by Patrick Hoffman on 03/26/11 at 05:35 PM ET
Believe it or not folks, the New York Rangers are now tied with the sixth place Montreal Canadiens after shutting out the Boston Bruins in Boston by a score of 1-0.
Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist was solid once again in picking up his 11th shutout of the season. Lundqvist finished the game with 26 saves and was especially good in the third period when his team was outshot by a 12-1 margin.
The team also did a terrific job of blocking shots. At one point on the broadcast in the third period, Rangers’ announcer Sam Rosen said the team had blocked 25 shots. They probably finished with close to 30 in the game and showed just how important blocking shots can be, especially since the Bruins have guys who can fire the puck frome the point.
Offensively, the Rangers were quiet once again. Yes, they got a goal from Derek Stepan in the first period (his 20th goal of the season) but other than that, they were shut down by the Bruins’ defense and Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask, who had 22 saves on the afternoon and was the victim of a helpless offense.
For the Blueshirts, it was points 86 and 87 as they move into a tie, for now at least, with the Canadiens for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The win also puts the Rangers four points ahead of the eighth place Buffalo Sabres.
The victory also puts the Rangers at 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. This shows that they are playing well when it matters the most and doing what they are suppossed to do at this time of the season and that’s win hockey games.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on the Sabres in what will be an extremely inportant game for both clubs. Between now and then, the Sabres play tonight against the New Jersey Devils and then again on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hopefully, the scoreboard will go the Rangers’ way and come Wednesday night, the team can lok to picking up two more points and inching closer towards clinching a playoff berth.
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