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Coyotes chase Lundqvist, hand Rangers 3rd straight loss, 5-0 (Highlights)

The New York Rangers continue to struggle and now see their losing streak extend to three games. 

Dom Renna

  • New York Rangers: 0, (17-17-7, 41 points)
  • Arizona Coyotes: 5, (18-21-3, 39 points)
  • NYR Goals: None
  • ARI Goals: Conor Garland (4, 5), Mario Kempe (2), Clayton Keller (9), Alex Galchenyuk (7)
  • Final. NHL. Boxscore.
  • Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona.

It has officially gotten ugly in Rangerstown.

After two disappointing and ugly losses against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, the New York Rangers were dominated again, losing 5-0 to the Arizona Coyotes Sunday.

There was never a time in this game where you could say the Rangers showed signs of life. Arizona dominated play from the second the first puck was dropped. Their forecheck at times was too much for New York to handle as Arizona outshot New York 33-14 through the first 40 minutes.

All of that resulted in five goals against Henrik Lundqvist, who would be pulled after allowing five goals on 32 shots. It marked the second game in a row where Lundqvist could not finish where he started.

Clearly, the problem does not revolve around the Rangers goaltending itself. Their defense at times never gives Lundqvist or Alexandar Georgiev a chance as evident by their loss Friday and this game against Arizona. The difference between the two is the Rangers offense actually showed up in Colorado despite taking 10 penalties and allowing 47 shots on goal.

New York never could generate any sustained offensive zone pressure including on their lone powerplay which came in the final five minutes of the third period. Mats Zuccarello continues to not perform at the level fans have come accustomed to seeing from him, while Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider have not had the same success they had earlier in the year.

With the five goals allowed in this one, the Rangers have now allowed 18goals in their last eight periods. They will head back to the drawing board and prepare to take on the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.