Dubinsky Leads the Rangers to a Victory Over Defending Stanley Cup Champions
By Eric Bancker
The Rangers were aware coming into last nights game that the Chicago Blackhawks posed a great test for them as the defending Stanley Cup Champions made their way to Madison Square Garden. The also knew that a win could send a message to the rest of the league to prove that they were the real deal. The Rangers were able to pass the test with flying colors as they were able to withstand the late charge by the Blackhawks as they improved to 6-4-1 on the season.
The Rangers have been able to establish themselves as a tough defensive team this season. The Rangers now lead the NHL in both hits and blocked shots with 327 hits and 223 blocked shots on the season. They had 35 hits last night and 33 blocked shots in front of Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers seem to always have their sticks and their bodies in the passing lanes or the shooting lanes causing tons of blocked shots and errant passes.
Brandon Dubinsky continued his great start as he netted two goals last night to bring his season total to seven in eleven games. The Rangers top line was on fire once again last night as Callahan and Anisimov tallied two assists a piece. Erik Christensen added his second goal of the season, which turned out to be the game-winner, 28 seconds after Patrick Kane had tied it at two with his fourth goal of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist was once again strong on this night as he has been all season. Lundqvist made 33 saves and improved his record in his career against the Blackhawks to 4-0-2. Lundqvist made key stops late in the game to preserve the Rangers one goal lead. The only real blunder on Lundqvist’s part last night was the goal that he gave up to Patrick Kane. Kane was at a sharp angle and just threw the puck at the net, Lundqvist was hugging the post and it somehow made its way through his pads and into the back of the net. The Rangers were able to respond though as they picked up the slack for their netminder. Brandon Prust commented on Lundqvist’s blunder and the Rangers response after the game, “I think we owe Hank a couple still,” Prust said with a laugh. “He saves our butts a lot, and that’s why he’s the best in the league. So it’s good to get one for him.”
The Rangers seems to be playing well as a team and they seem to be doing all of the right things to get victories as they now have won five out of their last seven games. The Rangers will play again on Thursday as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers who have picked their game up lately so the Rangers will need to rest up before heading into Philly because they are in for a physical game. Nothing says hate like Philadelphia and New York so it should be a great game, expect Derek Boogaard to be back in the lineup because ever since July 1st we have heard about the potential for a fight between ex-Ranger, Jody Shelley and “The Boogeyman”.