Biron Guides the Rangers to a Much-Needed Win
The Rangers came into Toronto having lost three straight since their win opening night in Buffalo. They were also six days removed from losing to Toronto on their home opener in overtime. Even though that game ended in overtime the Leafs dominated the Rangers in every phase of the game. The Rangers were looking for redemption and they played the best game of their season and came away with a much-needed win.
The Rangers put together a complete 60 minute effort last night, they put on a shot blocking clinic as they blocked 30 shots and the defense looked great. Biron wasn’t called on time after time to make big saves like Henrik Lundqvist has been over the past few games but when Biron was needed he stepped up big. His biggest save came about a minute after his shutout bid had ended. The Leaf’s Kris Versteeg came in on a breakaway and Biron made a big right pad save to preserve the Rangers lead.
With the losses of superstar Marian Gaborik(2-4 weeks, separated shoulder), captain Chris Drury(6 weeks, fractured finger), and veteran forward Vaclav Prospal(6-8 weeks, knee surgery) the Rangers have big holes in their offense and are looking for their secondary guys to step up. Ruslan Fedotenko, who spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and made the team through an invite to training camp, scored his first goal as a member of the New York Rangers in the 1st period of last nights game. Fedotenko charged the net and shoveled home a loose puck to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. 61 seconds later the Rangers, Artem Anisimov, took a nice feed from Michal Rozsival and got the Rangers out to an early 2-0 lead. The play was setup by a nice back pass by Ryan Callahan to Michal Rozsival, Rozsival then sent a perfect pass into the crease for Anisimov to snap home.
The Rangers are now 2-2-1 heading into Boston tomorrow to take on the Bruins. These games are always fun and they are always low scoring affairs. Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net on Saturday and he is always dominant against Boston, in his career he has compiled a record of 13-4-2 with a 1.39 goals against average and four shutouts. Those stats are just incredible, Lundqvist probably wishes he could play against the Bruins 82 times a year. Nevertheless, the Rangers will be looking to build on this good game in Toronto. They are in a three-way tie for third in the Atlantic Division with New Jersey and Philadelphia and if we have learned anything about the Atlantic division, it’s that its one of the most competitive divisions in hockey so getting points now is vital. The Rangers don’t want to get caught in a situation like they did last year where they lost in their last game of the season to the Flyers and they missed making the playoffs by one point as the Flyers captured the 7th seed in the conference, the Flyers also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year from that 7th spot.