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Being the top seed in the NHL Playoffs is never easy, and New York Rangers fans are finding this out the hard way. On Wednesday, the Blueshirts lost 3-2 in overtime to the host Senators. The seven-game series now heads back to Madison Square Garden from Game 5 and captain Ryan Callahan, who scored two goals in the loss, isn't too worried.
"We had a two-goal lead tonight but it was early on, where in the last loss we gave it up with four minutes left and lost in overtime. It’s definitely a different feeling. It’s disappointing, but we’re going home now and it’s a three-game series."
There's no panic about the boys wearing pinstripes right now, but there maybe some rushed judgement about newly acquired starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who struggled again in a 6-5 loss to the Twins.
Kuroda didn't even last five innings before leaving with the Yankees trailing 6-4. A home run by Derek Jeter in the bottom of the ninth inning closed the margin to 6-5, but a long, high-fly ball by first basemen Mark Teixeira didn't clear the wall and New York now will try to salvage a four-game split on Thursday.
So far, New York has won a lot of game this season in pretty fashion -- pitching, hitting and fielding. However, when they lose, oh boy, do they lose ugly. It happened again Wednesday, at the hands of the Braves who routed the Mets 14-6 in Atlanta.
Video Of The Day
Somebody on YouTube put together a contemplation of Carmelo Anthony in the month of April. This should make Knicks fans happy.
Carmelo Anthony: April Full ! (via WeAreChampions234)
Did You Know?
Last season, Derek Jeter finished the season with just six home runs and 61 RBI. Currently, Jeter already has four homers and 10 RBI.
"You’re not going to get me to say a lot of bad things about our game," -- Rangers' head coach Jon Tortorella after his team's loss to the Senators on Wednesday. Rangers play Game 5 at 7 p.m.