Calgary Flames defeat New York Rangers, 3-1

CALGARY - This one hurt.

The longest road trip of the Rangers' season ended in a dispiriting 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Saturday night. But the truly punishing aspect for the Blueshirts came early in each of the first two periods, when their top two centers went staggering to the dressing room with injuries that could sideline them for a while and raised new worries for a team already playing without its franchise goaltender.

The lasting image from this game was ...

The Rangers limped into and out of the playoffs last spring, but that had little to do with injuries following a season that included very few man-games lost in comparison to most NHL teams.

This year's Blueshirts already have been more significantly banged-up, especially this week with Brandon Dubinsky lost for at least a month and other key players -including goalie Henrik Lundqvist and captain Chris Drury - remaining questionable for Thursday's home game against Atla...