There is no place like the Outdoors for the Blueshirts

1/30/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Jan 29, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; Fireworks go off as the New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the New York Islanders 2-1 in the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsWhile it is starting to become a a bit more commonplace, it is not very often that an NHL team gets to play a game outdoors.

That is not the case for the New York Rangers. Since the 2011-12 season, the Blueshirts have played three outdoor games, including their two most recent games at Yankee Stadium against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders, respectively.

After completing their Stadium Series sweep last night with a 2-1 win over the Islanders and a 7-3 win over the Devils on Sunday afternoon, the Rangers are 3-0 in outdoor games. Considering the different elements they have to deal with along with the unbelievable opportunity to participate in such a game, the Rangers have found different ways to be successful in the great outdoors.

For starters, the Rangers have used their depth to be successful on the outdoor stage. In their outdoor game against the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2012, the Blueshirts got two goals from Mike Rupp, a player that normally does not find the back of the net a lot.

In their recent games against the Devils and Islanders, the team got goal scoring from the likes of Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Carcillo, to go along with the likes of Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello (two goals in the team's 7-3 win over the Devils on Sunday afternoon), and Marc Staal.

The Rangers have also found success outdoors because of their ability to play comeback hockey. Two years ago against the Flyers, the Rangers found themselves down 2-0 late in the second period until they got two goals from Rupp and the game winner from Brad Richards to win the game by a score of 3-2.

Against the Devils on Sunday afternoon, the Rangers were down 3-1 until they scored six unanswered goals to win 7-3. Last night against the Islanders, the Rangers were down 1-0 late in the second period until they got a quick goal from Pouliot before the period ended and a goal from Carcillo in the third to win the game 2-1. 

The Rangers have also gotten good goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist when they needed it the most. Against the Flyers, Lundqvist stopped 34 shots, including a penalty shot save in the third period against Daniel Briere.

In these last two games against the Devils and Islanders, Lundqvist stopped 49 of 53 shots and came away with two big victories. Lundqvist was especially good last night against the Islanders as he stopped of 30 of 31 shots and made some big stops in the third period to preserve the win.

Lastly, the Rangers have managed to keep their game simple. In their three outdoor games, the Blueshirts put pucks on net, forechecked, created turnovers and played sound defensively as these factors all led the Rangers to a victory.

While no one knows when the next time the Rangers will get to play an outdoor hockey, what we do know is that if given the chance to do so, they will find a way to win the hockey game.
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