by Patrick Hoffman on 11/11/11 at 11:34 PM ET
This is exactly what the New York Rangers used to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-1 at Madison Square Garden tonight.
A determined Rangers’ club came out in the third period and broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four unanswered goals. Defenseman Dan Girardi started it with a power play goal followed by a goal nine seconds later from Brandon Dubinsky (his first of the season) and just shortly after, Ryan Callahan made it 4-1 when he scored on a Hurricanes’ delayed penalty. Then with just under two minutes to go in game, Brad Richards cashed in on a giveaway by Hurricanes’ netminder Cam Ward to seal the team’s sixth straight victory overall and fifth straight win on home ice.
After a slow start to this game, the Rangers put the pressure on the Hurricanes and kept it up for the rest of the hockey game. The team had just 8 shots in the first period but because of their willingness to put pucks to the net, drive to the crease and get in good position, they ended up finishing the game with 40 shots on goal.
Dubinsky had a solid game for the Rangers. He showed confidence with the puck, made some great plays for his linemates and now that he got his first goal of the season, will definitely have less pressure on himself heading into the team’s next game.
Rangers’ pest Sean Avery also had a good game for the Blueshirts. He picked up his first goal of the season, drew a few penalties and had a positive impact on the ice for his hockey team.
As always, Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist gave the team the goaltending they needed to win the hockey game by making 35 saves. He was one of the main reasons the Rangers’ escaped the first period scoreless as he made 14 saves.
The Rangers will be back in action on the Island on Tuesday night to take on the New York Islanders. While the Rangers may have lost to the Islanders in their first meeting of the season, this is a much different Rangers’ hockey club that will be visiting Long Island on Tuesday night.
If the Rangers play with the determination they did tonight against the Hurricanes, it could be seventh heaven in Long Island.
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