by Patrick Hoffman on 02/20/12 at 10:39 AM ET
That is exactly what the New York Rangers put in last night in their 3-2 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden.
The game may have gone to overtime but this is a game that the Blueshirts controlled from start to finish. The team put pucks to the net, controlled the puck along the boards and looked confident in making plays with the puck in both the offense and defensive zones.
The perfect example of this was the overtime goal scored by Derek Stepan. Michael Del Zotto started it all by rushing the puck up the ice, giving it to Marian Gaborik, getting it back from Gaborik, going to the net, getting a lucky pass back to Gaborik who then fired a pass across to Del Zotto to the left of goaltender Steve Mason and then Del Zotto zipped a pass to the right of Mason to Stepan who fired it home to give the Rangers the victory.
One thing that hurt the Rangers in this hockey game was face-offs. Both Blue Jackets’ goals came off of face-off wins, including the game-tying goal by Rick Nash.
Being the worst team in the entire National Hockey League, this was a game that the Rangers simply had to win. The team came out and did just that and were rewarded with points 80 and 81.
The team will be back in action tomorrow night in Pittsburgh to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. It should be a good one between the No. 1 and No. 6 seeds in the Eastern Conference.
It is all but certain that another 60-minute will be needed from the Blueshirts tomorrow night if they want to come away with yet another two big points.
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