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Rangers, on 13-1 streak, haven't enjoyed a run like this since 1973

The New York Rangers' Dan Boyle, second from

The New York Rangers' Dan Boyle, second from right, acknowledges the crowd's applause during the first period of an NHL game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. Credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The celebratory singing from the visitors' locker room that drifted into the SAP Center corridors on Saturday night wasn't to tunes from the Beach Boys, the Eagles or the Grateful Dead.

The lively, ragged vocals accompanied a version of "Shout," more soul/frat party than California cool.

To be sure, the Rangers are on a roll. Their 3-1 victory over the Sharks was their 13th in 14 games. Not since 1973 -- long before almost everybody but the coach and a few of their front-office executives were born -- has any collection of Blueshirts enjoyed a similar run.

Consider: If the Rangers (24-11-4, 52 points) beat the Islanders on Tuesday, they will have reached a lofty level. In 1973, with Hadfield and Gilbert, Giacomin and Stemkowski, Park and Fairbairn and a winger named Glen Sather on the roster, the Rangers had a 14-0-1 streak.

Their last two wins 42 years ago? Coincidentally, against the Islanders (28-13-1, 57 points), who are on a ride of their own.

The Rangers clearly are a confident team. The only other Eastern Conference team in NHL history to beat Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton on the road in the same season was Montreal in 1997-98 -- when Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was behind the Canadiens' bench.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was not one of the six goaltenders named to the All-Star roster for the Jan. 25 game in Columbus, is 11-1-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in his last 12 games. Although he indicated after Saturday night's game that he welcomes the rest and the opportunity to spend time with his family, he also may be using the snub as motivation.

"I want to be one of those guys," Lundqvist said Saturday. "I see myself as a guy who can compete against the guys who are there. At the same time, a lot of guys are having strong seasons. But for me, it's more about getting the results right now."

Those results have left the Rangers, with games in hand as the NHL nears the midpoint of the season, in striking distance of the conference's and division's elite.

So where are the Rangers as a team? "It's hard to say,'' Lundqvist said. "But we believe we can beat anybody; we also know -- I think we understand -- why we're having success. We work really hard to do the little things right. If you don't do that, you can lose to any team in the league, the top teams out here or teams in the East.''

The win over the Sharks, Lundqvist said, "was a game where it wasn't perfect, but we did a lot of important things in our own end and it helped us. We're just having fun right now."

And singing pretty loudly, too.

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