The Rangers had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in the shootout and suddenly the team’s offensive firepower has flamed out.
The Rangers have scored two goals in the past two games, leaving forward Ryan Callahan to question the team’s effort.
I thought we were pretty lucky to get a point out of it. Our second effort wasn’t where we needed it to be.
The team lacked energy and effort, and had no business to even get a point out of the Senators, who are in last place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Prust bailed the Rangers out early in the third period, and five Rangers’ shooters did not score in the shootout. The point leaves the Rangers just two behind the Montreal Canadiens, who got shell-lacked Thursday, 7-0, to Boston.
The Ranger’ four-game road trip begins Saturday afternoon, visiting the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers â€” all conference points the Rangers are going to need.
Defenseman Marc Staal did return to the Rangers lineup after missing the last two due to an undisclosed injury, playing a game high of 29:34.
Here is how the standings now look in the Eastern Conference.