Rangers jolt Lightning, set franchise mark for hottest start


Things are looking up for the Rangers in the New Year. Never has there been a more winning Blueshirts team at this point in a season than this one, which picked up its franchise-best 25th victory through 35 games with an assertive 5-1 thrashing of the Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. The Rangers have become a team that bounces back from losses with vengeance. Losing is offensive to this group, and it must always be rectified immediately. That is how the Rangers go about their business nowadays. That is also one of many promising habits developed under new leadership from head coach Peter Laviolette.