Detroit — A victory is becoming extremely elusive right now for the Red Wings.
The streak without a win has reached four games after Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, who were playing their ninth consecutive road game to open the season.
But Rangers forward Derick Brassard scored on a breakaway in overtime with 12.9 seconds left, giving the Rangers a thrilling victory.
It was a demoralizing loss for the Red Wings, who are 0-2-2 in their last four games — with a four-game trip through Western Canada ahead next week.
"Very disappointing," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "You play hockey to win games and right now we're not getting the job done.
"We have to get back to the basics and keep it a lot more simple. Sometimes the best play might be off the glass."
The Red Wings (6-4-2) continue to turn pucks over, give up far too many shots, and spend more time defending rather than attacking the other team.
The Rangers (3-6-0) had 40 shots on net (the Red Wings 34) and capitalized on 10 Red Wings giveaways (the Rangers were charged with only one giveaway).
"We spend too much time in our own zone, turn pucks over and here they come," coach Mike Babcock said. "There's no consistency in our play. It doesn't look like we are wearing the other team out.
"I look at the shots, they had 40 and we had 33. But 40 is way too many. Twenty-eight is too many. We have a long way to go in that area."
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello tied it 2-2 at 2:18 of the third period.
Zuccarello dove and swatted at a long rebound allowed by goalie Jimmy Howard into near the hashmarks, Zuccarello's first goal of the season.
Drew Miller and Daniel Alfredsson (power play) scored for the Red Wings.
Alfredsson gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead at 19:49 of the second period, one-timing a pass from Pavel Datsyuk for his second goal of the season.
"We got a big power-play goal to set us up in the third," Babcock said. "We hadn't played well in the second, we all knew it, and they scored right away (in the third)."
The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 16-8 in the second period, gradually taking control of the game.
Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot (power play) answered for the other Rangers goal. It was Pouliot who sprang Brassard free with the overtime goal.
"It's tough coming to Detroit, it's not an easy game and they have some great players on the other side," Pouliot said. "It is fun to be out there and you want to compete against the best."