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Definitely Tougher

It appears that I did not miss much while I was on vacation when it comes to the New York Rangers.

The team did not trade for Rick Nash, did not get Zach Parise or Ryan Suter and really made no significant moves to help upgrade their rosters. Instead, the team lost perhaps one of their better players in the postseason in Ruslan Fedotenko to the Philadelphia Flyers while also losing Brandon Prust to the Montreal Canadiens.

With that said, the team definitely got a bit tougher by signing Arron Asham (has now played for all five Atlantic Division teams) and Taylor Pyatt. While I do not exactly agree with the Asham signing, Pyatt might be a good one for the Blueshirts.

Pyatt can produce every once in awhile (scored four in the postseason), can hit, can fight and can play a physical brand of hockey. At just 30 years of age, Pyatt has played in well over 700 NHL games and has fulfilled his role on the teams he has played for.

It was also nice to see the team re-up with defenseman/forward Stu Bickel. Bickel proved last season that he can get the job done in either role and was certainly a nice surprise on John Tortorella’s club this past season.

Other than that, there is nothing much doing in Rangerland. No offense has really been added and for a team that really needs it, that could end up hurting in the upcoming season.

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View from the Top

That is exactly what the New York Rangers have after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 4-2 last night at Madison Square Garden.

The team came out and played an almost perfect home game by cashing in on their opportunities, never quitting on plays, forechecking, playing solid defense, and getting terrific goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Put these all together and you have another solid win on home ice.

With the win, the Rangers are now tied with the Flyers for the Atlantic Division lead and are second in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Boston Bruins. Not bad for a team that no one knew just how good they were going to be or what they were capable of.

For starters, the team was certainly good at deflecting pucks past Flyers’ netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. Derek Stepan did just that on the team’s first goal in the second period when he deflected defenseman Stu Bickel’s shot from the point and surprised Bryzgalov to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead. The goal was put under a review but because Stepan’s stick was below the crossbar, the goal counted.

Ruslan Fedotenko did the same thing and his goal was also under review because it was first thought that the team hit the crossbar. However, after reviewing the play, the puck hit the back bar inside the net and the Rangers went up 2-0.

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Getting the Job Done

That is exactly what the New York Rangers did tonight in their 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.

The team got strong performances from the likes of Marian Gaborik (1 goal), Brandon Dubinsky (1 goal and 1 assist), Anton Stralman (2 assists), and netminder Martin Biron (24 saves on 26 shots). With the win, the team improved to 20-8-4 on the season to move within two points of the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers, who the team will take on tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

Believe it or not, it was important for the Blueshirts to win tonight’s tilt. This game could have easily been a “trap game” for the Rangers and one that they would somehow find a way to lose. Instead, the team played hard, battled to the end, showed that they have depth and picked up two important points in the standings.

The club also showed just how lucky they are to have a goaltender like Biron. Biron is one of the league’s best back-ups and because he has played so well this season (7-1, 1.84 goals against average, .933 save percentage and 1 shutout), it gives team head coach John Tortorella to rest starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist more, which will be extremely important come April.

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