by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/10 at 12:05 PM ET
That’s exactly what the New York Rangers did yesterday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-2.
Sure, the team got off to a terrible start in going down 2-0 in the first period but after that, both the team and its goaltender Henrik Lundqvist settled down and took care of business at home heading into a two-week Olympic break.
The team got goals from Sean Avery (penalty shot goal in the second period), Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen (2) and Chris Drury while also getting 27 saves from Henrik Lundqvist, including a few splendid ones in the second period when the Blueshirts got themselves back into the hockey game.
The win puts the Blueshirts in a tie for the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference with 63 points. Not great but according to what Lundqvist told the team’s web site after the game yesterday, the team is headed on the right track:
“What feels good is to end it like this with a strong push,” said Lundqvist. “It’s exciting to be in the race right now. It’s also exciting because we feel like we are going in the right direction.”
So for two weeks, there will be no Rangers hockey but don’t worry folks, I’ll be here posting along the way and doing everything I can to help you folks get through this break without missing the Blueshirts too much.
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