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Rangers have been in this spot before

Then-Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr celebrates with Henrik Lundqvist

Then-Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr celebrates with Henrik Lundqvist at the end of a game. Photo Credit: Newsday, 2007/Kathy Kmonicek

The Rangers record fell to 3-7. They were shut out three times in their first 10 games.

The year was 2007.

As dismal as the start of this 2013 Rangers season appears following a 2-0 shutout to the Canadiens in the Blue Shirts' home opener on Monday, the team can take comfort in the fact that they've been in the same precarious position before and come out just fine.

Yes, a 3-7 record and shutouts to Montreal, New Jersey and Anaheim is not a great spot. In fact, it's a historically bad spot for the Rangers.

Only six previous times in the Rangers history has the team been shut out three times during its first 10 games: 1928 (a franchise record four times), 1930, 1933, 1935, 1950 and 2007.

That 2007 season, however, is the one to focus on.

On Oct. 23, 2007 the Rangers were floundering. The shutouts were all heartbreakers: A 2-0 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 6; A 1-0 defeat at Boston on Oct. 20; A 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 23. Henrik Lundqvist, in his third season, took the loss in all three games.

But the team then reeled off four consecutive wins and won nine of their next 10 games overall.

The Rangers finished the 2007-08 season 42-27, made the playoffs and lost in the Conference Semifinals to the Penguins.

So as bleak as this beginning has been for the Rangers, remember that they've fought back from the same bad start before.


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