by Patrick Hoffman on 11/07/11 at 11:08 AM ET
Things certainly seem that way for the New York Rangers who finished their homestand by shutting out the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3-0.
With the win, the team extended its winning streak at the Garden and its winning streak in general to four games, to improve their record to 7-3-3 on the season. The win also enabled the Blueshirts to finish their six game homestand with a 4-1-1 record and picked up 9 out of a possible 12 points.
Last night, the Blueshirts got solid performances out of Marian Gaborik (2 goals), Derek Stepan (1 goal and 1 assist) and Martin Biron (24 saves). With the victory, Biron improved his record to 3-0 on the season while also picking up his first shutout as a member of the Blueshirts.
After getting off to a somewhat slow start this season, Stepan has really picked up his play. He now has 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists) and has shown that he can do great things with the puck. Stepan is patient, he constantly looks for the open man and he knows how to slow the play down, which he allows him to find an open teammate.
Gaborik continues to shine this season. When healthy, he is one of the best offensive players in the game and right now, he is just that for the Blueshirts. On the season, Gaborik has 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points in 13 games.
As for Biron, he simply did his job. He kept the team in the game, made the big save when he needed to and showed the team and its coaching staff that he can come in and get the job done. Biron is now 3-0 with a miniscule 0.95 GAA, a .963 save percentage and 1 shutout.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, where they hope to avenge the comeback victory the Senators had at the Garden back on October 29 in a 5-4 shootout victory. If the Rangers continue to play the way they are now, that should not be a problem.
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