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Lundqvist Shines in Rangers 5-2 Victory Over the Penguins

Questionable coming into this afternoon’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist put on a show in Pittsburgh in a 5-2 Rangers’ victory.

Lundqvist was brilliant in making 38 saves and picking up his 31st victory of the season. He was able to control his rebounds, make second and third stops when he needed to and provided the kind of goaltending that any team needs to win a hockey game.

For someone who had a stiff neck, Lundqvist was a warrior for the Blueshirts and showed his club just how much he means to them and in turn, how much he needs them to help him in order to succeed. The team was able to do just that this afternoon and now, have a four-game winning streak.

With the win, the Rangers now have 82 points and are up four on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres (who also play today) in the Eastern Conference. The win also puts the Rangers just three points behind the sixth place Montreal Canadiens so the Rangers are making noise at the right time.

Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan also had a big game for the Blueshirts. He picked up the game winning goal with his 23rd of the season on a power play he created off a high-stick. Callahan also was great on the team’s penalty kill in the final minutes of the game before setting up Brandon Dubinsky’s empty net goal and on the afternoon, finished with three points.

Dubinsky also had three points and did a good job of protecting his teammates and contributing offensively and on the defensive side of the puck when he needed to.

The team also had some success on the power play scoring two goals. As I have said over and over again, special teams play is going to be huge in the playoffs so if the Blueshirts can continue working on it and have some success, it could go a long way come April.

The Rangers will be back in action on Tuesday night when they are at home to take on the Florida Panthers. This is a potential trap game for the Rangers as they sometimes play to a lower team’s level.

With that said, if the Rangers can find a way to win, they’ll find themselves on a five-game winning streak and closer and closer to solidifying a playoff spot, which in the end, is all that matters.

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Evilpens's avatar

Brilliant my ass !!! Pens couldn’t score at a Nymphomaniac Convention withouyt Sid, Geno & Letestu

Posted by Evilpens on 03/20/11 at 04:25 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

The Rangers are far inferior to the Penguins. The only way the Rangers can beat them is if the Penguins play stupid, like today for example.

Posted by cs6687 on 03/20/11 at 04:33 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

When you Have Staal & TK on the Top PP unit that should tell you all you need to know about the Pens

Posted by Evilpens on 03/20/11 at 04:37 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

The power play is the only thing has me concerned about the Penguins. I would take them against anyone in the East right now in a playoff series with the exception of the Flyers. With Crosby healthy, the Penguins could be the favorite from the East.

Posted by cs6687 on 03/20/11 at 04:42 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

Come on, now fellas…you gotta give credit where credit is due.  Lundqvist played a helluva game today, too.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 03/20/11 at 04:47 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Lundqvist was good, yes. He’s the reason why the Rangers are a playoff team. Honestly, I can’t see the Rangers doing much in the playoffs. There’s no impact player. Gaborik is not what he used to be or can be.

Posted by cs6687 on 03/20/11 at 04:48 PM ET

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I think pens fans overestimate their teams success this year.If johnson doesnt stand on his head the first 12 games this year, crosby goes on a tear for 25 games and fleury doesnt play lights out like he has for 35+ games theyre a 4 to 8 seed even with Sid and Geno.Fleury has been their best player in a tie with sid who was on a great pace but lets be honest he would not keep it up as second half games become so important the checking is ultra tight guys like stamkos ovechkin and sedins have felt it but malkin and crosbys contract have handicapped this team for year to come and are fortunate they got a cup when they did because unfortunately dont see anymore for them with this core.Just my humble opinion

Posted by Ru Kidding on 03/20/11 at 07:08 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

So you’re saying if the Penguins best players weren’t their best players, the Penguins wouldn’t be as good as their current record? That’s some dangerous thinking there.

Posted by cs6687 on 03/20/11 at 07:24 PM ET

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