by Patrick Hoffman on 01/19/09 at 05:35 PM ET
Yes, yesterday afternoon’s 3-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins certainly stings but look on the bright side: the New York Rangers picked up points in four of their five road games, including wins against the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and the talented Chicago Blackhawks.
The trip saw Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist return to form, especially his statistics: 23 wins, a 2.54 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts. These numbers certainly show why he is attending this year’s NHL All-Star game in Montreal.
The team’s recent road trip also saw Chris Drury come alive as well as the continued strong play of Ryan Callahan and Nigle Dawes. Hopefully, these three will continue to play well because they are the only ones that are performing consistently on an offensive level in the past couple of weeks.
Lastly, the team got back to playing strong defense, as can be seen by these results:
- 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres
- 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators
- 2-1 win over the New York Islanders
- 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks
When the team’s defense and goaltending gets the job done, it usually means that the team is winning, even if it’s a boring one-goal game.
Tomorrow night, the team is back at Madison Square Garden to take on the Anaheim Ducks before having a week off due to All-Star weekend. Hopefully, the team can conclude their first half with a victory and roll right into the second half, where they are going to need all the points they can get.
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