by Patrick Hoffman on 01/21/12 at 07:47 PM ET
For much of the season, the New York Rangers’ power play has been lackluster to say the least.
It looked like that was going to be the case again this afternoon against the Boston Bruins until overtime when the Rangers’ were awarded a five minute power play when Andrew Ference hit defenseman Ryan McDonagh from behind. It was then that Rangers’ sniper Marian Gaborik came through by beating Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory.
It was Marian Gaborik’s second goal of the afternoon, giving “Gabby” 25 goals on the season. His first of the afternoon came of a blocked shot on Carl Hagelin and he sniped one past Rask to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
This was a game that lived up to everyone’s expectations. There was lots of hitting, lots of blocked shots, great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist (32 saves) and Rask (30 saves), and had the feel of a playoff game.
This was one of the Rangers’ first real tests of the season. The Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL and in the Eastern Conference and this was a game that would show whether or not the Rangers were the real deal and were capable of winning such a hockey game.
Luckily, the Blueshirts came through and were able to pick-up their 30th victory of the season. With the win, the Rangers are still first in the East and are tied for first in the entire NHL.
While it was a big win, the Rangers need to continue using the same approach they have used all season long under head coach John Tortorella: one game at a time.
The team will be back in action on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to take on the Winnipeg Jets. After that, they will not have a game for another week due to the NHL All-Star weekend.
For now, the club will take its two points and leave Boston as a team that has proven a lot this season.
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