The New York Rangers (26-9-4) have won nine of their last 10 games with the latest coming in Steel City in a 3-1 decision against the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-14-4) on Friday night. Since October 29th the Blueshirts have been red-hot posting a record of 23-6-2.
Improving to a 5-0-1 record in the second game of back-to-back games this season, the Rangers continue to attack on every opportunity given to them to score points. Brad Richards (15) was able to pounce on a golden opportunity to tie the game up at one before the end of the first period.
Richards was able to cash in thanks to a wicked shot taken earlier on by Brandon Dubinsky (16), to help lead New York to a 1-1 tie at the 18:17 mark. In the second period ’Dubi’ (5) was rewarded with a goal of his own, as the center scored on a short-handed opportunity.
New York capped the victory off when Derek Stephan (9) finished off the night, by pouncing on an opportunity of his own, as teammate Marian Gaborik threw the puck at a wide-open net to have it ring off the post. Stephan immediately hustled to the puck to bang it home for the eventual 3-1 Blueshirts victory.
In the cage Henrik Lundqvist (37 saves), won his sixth straight start, using his glove and a disciplined game plan against one of the league’s top scoring teams.
The Rangers will have three days off before hosting the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. The game against the Rangers and Coyotes is slated to air on the MSG network with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Written on January 7, 2012