by Patrick Hoffman on 11/27/11 at 02:38 PM ET
When New York Rangers’ fans first looked at the schedule and saw back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, they were probably extremely worried.
Well, it turns out the Blueshirts surprised everyone by winning both by scores of 6-3 and 2-0, respectively. With the two wins, the Rangers improved to 12-5-3 on the season and are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
In their game against the Capitals, the team got a strong performance from their team captain, Ryan Callahan. Callahan picked up three assists and was involved in all areas of the ice.
In that game, the club got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko (2), Marian Gaborik, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle and Brad Richards. The team also got a strong performance from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who made 18 saves on 21 shots.
In yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Lundqvist was even better in picking up his second shutout of the season on 29 saves. With the win, Lundqvist improved to 9-4-3 on the season with a 2.05 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and two shutouts.
Carl Hagelin, recently called-up by the Blueshirts, scored his first NHL goal yesterday afternoon against the Flyers and picked-up his first NHL assist on Friday against the Capitals. Hagelin is showing that he can play in the NHL and with his storng play, one has to wonder how long he will stay up with the club.
The Rangers will now prepare for their big tilt against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
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