Rangers Winning Streak Gets Hit With Lightning
The New York Rangers (14-3-2) had a nine-game winning streak snapped last night, in its 2-1 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Dominic Moore scored to tie the game 1-1 with 6:17 remaining in the third, and it looked like the Rangers were set for a 3v3 OT. The Rangers made one mistake and took the gas off, and it immediately resulted in a Valtteri Filppula shorthanded goal with 1:05 remaining. Both Rangers goals came from boneheaded plays, on the Lightning's first goal Keith Yandle made a bad pass in his own zone which resulted int he 1-0 lead.
Stepan also took responsibility for the misplay that gave the Rangers their first regulation loss since mid October. "I put too much air on it and put [McDonagh] in a tough spot," Stepan said. "This one really stings, too, because we played a pretty good hockey game for 60 minutes and this mistake costs us two points."
The Rangers will look to get back on trap with a Saturday night game against the Florida Panthers.