by Patrick Hoffman on 11/12/10 at 11:27 AM ET
In what was suppossed to be another start for New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, it turned out that Lundqvist came to Madison Square Garden feeling ill, forcing the Blueshirts to start back-up netminder Martin Biron in goal.
It turns out that Lundqvist being sick was a blessing in disguise as Biron played another solid game for his hockey club in helping them to a 3-2 overtime victory on home ice against one of his former team’s, the Buffalo Sabres.
Much like Henrik Lundqvist does on a nightly basis, Biron made the big saves when the team needed him the most and kept them in the hockey game, allowing the team to be able to create offensive chances of their own and win the hockey game.
This is something that Biron needs to be able to continue to do. By instilling confidence in his coach and the rest of the hockey team, this will allow Lundqvist to rest more so he can be ready for when the games really matter come March and April.
Another player who put on a good performance for his hockey club last night was Artem Anisimov, who scored the game winner in overtime and also had a goal in regulation time. As he went, so did his linemates Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, who both had solid games for the Blueshirts and picked up assists on Anisimov’s first goal of the game.
More importantly, this was a win a home ice, a place where the team has struggled in the early going this season. If they can establish home ice now, it could go along way in helping them clinch a playoff spot when all is said and done.
The team will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at MSG where they’ll take on Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers. The game will also mark the return of former Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney, who I am sure will be doing everything he can to pick up two points against his former employer.
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