Rangers Continue Winning Ways With 5-1 Victory over the Avalanche

2/5/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Feb 4, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) and New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) battle for the puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY SportsIn any NHL season, most teams will experience the ups and downs that comes with the territory of playing in a professional sports league.

For the New York Rangers, they are currently going through the ups stage of their season. With their 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts have their first four game winning streak of the season as they continue to pick-up valuable points on a consistent basis.

Last night, the Rangers did what any team should do against a club playing in back-to-back games. The Blueshirts came out and dominated from the drop of the puck.

The Blueshirts fired 20 shots at Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov and ended the period with a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from team captain Ryan Callahan. Both goals came on hard working plays and plays where Callahan was at the right place at the right time.

The Rangers letup a bit in the second period as the Avalanche worked to get their game in working order. The Rangers did score a goal though as Anton Stralman picked-up his first goal of the year.

The Avalanche managed to put one by Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist in that period as well but it could have been a lot more had it not been for the strong play of Lundqvist. Lundqvist finished the period with 13 saves, including a flurry at the end of the period that earned him a standing ovation from the Garden Crowd.

The Blueshirts finished off the Avalanche in the third period by getting goals from both Derick Brassard and Brad Richards. The Rangers never let up on the Avalanche as Brassard's goal came in the opening two minutes of the period while Richards's goal came in the last two minutes of the period.

With four straight wins, the Blueshirts find themselves in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 65 points, which is three more than both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. The division will more than likely be tight for the rest of the season so the Rangers need to do everything they can to continue to pick-up valuable points.

The team will close out the week and head into the Olympic break with games against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night and Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. The Oilers may be the second worst team in the NHL this season but they are certainly no slouches.

The Penguins, on the other hand, are the third best team in the league and continue to find different ways to win. With 82 points, the Penguins are just three points behind the league leading Anaheim Ducks so this game will be a good measuring stick to see where the Blueshirts are as they head into the break.  

Should the Rangers continue to play this way, they could very well head into the break on a six game winning streak with 12 points in their pockets. If they are able to accomplish that, this team will be in more than good shape to begin the push to the postseason, which is all that matters come April.
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