by Patrick Hoffman on 03/25/12 at 03:23 PM ET
That has been the story for the New York Rangers all season long and has led them to the top spot not only in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, but also in the entire National Hockey League.
The Blueshirts proved once again last night that they can find ways to win without having their best stuff in a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It certainly was not their prettiest game but it was one in which they picked-up two more points to stay ahead of the charging Pittsburgh Penguins in the division and Conference.
Last night, the Blueshirts got a great performance from their leading scorer Marian Gaborik. Gaborik scored two goals (36 and 37) and was dominant offensively for his hockey club.
The team also got another solid performance out of Brad Richards. Richards picked-up two assists and also set up Gaborik’s terrific second goal of the game.
Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist made enough saves to give his team a chance to win a hockey game. He was not at his best and once again allowed three goals but made some great saves late in the third period and in the shootout to pick-up his 35th victory of the season.
With the win, the Rangers picked-up points 100 and 101 to move into a tie for first place in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. Considering the way the team has played over the last few weeks, it is hard to believe but nevertheless, it is true.
The Blueshirts will be back in action on Tuesday night to take on the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota before travelling to Winnipeg to take on the Winnipeg Jets.
The Rangers just need to continue doing what they have been doing all season long and that is finding ways to win a hockey game.
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