by Patrick Hoffman on 03/06/11 at 05:52 PM ET
In today’s 7-0 white-washing of the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Rangers won by playing the kind of hockey that made them so successful earlier on in the season.
They forechecked, they hit, they blocked shots, they allowed their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to see the puck, they cleared rebounds and they got timely goal scoring. Normally, this is a good recipe of success for any team in the NHL but for the ost part, this has been a big part of the Rangers’ identity when they have won games this season.
This afternoon’s Ranger of the game was easily Ryan Callahan. Callahan picked up his first career hat trick en route to a 4-goal and 5-point game for the Blueshirts. He drove hard to the net, used his quick release to beat Flyers’ netminder Brian Boucher and with his hard work, managed to crack the 20-goal mark.
The team also got solid performances out of Vaclav Prospal (2 assists), Mats Zuccarello (2 goals), Artem Anisimov (1 goal and 1 assist) and Lundqvist (24) saves, who picked up his league-leading ninth shutout of the season.
With the victory, the Blueshirts now lead the eighth place Carolina Hurricanes by three points and ninth place Buffalo Sabres by four points. Obviously, it was also an important home victory for the Blueshirts after being swept at home this week by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild.
It was also nice to see the Rangers’ wearing their white uniforms at home. It was how I grew up watching the team (I will be 28 years old on March 31) and something I wish the NHL would get back to doing. May be the team wore white because they have had so much success in those jerseys on the road this season.
The Blueshirts will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on the Anaheim Ducks before taking on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. With four points on the line, it will important that the Rangers take as many points as they can get to keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings.
For now, the team and its fans should enjoy the fact they beat and shutout the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers with an excellent display of Rangers’ hockey.
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