Considering the fact that the Rangers had not lost a game in two weeks, and have lost only twice in their last 12, one could understand if the team brushed off Thursday's 3-0 loss to the red-hot Ottawa Senators at The Garden.
However that was far from the mood the Rangers shared in their post-game locker room Thursday.
"We expect a lot more out of ourselves," Brian Boyle said through gritted teeth. "We've had success the last bunch of games, and obviously much of the year, but it stills feels terrible to lose. It (stinks). It's the worst. We don't think that a loss is bound to happen. We go into every game thinking we are going to win the game."
While several players did credit Senators netminder Craig Anderson for a solid performance Thursday, no one would say that this game was not winnable. And the collective mindset clearly showed that losing in any form is unnaceptable to these Rangers.
"We want to win every night," said Henrik Lundqvist. "It doesn't matter what we did the previous game, or the past few games, even if we had success. Every night we want to win. I didn't expect to win every game the rest of the season. I knew a loss would come. But it's a good thing that guys are disappointed in losing."
The Rangers will look to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Toronto to play an Original Six Hockey Night in Canada contest with the Maple Leafs on Saturday.