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Three in a Row

That is what the New York Rangers will be looking for tonight in terms of wins when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

This will be the final regular season game this year between these two teams. The series is currently split and one game apiece with tonight being the grudge match.

The Blueshirts are coming off two games in which they have had no trouble finding the back of the net. In fact, in the last two games combined, the Blueshirts have scored nine goals, with most of them coming during even strength play.

Speaking of the team's last two games, the club's defense and goaltending have been stellar. The team has allowed just two goals in that span and starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist is starting to look more like the Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender that he was last season.

With that said, the Rangers still have a few things to work on. For starters, making clean line changes. The team has already taken far too many too many men on the ice penalties this season and on the ensuing power play, the team more often than not allows a goal.

Secondly, and this cannot be said often enough, the team must get the power play going. Throw pucks on goal, crash the net for rebounds and stop looking for the perfect play because it does not exist.

Taking on the second best team in the Eastern Conference tonight in the Bruins, a win would do wonders for the team's growing confidence. It would give the Blueshirts' their first three-game win streak of the season and woudl also show that they can still beat some of the Conference's best teams.

Should the Rangers win tonight, the club will be two games over .500 and looking a lot better in what is already a tight Conference. Here's hoping the Rangers' roll to three tonight.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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