by Patrick Hoffman on 12/17/10 at 11:37 AM ET
With their 4-3 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes last night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers have won three straight games and have improved their record to 20-13-1.
When one thinks about it, this is quite an accomplishment for a team that does not have many superstars or snipers and is getting it done the hard way. The Blueshirts are working hard, showing their grit and are making sacrifices night in and night out to pick up two points on a somewhat consistent basis.
These characteristics were present last night at MSG as the Blueshirts battled back from two goals down to force overtime and then a shootout, where Rangers’ forward Erik Christensen scored the winning goal and netminder Martin Biron (30 saves) went three-for-three en route to the victory.
For the Rangers, this week was exactly what they needed as they head into a big game in Philadelphia with the Flyers. The Flyers are the best team in the Eastern Conference with a 21-7-5 record.
Luckily, the Rangers have shined one the road this season with the league’s best road record. A win tomorrow would show hockey pundits and fans alike that the Rangers are for real this season and are not a team to be taken lightly.
With three straight wins, the Blueshirts are hungry for more and tomorrow’s key word at the end of the day could be four.
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