by Patrick Hoffman on 03/25/11 at 09:56 AM ET
Good morning folks. Unfortunately, I did not get to catch the New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators game last night as I had a hockey game of my own to play in.
With that said, I was somewhat disappointed to come home and see that the Blueshirts lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Senators, snapping the team’s five game winning streak. Yes, the Blueshirts were able to pick up an important point but as always, there were two points to be had in this game and the Blueshirts failed to get the other one.
It was nice to see that Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist had another solid game between the pipes in making 29 saves. He seems to be on top of his game and right now, that is a very good thing for the Blueshirts.
It was also nice to see Rangers’ forward Brandon Prust pick up his 12th goal of the season. Prust works hard, is not afraid to go into the corners, sticks up for his teammates, goes to the net and has shown that he can contribute offense to this hockey club.
Tomorrow afternoon’s tilt with the Boston Bruins in Boston will be a huge test for these Rangers. The Bruins are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and are coming off a big 7-0 emotional win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Looking at the standings, the Rangers’ still sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and are just two points behind the sixth place Canadiens. The eighth place Buffalo Sabres remain four points behind the Blueshirts so if the Rangers can win tomorrow afternoon, it could help to separate the seventh and eighth spots even further.
It should be a great game tomorrow afternoon between two Original Six franchises who currently hold down playoff spots in an extremely tight conference. What could be better than watching them go at it on a Saturday afternoon?
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