by Patrick Hoffman on 02/18/11 at 11:00 AM ET
Good morning folks. It was great to come home from hockey last night and see that the New York Rangers came away with a big 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.
Reading what beat writers had to say about the big two points, it was nice to see that guys like Ryan Callahan (1 goal and 1 assist), Marian Gaborik (1 goal) and Brandon Dubinsky (1 assist) all stepped up their games and played the way they should play in a playoff run: like the team’s best players.
It was also nice that Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 200th career victory. For someone who isn’t even 29 years old yet (will be in early March), it is quite impressive and also makes you wonder if that win total would be even higher if he were with a somewhat more talented hockey club. I guess that really does not matter so it’s great that our franchise netminder is getting the job done.
With the win, the team now has 66 points and is up four points over the eighth place Carolina Hurricanes and three points behind the sixth place Montreal Canadiens. The win was also important because the team still has two games to play in three days.
Tonight, the Blueshirts will travel across the Hudson River to take on the New Jersey Devils. The last time these two teams met, the Devils defeated the Rangers at the Garden by a score of 3-2 so it is important for the Blueshirts to return the favor tonight at the Prudential Center.
One question that comes to mind regarding tonight’s game is who head coach John Tortorella will choose to start between the pipes for the Blueshirts. Here is what Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross thinks:
Now, the question is whether he plays Friday night at New Jersey with a Sunday afternoon game coming up against the Flyers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lundqvist play against the Devils and Marty Biron take on the Flyers. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the other way around. I just don’t see Lundqvist playing three games in three and a half days.
No matter who starts in goal, it is important that the Rangers come away with another big two points before taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon at the Garden.
It is another two points on the line and if the Rangers can come away with the victory, they will move closer to having the ability co ontrol their own fate when it comes to clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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