by Patrick Hoffman on 04/05/11 at 12:02 PM ET
With the way that the New York Rangers dealt with injuries this season, I am not quite sure anyone thought about how much Vinny Prospal meant to the Blueshirts.
Well, they certainly do now as Prospal has been one of the most consistent Blueshirts since returning to the lineup. In 27 games this season, Prospal has 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points, which is almost good for a point a game.
Prospal was especially good in last night’s 5-3 emotional win over the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. When the team was down 3-0 in the second period, Prospal scored the team’s first two goals en route to closing out the period down by one goal.
He (Prospal) got the team going and enabled them to carry the momentum he generated in the second period into the third period. The team then went on to have one of their best periods of the season in one of the most important game of the year.
Prospal is a leader on and off the ice for this hockey club and he showed it last night. After he scored the team’s first goal to cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-1, you could see it in his eyes that something more was on the horizon for the Blueshirts and sure enough, it was a remarkable comeback and two huge points in the Eastern Conference standings.
His leadership could prove to be extremely valuable come playoff time if the Rangers end up clinching a spot within the next four to five days.
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