by Patrick Hoffman on 04/03/11 at 05:39 PM ET
Almost a year ago, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers in a shootout, sending their team into the playoffs and the Blueshirts home for the playoffs and off-season.
Today, the New York Rangers turned the tables on the Flyers and defeated the Broadstreet Bullies 3-2 in a shootout, giving them points 88 and 89 on the season. With the two points, the Blueshirts now find themselves in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with one more point than the Buffalo Sabres and three points more than the Carolina Hurricanes, who play each other this evening at 5:00 p.m.
Rangers’ forwards Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski, two guys who haven’t played great as of late, got the two shootout goals for the Blueshirts and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who made 32 saves on the afternoon, went two for two in the shootout in picking up his 34th win of the season.
It was a game in which the Blueshirts showed their mettle and played tough, blocked a lot of shots, were smart on the penalty kill and were not afraid to throw the pucks at Flyers’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. They played a typical road-style hockey game and in doing so, picked up their 24th road win of the season, tying the franchise record they set back in 1994.
It was nice to see Rangers’ defenseman Bryan McCabe put in a power play goal with a great shot from the point. This is what the Blueshirts were missing all season and come playoff time, if the Rangers get in of course, could come very handy when the team has the man advantage.
It was also great to see the team sticking up for one another today. After Ruslan Fedotenko was hit cleanly by Flyers’ defenseman Braydon Coburn, Brian Boyle went at it with Coburn. The team also did a solid job of protecting Lundqvist, especially in the early going after Daniel Carcillo took an extra whack at him.
As I posted earlier, this was a must win for the Blueshirts and they did just that. With that said however, the team now has to focus on tomorrow night’s game at Madison Square Garden when they take on the Boston Bruins in what will be another important tilt for the Blueshirts.
Tomorrow night, the message to the Rangers should be the same as it was this afternoon: win!
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