The New York Rangers are hoping to quickly move on from one of their worst efforts in recent memory.
Doing so could prove more difficult than usual with one of their best offensive threats uncertain to be available.
The Rangers could be without All-Star forward Rick Nash on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks, who enter their home opener seeking a third consecutive win.
One night after beating Los Angeles 3-1, New York (1-2-0) was dealt an embarrassing 9-2 loss at San Jose on Tuesday. Brad Richards' third goal gave the Rangers an early lead before the Sharks scored six unanswered.
"It's tough to understand, at this point, how we can play so well (Monday) night and play this way (Tuesday)," said coach Alain Vigneault, whose team is on a franchise-record nine-game road trip to open the season because of renovations at Madison Square Garden.
"You think you're taking a step forward after the way we played last night and obviously we didn't take a step forward with the way we p...