by Patrick Hoffman on 02/28/12 at 12:14 PM ET
This is exactly what can be said of last night’s 2-0 shutout by the New York Rangers over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
The team’s combined for just 28 shots on goal (yes, you read that right) with only two finding the back of the net. Luckily, it was the Blueshirts that found the back of the net on goals by Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.
Callahan and Hagelin have become quite the dynamic duo for the Rangers since being put on the same line. They both hustle, they both forecheck, they both go hard to the net and they both have the offensive ability to create offense.
With his goal last night, Callahan now has 25 on the season. While Callahan was a scorer in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Guelph Storm, no one was quite sure what he would be able at the NHL level. Now, it looks like he may be able to crack the 30-goal mark.
Hagelin has also been a bright spot for the Blueshirts this season. In 43 games, Hagelin has 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points. He has a tremendous amount of speed and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas to score goals, much like Callahan.
For goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, last night was a nice break as he only had to make 13 saves for his eighth shutout of the season. His biggest save came late in the third period as he made a terrific glove save on Devils’ forward Ilya Kovalchuk to keep the Blueshirts in the lead.
The Rangers will be back in action on Thursday night to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully, the team will be able to generate more offense and win another hockey game to stay on top of both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
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