by Patrick Hoffman on 03/10/13 at 08:11 PM ET
That is exactly what the New York Rangers played this afternoon in their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
The Blueshirts got timely goal scoring, played solid on defense, got a great game from back-up netminder Martin Biron, and did a good job at killing penalties when they needed it the most. With the exception of the first ten minutes of the game in which they looked like they were asleep, this was by far and away the best Rangers' road game of the season.
It was nice to see Rangers' forward Brian Boyle come through with his first goal of the season in the second period on a delayed penalty. On the goal, he showed patience with the puck, got into good position and showed why guys should not be afraid to put the puck on net. Hopefully, this goal will get him going.
The club also got another excellent game from Rick Nash. Nash used his size, helped create two goals and was responsible in his own end.
Another big factor in this tilt was the play of Biron. Biron was sharp in making 28 saves and did his job by keeping his team in the game, giving his club a chance to win, and stopping the pucks that he should stop.
For the second straight game, Brad Richards was able to put the puck in the net. He was in the right place and the right time and if he can get going, the team's offense will certainly be a lot more dangerous.
With the win, the Blueshirts are now currently in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. The team is just two points behind the sixth place Ottawa Senators and three points behind the fifth place Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Blueshirts have three huge road games on tap this week against the Buffalo Sabres (Tuesday night), Winnipeg Jets (Thursday night), and Pittsburgh Penguins (Saturday afternoon) before returning home to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, March 18. At least four out of six points would be another huge step in the right direction for the Rangers and if they manage to win all three games, they will be in an even better position in the Eastern Conference come the end of the week.
It may have taken some time but the Rangers are slowly but surely starting to look like the team they were last season, which could mean bad news for the rest of the East.
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