The Rangers are on a five-game losing streak and during their longest skid of the season, they are getting outscored 26-8. The skid began with lopsided losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes before close losses to the Vegas Golden Knights and Islanders.
Thursday's loss was the second time in this skid the Rangers outshot their opponent and it occurred after a 17-1 advantage in the third period. New York also allowed two power-play goals to the Islanders and have allowed eight goals in 21 chances with the man advantage during the skid.
"We've had some heartbreaking losses, but that's right up there," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "To come out the way we did in the third period and play with the pace and the energy that we did, it says an awful lot about our character. But character's not getting us wins right now."
While Bailey's game-winner was only his third goal since the mid-November meetings with the Rangers, Mathew Barzal has 11 goals since then, including eight tallies in his last seven games.
Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with 20 goals but has gone a season-high six straight games without a goal. Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 35 points but since getting four assists two weeks ago in Nashville, he has one point in his last six contests.
"We can't seem to find a way to win. We find a way to lose instead," Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello said. "It's tough to swallow. I don't know what to say, it's not fun." >> Read more
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