by Patrick Hoffman on 11/02/10 at 02:14 PM ET
In what was a nail biter at Madison Square Garden last night, the New York Rangers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-2.
When talking about this game, besides goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of course, there are two key players to talk about: Ryan Callahan dna Brandon Dubinsky.
In last night’s tilt, Callahan picked up two assists and also blocked a few shots, threw several hits, killed penalties, played on the power play and more. He did everything for the Blueshirts.
He reminds me a bit of Adam Graves because like Graves did when he was a Blueshirt, Callahan never takes a shift off. He hustles, he goes to the net, he deflects shots, he pokes at rebounds, blocks shots, kills penalties, and more. He wears that Ranger jersey with pride and I hope that others will follow him.
Dubinsky scored two goals last night and also made a tremendous defensive play in his own zone to get the puck out with less than five seconds to go. This is a player that should be able to score between 25-30 goals with his size and hands. He’s also a player that you will give you that extra effort when you need it the most, as could be seen when he dove to clear the puck out of the zone with less than five seconds to go in the hockey game.
It’s two wins in a row for the team but they cannot rest with two big games against Atlantic Division rivals coming up against the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils. It will be the Rangers’ first time back in Philly since losing in the shootout last April so you know the team is going to want to pick up the two points. As for the game against the Devils, there is nothing left to say because that will always be a battle.
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