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Frustration mounts after blown third period

Following the team's devastating third-period meltdown Saturday -- a 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators -- the Rangers are searching for answers to why they have been unable to put together a full 60-minute effort.

Struggling to create offense over the first eight games this season, the Rangers broke out for four goals including three-point efforts from top forwards Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. But the team couldn't hold onto momentum and the Senators rattled off three straight goals in less than eight minutes, two from veteran Jason Spezza.

"I don't have an exact answer why we haven't pull together a full 60," captain Ryan Callahan said. "Tonight it looked like we were well on our way to doing that and then there was some kind of swing back the other way after our 4th goal. We kind of exhaled a bit it seemed and they kept coming at us. We've got to find a way to get back and tonight we didn't."

The surging Senators, who have scored 20 third-period goals this season, erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period to roll to their fifth straight win. Milan Michalek scored the game-tying goal with less than three minutes remaining and was the lone goal-scorer in the shootout after a scoreless overtime.

"This is a game we have to win," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "Up 4-1 at home with less than 12 minutes to go. It's not good enough."

After the game, coach John Tortorella said he didn't know why the team has failed to find consistency.

"It's on us to keep working," Tortorella said. "I think some of the details of our game are still weak and until we get that solid foundation of the details, we'll sputter."