by Patrick Hoffman on 11/16/10 at 11:24 AM ET
Going into last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center, New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist knew that he would have to be at his best.
He was just that last night for the Blueshirts who escaped Pittsburgh with a 3-2 overtime victory on a goal by Ryan Callahan off a great move and pass from Brandon Dubinsky. It was a game that would test the Rangers’ mettle and while not passing with straight A’s, they were able to pick up two points.
As I mentioned above, this game was all about Lundqvist. Lundqvist made 37 saves in stopping the likes of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and others. He was lass than three minutes away from a shutout until Chris Kunitz tied the game up at 1-1 and then Matt Cooke made it 2-1.
The Rangers’ showed that they could come back last night as Brandon Dubinsky set up Marc Staal with less than a minute to go to tie the game at 2-2 to send it into OT before Callahan completed the comeback and sent the Rangers home with two big points and their third straight win.
Playing in a back-to-back situation after beating the Edmonton Oilers 8-2 the day before, this was a potential game where the Blueshirts would respond poorly. Luckily, they didn’t and showed that they can be competitive against teams with more talent than them.
Tomorrow night, the Rangers will be back in action at Madison Square Garden to take on Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins, who are coming off a 3-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils.
If the Blueshirts win tomorrow night, that would be their fourth win in a row and put them in good position when they hit the road for games against the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.
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