by Patrick Hoffman on 10/25/10 at 09:00 AM ET
Look out folks but after defeating the New Jersey Devils last night 3-1 at Madison Square Garden, the team is now 4-2-1 and has won three straight games.
I know it’s early in the season but six points is six points and as you know, every point is important in the National Hockey League. Last night against the Devils, the team earned two points by playing a smart game at home, throwing pucks on net (34 shots), and getting great goaltending once again from Henrik Lundqvist, who made 27 saves to pick up his second straight victory.
The team got a tremendous effort out of the Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky (1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points) and Ryan Callahan (1 goal) line. The line drove hard to the net, kept the puck in the opponent’s zone for stretches at a time and scored two of the team’s three goals.
When looking at this game, you also need to give credit to the club;s defense. Michal Rozsival played another great game and Michael Del Zotto had a team high 28:38 in ice time with hits, 4 shots, and was also a + 2.
After the game, Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said the following to team web beat writer Jim Cerny:
“We have talked a lot about just trying to continue to create an identity of how we are going to play and who we are as a team,” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. “Along the way when you build that and you get some wins, I think it’s an easier sell as far as what we want to do as a hockey club, how we are going to play the game.”
Winning is contagious and right now, the Blueshirts have found a way to do it three straight times with two road wins against the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and last night’s home ice victory (first of the season) against the Devils. Again, every win in this league means something so the Rangers need to continue to find ways pick up wins.
That will especially be true this week as the team takes on the Thrashers and Hurricanes at the Garden on Wednesday and Thursday night, respectively, before traveling to Toronto on Saturday for an Original Six matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For now, the Rangers’ organization and its fans should be proud of their team and be happy that this winning streak has gotten the team going again.
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