Rangers drop fourth straight; Lundqvist pulled in first period

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Make that four straight losses.

The New York Rangers continue to stumble along through this first half of the regular season, with their latest setback coming in a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Four straight home games in a string of nine in a row. Four losses. Not endearing themselves to the locals, who already voiced their displeasure by booing the home team off the ice two nights ago.

The Blue Jackets wasted little time gaining the upper hand in this one, scoring three times before the game was 12 minutes old. Henrik Lundqvist was promptly pulled, giving way to Cam Talbot.

In the end, the Rangers made it somewhat close, getting to within a goal before Ryan Johansen put this one out of reach with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

Alain Vigneault chose to heap positive reinforcements upon his team yesterday, despite their struggles. Hard to think he would come back with the same message after this latest loss.

But this loss drops them to 15-17-1.