by Patrick Hoffman on 11/16/11 at 11:08 AM ET
That is what the New York Rangers are in after defeating the New York Islanders last night by a score of 4-2.
With excellent goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, great penalty killing and timely goal scoring, the Blueshirts were able to pick up their seventh straight victory to improve to 10-3-3 on the season. It certainly was not an easy victory by any means for the Rangers.
The Rangers were undisciplined last night and gave the Islanders power play chance after chance to get the lead but thanks to the stellar play of Lundqvist, the Islanders were not able to cash in. Lundqvist (31 saves) and his never say die athleticism helped the Rangers steal two points last night on Long Island.
It was also great to see Rangers’ 9-year man Brad Richards come through in the clutch with the go ahead goal with just less than five minutes to go in the hockey game. This is why the team got him and right now, at least, he is delivering.
Sean Avery had another effective game for the Blueshirts in picking up his second goal of the season and being a thorn in the Islanders’ side. He did take a questionable penalty but that did not seem to stop Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella from throwing him back out there.
The Rangers will look to extend their winning streak to 8 games when they take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night in Montreal. Should the team manage to win that one, it will be the team’s longest winning streak since when they had 7 in October of 2009.
Wouldn’t that be something?
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