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Timing is Everything

That was certainly the case last night for the New York Rangers as they scored with just over a second left in overtime to defeat the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-2.

Brandon Dubinsky did all the work to get the puck into the offensive zone and feed the puck to defenseman Dan Girardi, who then fired the puck wide off the boards for defenseman Ryan McDonagh to come in and put the puck into the open side of the net. Some might say it was a set play but it was really all about the timing.

In the team’s second straight win, the Blueshirts got solid performances from the likes of Marian Gaborik (1 goal and 8 shots), Brandon Prust (shorthanded goal), and of course, Henrik Lundqvist, who made 33 saves. The club also got a terrific game out of their penalty killing unit as the team was once again somewhat undisciplined.

The Blueshirts find themselves with two straight wins on this four game Western Canada road trip and should be feeling pretty good about themselves. With that said, there are still a few things that the team needs to work on such as staying out of the box, not allowing high quality scoring chances and getting scoring from their second line.

The play of second line Artem Anisimov-Brandon Dubinsky-Ryan Callahan has not been great so far this season. It appears that the trio is still trying to find their game and hopefully, it will come soon for the Rangers because the team cannot afford to be a one-line show all season long.

The team will travel to Edmonton to take on the young and talented Oilers tomorrow night before moving on to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Monday night. If the team can win tomorrow night, that would be six out of a possible six points in three games and if they win on Monday night, they will have won four straight games heading into their home opener at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden next Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Timing is everything in this league.

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PH: While watching the game, I thought that might have been a set play at the end of OT as well, but wasn’t sure because there was little time left on the clock.  If it was a set play, it was executed perfectly.
I think Stepan played very well last night, and I can see a huge difference from last season to this season.  The NYR couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Western Canada road trip.  The six games at home will certainly be welcome by everyone in the organization and will be well deserved.
Do you think Biron gets the start against the Oilers?

Posted by William Morrison on 10/21/11 at 10:31 AM ET

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William,

It would definitely be start for head coach John Tortorella to start Biron in one of the two upcoming games. Yes, Henrik Lundqvist is playing extremely well right now but you don’t want to burn him out so early on in the season.

Time to get Biron in there as he is more than capable of winning hockey games for the Blueshirts this season.

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 10/21/11 at 10:34 AM ET

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If the team can win tomorrow night, that would be six out of a possible six points in three games and if they win on Monday night, they will have won four straight games…

Surely, you must have heard the saying, “Do not count your chickens before they’re hatched”?  Let’s take it one match at a time, shall we?

Posted by JBytes on 10/21/11 at 01:27 PM ET

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