by Patrick Hoffman on 11/10/11 at 02:00 PM ET
The New York Rangers’ used the offense created by the Derek Stepan line to defeat the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa last night by a score of 3-2.
Derek Stepan picked up a goal and two assists. His other linemates Marian Gaborik had two goals and Artem Anisimov picked-up two assists. In all, the line combined for 7 points and was a threat to score and create offensive opportunities every time they were out on the ice.
Gaborik is on fire. He now has 9 goals and is playing like he did in his first season as a Blueshirt. He is showing tremendous speed, a nose for the net, and of course, a terrific shot.
Stepan is also starting to put together a solid season. He has a tremendous amoutn of patience with the puck, he drives to the net and is also defensively responsible.
Anisimov has also stepped up his play. He has great hands and a lot of offensive skill to offer. He just needs to do so on a consistent basis.
For the Blueshirts, it was their fifth straight win. In their five wins, the team has outscored the opponent 18-8 while showing signs of a clicking offense, solid defense and of course, excellent goaltending from both Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves last night) and Martin Biron.
The team will be back in action tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Should the Rangers win tomorrow night, that would be their sixth straight win and fifth straight win on Garden ice.
Things are definitely looking up on Broadway as we get to the midway point of November.
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