by Patrick Hoffman on 02/11/12 at 06:41 PM ET
When it comes to any professional sport, you always want the best players on your team to play like the best and come up big when they need to.
This happened for the New York Rangers this afternoon in their 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. For the Rangers, it was their fifth straight victory over the Flyers this season.
The reason why the Rangers came away with the victory this afternoon is because their big-time players came through. For starters, the team captain, Ryan Callahan, scored a hat trick. Callahan now has 21 goals on the season.
Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards also had big games for the Blueshirts. Marian Gaborik picked-up a goal and three assists for four points while Richards also had three assists in the game.
Other forwards that came up big for the Rangers were Derek Stepan (2 assists) and Artem Anisimov (1 goal). Anisimov has really picked-up his game since being reunited with Stepan and Gaborik and now has 5 points (1 goal and 4 assists) in his last four games.
Of course, you cannot talk about this game without mentioning the Rangers’ power play. The team’s power play, which had been struggling all season long, clicked three times this afternoon.
The reason why the team was able to succeed on the power play this afternoon was because the team moved the puck with a purpose. Not one player held on to the puck for too long as they quickly moved it around to find the open man.
The team’s goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, had another strong game against the Flyers in making 31 saves. He was particularly good in the second period when he made 17 saves on 18 shots and helped his hockey club keep a lead going into the third period.
While it is great that the team won, there is no time to celebrate it as the team will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at Madison Square Garden to take on the Washington Capitals. The Capitals always give the Rangers a tough time whether they win or lose so the team will certainly need to be ready to go tomorrow afternoon.
For now, the Rangers can go home knowing that they are now six points up on the Flyers in the Atlantic Division and are just a few points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the best team in the National Hockey League.
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