by Patrick Hoffman on 09/11/11 at 08:44 PM ET
That has been the case for the New York Rangers through five periods at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.
After beating the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2 last night, the Rangers are currently up 3-2 over the Dallas Stars heading into the third period. Through 40 minutes, the team has done extremely well on special teams and is once again doing a great job of putting the pressure on their opponent.
The team has especially been impressive with puck possession. The Blueshirts have taken plenty of shots on goal, have been good at cycling the puck and have made a lot of crisp passes in each of three zones.
The Rangers have also received consistent goaltending from both Jason Missiaen and Scott Stajcer. They have not allowed any soft goals (so far) and have also made the big saves when counted upon to do so.
Obviously, the level of play is nowhere near that of the NHL. With that said, however, it is still competitive hockey that is played with lots of speed and physicality, two things that the young Blueshirts are excelling in at this tournament.
The future certainly looks bright for the Blueshirts, doesn’t it?
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