by Patrick Hoffman on 04/05/11 at 09:00 AM ET
I was lucky enough to be at last night’s game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins and let me tell you, it was like watching two different games.
In the “first” game, the Rangers were flat, did not generate many scoring chances, had terrible defensive coverage and trailed 3-0. It could have been more if not for the solid goaltending of Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
The second game was the complete opposite. The Blueshirts played with passion, forechecked, threw pucks to the net and cashed in on their scoring opportunities. In this particular game, the Blueshirts outscored the Bruins 5-0.
In the end, it was a 5-3 Rangers’ victory in one of the most exciting games of the season at Madison Square Garden. It was a game in which the team trailed 3-2 with less than four minutes to go, only to score three goals in the final three minutes as Brandon Dubinsky tied the game, Michael Sauer scored the game winner and Derek Stepan sealed it with an empty netter.
Truth be told, may be it was expected that the Blueshirts would come out flat. They played an extremely tough and grueling game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon and were obviously out of synch and tired.
The Blueshirts then ended up turning it on at the right time and simply rode the excitement of the Garden crowd to victory. It was great to see Stepan leap into his teammates on the bench after he scored the empty netter and it was even better to see Dubinsky telling/showing fans to get up after the impressive four minutes of hockey they just played.
With the win, the Rangers are now in the seventh spot with 91 points while also pushing the team into a sixth-place tie with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers are now just one point ahead of the eighth place Buffalo Sabres (idle tonight) and four points ahead of the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes.
Overall, it was win where the Rangers showed the ability to stick with it, play their hearts out when it mattered most and play with guts.
If the Rangers get into the playoffs and play that way, they could go places.
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