by Patrick Hoffman on 12/02/11 at 11:44 AM ET
The New York Rangers are starting to show the National Hockey League that for the first time in years, they have some real offensive depth.
The club’s offensive depth really came out last night in their 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The team had five different goal scorers in Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Sean Avery and Michael Sauer.
With the win, the Blueshirts improved to 14-5-3 on the season, good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference. Believe it or not, the team is also just three points behind the Eastern Conference and NHL leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
For the Rangers, last night’s game could have easily been a trap game. It could have been one where the team played to the level of their opponent and missed the opportunity to pick up the two needed points.
Luckily, the Rangers reversed the trend and played a solid road game to pick up their fourth straight win. On the other side, it was the Hurricanes’ fifth straight loss and second under new head coach Kirk Muller.
The Rangers also got another solid performance from goaltender Martin Biron, who made 28 saves on the night for his fourth win of the season. Biron is now 4-1 with a 1.94 goals against average and a .930 save percentage, proving that he is the perfect back-up for Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
The team will be back in action tomorrow night in Tampa Bay to take on Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.
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