by Patrick Hoffman on 11/04/11 at 10:12 AM ET
The New York Rangers have started a bit of a winning streak after deating the Anaheim Ducks last night 2-1 in a shootout, giving them two straight wins in as many games.
Much like when the two clubs met in Sweden back in early October, this was an exciting game that saw timely goal scoring, some good physical play and great goaltending from Jonas Hiller and Henrik Lundqvist. The only thing that was different was that the Rangers turned the tables and won in a shootout on Marian Gaborik’s (yes, you read that right) goal.
Believe it or not, the Rangers probably could have won this game in the third period or even in overtime. Ryan Callahan had a clear breakaway in the third period and was absolutely stoned by Hiller. In overtime, the Rangers’ created a tic-tac-toe play with Gaborik, Michael Sauer and Ryan McDonagh but McDonagh put the puck wide over the net.
There were a few positives last night. For starters, Gaborik was terrific. He got plenty of ice time, had 7 shots on goal and looked like an offensive force out there.
Secondly, Lundqvist was solid between the pipes. He had been struggling to get wins this season so it was nice to see him pick-up his first home win and do so in making 27 saves, including 15 in the third period.
The Blueshirts will take their two game winning streak into the Garden tomorrow night to take on the Montreal Canadiens. It will be interesting to see if Avery is back in the lineup because if he is, he will more than likely get a nice reception from the home crowd and will hopefully play within himself.
With two straight wins at home, the Rangers have a chance to go over .500 on home ice and extend their winning streak even further.
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