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New York Rangers: Holding On and Pushing Forward


Lundqvist (30) on his 2-0 shutout win over Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Lundqvist (30) on his 2-0 shutout win over Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

After this past weekend, the New York Rangers earned themselves four much needed, and well deserved, points. I really think Friday, March 21, 2014 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 were two of the best games that this team has played all season. The team was physical, controlling, strong defensively, dominating, energized and really meshing together. The chemistry was undeniable.
Henrik Lundqvist was once again living up to his nickname, “The King”. He gave up only one goal in two very high stake games. The Columbus Blue Jackets came out fighting Friday night as they are continuing to push for a playoff spot as well. The same went for the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. The Metropolitan Division is such a tight race that it really could be “anyone’s game”. On top of a big points weekend for our blue shirts, Lundqvist personally had a big weekend, setting a new record for the New York Ranger Organization. Passing Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter with 50 career shutouts.
With so much success this last weekend, there was a new contributor. Wearing the number 4, Raphael Diaz made his Ranger debut and boy, was it a good night for him. He seemed to have great chemistry with the team and he was dominating on the power play.
Let’s hope that these past two games are how the Rangers continue to play because then we could really stand a fighting chance to clinch a playoff spot. Taking on the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at 7pm and the Flyers on Wednesday, both at the Garden, this team needs to continue to do work, and with the possibility of Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis possibly missing tonight’s game due to the flu, let’s hope that it won’t effect the chemistry because we need as many points as we can possibly earn to continue to push for a playoff spot.

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