by Patrick Hoffman on 12/28/10 at 12:27 AM ET
It may have been a 7-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders, but the New York Rangers certainly worked hard for their 21st victory of their season.
For starters, defenseman Matt Gilroy had a terrific game for the Blueshirts. He picked up his first two goals of the season, played well on both sides of the puck and looked poised and confident on the blueline. This is something that Gilroy needs to do conisistently but he certainly seems to be getting his game together at the right time for his hockey club.
It was another excellent game for grinders Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Boyle picked up his 13th goal of the season and added two assists for three points. As always, Prust worked hard, battled in the corners and generated several scoring opportunities for the Blueshirts.
The same can be said of Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan, who are both having quite a season for the Rangers. Dubinsky scored his 15th goal of the season and added an assist while Stepan extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his 11th goal of the season as well as picking up an assist.
Speaking of other multi-point games, both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury were a part of that list tonight. Gaborik scored his 10th goal of the season and added an assist while Drury picked up his third and fourth assists of the season.
Not going unnoticed was rookie Mats Zuccarello, who played his second solid game for the Rangers and picked up his first career point on a Stepan power play goal. He was involved, showed some skill, went after pucks and did everything that team head coach John Tortorella asked him to do.
The whole team worked hard tonight and this was especially important since it was at home, a place where the team has struggled to pick up wins this season. With the win tonight, the team is now 9-8-2 at the Garden and 12-6-0 on the road, good enough to be tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL’s best road record.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on the last place New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. This is another game that the team will not want to take lightly given that the Devils are still a rival and that it always feels good to be the team across the Hudson River.
If the Rangers play the way they did tonight on Wednesday against the Devils, the team should be able to come out of New Jersey with another two points in a hard working win.
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