The collapse in the second period pushed the New York Rangers to the brink

PITTSBURGH — The New York Rangers fell victim to a few bad spells in their first-round playoff series with the Penguins — and now they might not have much left in their season.

They ran out of the building at the PPG Paints Arena with a 7-2 loss in Game 4 on Monday, dropping them on a 1-3 hole in the series and setting up a potential elimination match on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The lopsided first period cost them in Game Three on Saturday, but the second period on Monday was the worst of them all.

Pittsburgh scored five goals in the 16:14 distance, and Rangers looked more lifeless with each passing goal. The defense was tough, the effort lackluster (with a few exceptions) and goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin put in another sub-par display, pulling his second game in a row in favor of Alexander Georgiev.

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