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Goal Line Report

Tough Loss Despite Great Effort From Team’s Top Line

The New York Rangers played a solid enough home game last night to win.

Unfortunately, they came up short in losing the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-3, despite taking 43 shots and Hurricanes’ netminder Cam Ward.

The team got a terrific performance out of the Brandon Dubinsky (1 G, 1A), Ryan Callahan (1G, 1A), and Artem Anisimov (1A) line. Both Dubinsky and Callahan scored goals while Anisimov showed great support by going after the puck, taking hits, getting the pukc to his linemates and putting himself in good scoring position to create opportunities.

This continues to be the top line for the Blueshirts and it shows by how much head coach John Tortorella is putting them out there. The head coach said the following to team web site beat writer Jim Cerny after the game:

“They continue to be our best and most consistent line night after night,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said. “I liked a lot of what I saw from our team (Friday) night. There are things we have to fix, but there are a lot of good things there.”

The team also got a 34-save effort out of their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. As always, Lundqvist did everything he could to give his team a chance to win but some defensive miscues around the net did him and the team in.

Tonight, the New York Rangers get set to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just nine days ago, the team went into the ACC and defeated the Leafs by a score of 2-1 with a great effort from back-up goaltender Martin Biron.

In tonight’s game, the team will go with Henrik Lundqvist as the club looks to get back on the winning-track with what will hopefully be a smart road game.

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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.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.