by Patrick Hoffman on 12/18/11 at 05:00 PM ET
Apparently, I missed an exciting New York Rangers’ game last night as the Blueshirts scored with 0.1 second left to go in regulation time to beat the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 3-2.
I was lucky enough to see the replay of Brad Richards scoring the game winner but could not believe that the team won the game in this fashion. This was a game that the Rangers needed to win to get back on the right track and to do it in that manner was certainly exciting.
It was nice to see highlights of the game and see that Marian Gaborik picked-up two goals. He had been struggling the last few games to do just that but with his two goals last night, Gaborik now has 17 goals and also leads the team in points with 27.
Of course, it was also nice to see Richards come through with the game winner. The Blueshirts are paying him a lot of money to do things like that and with 26 points in 30 games, it is easy to see that the deal is working out for all involved.
Based on the statistics, Rangers’ back-up goaltender Martin Biron had another solid game for his hockey club. Biron is now 6-1 with a 1.82 goals against average, a .934 save percentage and 1 shutout.
With the win, the Blueshirts are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points. The club is three points behind the conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers so the Winter Classic game is going to mean a lot to both teams.
The Rangers will be back in action on Tuesday night to take on the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are playing some good hockey of their own as they are now 18-13-1 and are now sixth in the East.
Overall, it’s great to have the Rangers picking up two points more often than not and winning in dramatic fashion.
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