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Step It Up

The New York Rangers need to do that with their play tonight against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

After all the hockey action this weekend, the Rangers are just now one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Atlantic Division- and Eastern Conference- lead. Oh yeah, the Philadelphia Flyers are not playing too badly either as they are now just three points behind the Blueshirts.

The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche over the weekend. The team fired 42 shots at Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov but Varly was tremendous in turning aside 41 of them.

With that said, and it has been mentioned before, this Rangers’ team needs more offense. Right now, the only line that is producing is the Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin line. Other than that trio, the offense has been extremely quiet.

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Varlamov Steals One at MSG

Sometimes, all a hockey team needs to win a game is good goaltending.

That is exactly what the Colorado Avalanche got tonight from their netminder Semyon Varlamov in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. Varlamov stymied the Blueshirts in making 41 saves on the night.

Varlamov was calm, cool, and collected in between the pipes tonight for his hockey club. He was able to control rebounds, had an excellent glove hand, recovered to make second and third stops and was the main reason why the Avalanche won tonight.

For the first time in the last few weeks, the Rangers were getting offense from all of their lines. No one was afraid to shoot the puck tonight, the team crashed the net but unfortunately, were only able to beat Varlamov once on 42 shots.

While it was the team’s second straight loss, one that has allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to stay two points behind the Blueshirts after beating the New Jersey Devils this afternoon, there were some other good things to come out of this game for the Rangers. For starters, a healthy Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto returned to the lineup. Callahan was his usual self while Del Zotto tried to help add some more offense to the team.

Secondly, the team got a good performance out of their starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist allowed just two goals on 19 shots and played well enough to give his club a chance to win a hockey game.

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Did the Avalanche Upgrade or Downgrade their Goaltending?

Did the Colorado Avalanche improve their goaltending with Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere?

Ever since hall of fame netminder Patrick Roy retired from hockey, the Avalanche’s goaltending has never been set in stone. The team has had netminders such as Peter Budaj, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore, Craig Anderson, Jose Theodore, Andrew Raycroft, Brian Elliot, Tommy Salo, etc. Does not exactly spell stability, does it?

When looking at Varlamov and Giguere, one has to wonder the same thing. Varlamov, 22, certainly has a lot of potential. He is young, he is agile, he has played and played well in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has put up very good stats in the regular season.

With that said, he has also been injured a lot and has not played in more than 28 games in any season that he has been in the NHL. If he ends up getting hurt this season, the Avs will then have to turn to the 34-year-old Giguere.

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