after winning in the shootout.
Tonight, the team put up a 0 and had nothing to show for it. Yes, the Rangers lost to a good team in the Senators but many probably felt that this was a game that the Rangers were going to win.
With the Senators out of the way, the Rangers will now focus on their two upcoming games this weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, respectively. The Leafs are currently seventh in the conference while the Montreal Canadiens are struggling like crazy and may be even trading forward Michael Cammalleri.
Hopefully, the Blueshirts will be able to get back on the winning track this weekend north of the border.
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