by Patrick Hoffman on 03/05/11 at 12:49 PM ET
While the New York Rangers’ have struggled at home this season, there is no doubting that things have been quite the opposite for the team on the road this year.
Last night, the Rangers went into Ottawa and defeated the Senators by a score of 4-1 for their 20th road victory of the season. For the Blueshirts, they were obviously able to put the puck in the net, cash in on their chances, play smart defense and get great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, who made 28 saves on 29 shots to earn the No. 1 star of the game.
The team got goals from Vinny Prospal, Mats Zuccarello, Artem Anisimov, and Derek Stepan. These are players that the team needs to have score more and they were all able to come through last night, especially Prospal as he now has points in his last three games and has six points in his last six games as he looks to provide his team with improtant offense down the stretch.
This game showed that the Rangers can indeed get the important goals when they need to do. For example, after Zuccarello made it 2-0 in the second period, Anisimov went in and scored to make it 3-0 just 12 seconds later. The team never allowed the Senators to get back in the hockey game.
As for Lundqvist, he was extremely steady and confident in between the pipes for the Blueshirts. He did not allow many rebounds, played on top of his crease and was there to make the big save when the team needed him to. It is extremely important that he continue to play this way down the stretch if the team wants to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs come April.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Rangers return to the house of horrors known as Madison Square Garden to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Simply put, the Rangers need to play the way they did last night against the Senators if they want to come away with the crucial two points.
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