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Rangers Pick Up the All-Important Two Points in San Jose

It does not matter how you get them just as long you get them.

That is what the New York Rangers were able to do last night in their 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks. It wasn’t pretty but the Blueshirts did not allow two deflection goals against to derail them en route to a victory.

At this point in the season, one point is not good enough for the Blueshirts and they showed that last night in San Jose. The team got goals from from Erik Christensen, Michael Sauer and in the shootout, got the winner from Brandon Dubinsky after Wojtek Wolski extended the shootout by scoring on Sharks’ netminder Antti Niemi in the third round of the skills competition.

The Blueshirts also got a terrific performance from their netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist made 31 saves in 65 minutes and then went and stopped five of six shots in the shootout to pick up his 28th victory of the season.

As Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said a few days ago, it is Henrik’s show now and last night, Henrik proved that he can handle it as Tortorella told the following to web site beat writer Jim Cerny after the game:

“Hank played very, very well for us, and he has to,” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. “These types of games are going to be ramped up, and, especially in the third period, that’s when we really need Hank. He stood tall tonight.”

With the win, the Rangers regained sole possession of the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 76 points. The team got some help last night from the Toronto Maple Leafs as they defeated the eighth place Buffalo Sabres and the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blueshirts will be back in action at home on Tuesday night when they take on a much different New York Islanders’ hockey club before taking on the Montreal Canadiens at the Garden on Friday night. Four big points on the line at home this week and should the Rangers grab them, the playoff picture may be a bit more clearer for the team.

 

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