by Patrick Hoffman on 10/24/10 at 12:29 PM ET
Last night was a great example of a perfect road hockey game displayed by the New York Rangers.
They got two quick goals from Artem Anisimov and Alexander Frolov and an insurance goal by Marc Staal in the second period to defeat the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. With that said, the win would not have been possible if not for the play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist made 35 saves on the night and did everything he could to make sure that his hockey club came out of the game with two points rather than one. This was a game where Lundqvist put it all together and finally had the support in front of him to be able to do so.
For the Blueshirts, it’s two straight tough road wins against formidable opponents and in this league, we all know that every two points matters.
Tonight, the Blueshirts head back to Madison Square Garden where they will take on a struggling New Jersey Devils hockey club. For both teams, this will be their second game in as many nights and for the Devils, it will be one in which they will have to rebound from a 6-1 drubbing at the Prudential Center at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres.
One would have to assume that after being a healthy scratch last night, Devils’ head coach John MacLean will insert star Illya Kovalchuk back into the Devils line-up.
On back-to-back nights, this will be a test for the Blueshirts to see if they can be consistent in back-to-back games. As we all know, establishing consistency early in the season could go a long way come April.
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