by Patrick Hoffman on 01/08/11 at 01:13 PM ET
Facing one of the league’s best teams is always a daunting task in the National Hockey League for any hockey club.
With that said, the New York Rangers have proved to folks this year that they can work hard for their victories and they did just that in a 3-2 shootout win over the Dallas Stars last night in Dallas. For the Blueshirts, it was their league leading 14th road victory of the season and a victory that should prove to Ranger fans that this is a much different hockey club than last season.
Once again, the Rangers’ won with youth last night contributing in a big way. Artem Anisimov scored the tying goal mid-way through the third period with a terrific wrist shot that beat Stars’ netminder Kari Lehtonen and then in the shootout, Mats Zuccarello came through once again and scored the winning goal.
Folks, this Rangers’ team does not back down. Sure, there may be games where they are clearly outmatched but these Blueshirts always put in a good fight and do whatever they can to come away with at least one or two points. Last night, the Rangers’ were not overmatched but they were definitely facing one of the upper echelon clubs in the NHL.
Once again, defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal were the team’s No. 1 shutdown pair. They each logged around 33 minutes of ice time (yes, you read that right) and did a great job of shutting down the Brad Richards line.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had another strong game for his hockey club in making 28 saves for his 18th victory of the season. With the way Lundqvist is playing, the Rangers have a chance to win every hockey game they play.
Tonight, the team will take on another tough hockey club in the St. Louis Blues. The Blues shutout the Rangers by a score of 2-0 back in November at Madison Square Garden so the Blueshirts will be looking to even the season series tonight with a victory.
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