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Blueshirts Extend Season High Losing Streak

Alex Silverberg
February 2, 2011

It seems that the Rangers have had plenty of bad luck on their now six-game losing steak, even when they play the game to the best of their abilities.

Tonight in Atlanta we saw the Rangers successfully execute all the things that they needed to get going for them to win yet the team still came up short. They needed Henrik Lundqvist to play like an All-Star. He did. They needed Marion Gaborik to skate to his abilities and create chances. He had two assists and five shots on goal. They needed a deficient power play to wake up. It scored one of the two Blueshirt goals. They did everything they set out to do but they couldn't get Lady Luck on their side.

She did help the Thrashers, however, with Matt Gilroy losing an edge to allow the breakaway and first goal of the game. It was also pretty lucky for Atlanta to have Marc Staal tip the puck in the perfect position for the second goal of the game by Evander Kane. However, that third goal (and Kane's second) was pure momentum from an overpowering man advantage as a result of an all too common Michael Del Zotto mistake.

There are no moral victories in hockey, especially this late in the season, but the Rangers can take solace in the fact that they executed their game-plan and luck was just not on their side. Then again, they could have said the same for the past several games as they have all been one-goal affairs, a weird statistic if I've ever seen one.

As fans we can only hope that the Rangers can play themselves into some lucky bounces and, eventually, the playoffs. Until then, we need to appreciate the effort and realize the team isn't getting blown out or outplayed but maybe, just maybe, the losing streak would be easier to explain if they were.

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