The Rangers withstood the storm, literally, from the Hurricanes last night. Up 2-1 in the third period, Carolina put up 13 shots, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to be at his best, making some incredibly difficult saves look easy. This it was Michal Rozsival’s turn to have the spotlight. Rozsival, who has been playing a lot better as of late (maybe he felt the fire under his ass), played just under 25 minutes of ice time, and blocked four shots. One of those shots just happened to be a sure-fire, game-tying goal late in the third. But Rozsival got in the way, and literally saved the game.
The Rangers did a lot of little things right last night. They won face offs (31-25), they put shots on goal (30), and they didn’t take that many penalties (only 3, which is pretty good for this team). Sure, they allowed 33 shots, but when you have Lundqvist in net at the top of his game, just clearing rebounds will suffice.
And how about that goal by Brandon Dubinsky? Was that pretty or what? Beautiful passing, great shot to capitalize.
The Rangers weren’t perfect, no team is. The key to winning is dealing with a part of your game that isn’t clicking and stepping up the other areas. The Rangers did that last night.