by Patrick Hoffman on 10/30/10 at 10:56 PM ET
As I mentioned in my previous blog, the New York Rangers needed to go out and play a perfect road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Mission accomplished as the Blueshirts shutout the Leafs 2-0 thanks to terrific performances from the likes of Henrik Lundqvist (36 saves), Ryan Callahan (penalty shot goal), and Brian Boyle (1 goal). and Bradon Prust.
What else is left to say about Lundqvist? He played great last night in a losing effort and tonight, he absolutely shut the door on the Leafs, especially in the second and third periods when the Leafs had sustained pressure in the Blueshirts’ zone. Yes, he allowed four goals last night but ever since making the start in Boston a week ago, Henrik has been on top of his game.
Ryan Callahan has also been terrific for the Blueshirts. With his penalty shot goal tonight, Cally now has 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in 10 games. Not only is he contributing offensively, but he also throws a lot of hits, blocks a lot of shots and creates plenty of scoring opportunities.
Brian Boyle does not get enough credit. Boyle only had four goals last season. Well, through his team’s first 10 games this season, he has four goals and is playing on the team’s third line. He’s got soft hands, goes hard to the net, and hustles back to his own zone to break up plays and blocks shots.
Speaking of blocked shots, the team blocked probably close to the 30 in helping their netminder pick up his 25th career shutout. That’s called sacrifice and the team needs to do it more often to help out their goaltenders.
So, Rangers’ fans can breathe easier tonight knowing their team is now 5-4-1 and having a chance to beat the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
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