by Patrick Hoffman on 03/03/10 at 02:15 AM ET
It feels weird writing that considering that this was the New York Rangers’ first game since returning from the break. However, the Blueshirts came out and played a solid road game in defeating the Northeast-leading Ottawa Senators 4-1 to pick up a crucial two points and their third straight win in as many games.
Ryan Callahan, despite not really having a break since he was on Team USA, had a terrific game in scoring two goals while also being his all-out hustling self. The team also got solid performances from the likes of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves), Erik Christensen (2 assists), Brandon Dubinsky (1 goal), Sean Avery (1 goal, 1 assist) and a few others.
The team was able to score four goals without it’s leading goal scorer and point getter, Marian Gaborik, who was out with a lower body injury. This should show you that when the team plays the right way, it can score goals without having to rely too heavily on its superstar.
The win puts the Rangers just one point behind the eighth place Montreal Canadiens as the team looks and fights to nail down a playoff spot in the coming month or so.
The Blueshirts will be back in action on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Buffalo Sabres tonight. A win on Thursday could really get the Rangers going and propel them to greater things during the next month or so.
Take care everyone and let’s see what Rangers’ GM Glen Sather has in store for us over the next day!
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