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Rangers final five-minute melee nearly costs them the game

Chris Higgins scored his first goal at MSG last night in the Rangers 3 - 2 victory. Could this be the spark he needed? (Photo by Dave Perlmutter)

Chris Higgins scored his first goal at MSG last night in the Rangers 3 - 2 victory. Could this be the spark he needed? (Photo by Dave Perlmutter)

Take two points and move on.

If that were so easy than I wouldn't be here and neither would you. In reality, the journey of the NHL game is nearly as important as the destination.

For 55 minutes, the journey was pretty smooth for the Rangers. Early in the first period, they were afforded several man advantage opportunities and capitalized on one with a blast of a slap shot by Ales Kotalik from the point.

The teams went back and forth for the rest of the period as the Rangers did a good job keeping pace and playing sound positional hockey. Despite being outshot 12 - 9 and a little lax for most of the power plays, the Rangers were not scrambling and showed good signs of consistent performance for each line.

The Rangers improved through the second period, outshooting Boston 17 - 11 and staying out of the penalty box, aside from a late delay of game penalty by Marian Gaborik. This enabled the lines to continue flowing and ultimately resulted in a pretty goal by Erik Christensen.

Defender Mike Del Zotto began the breakout behind the Rangers net and made his should-be patented hail mary pass to Brandon Dubinsky near the Bruins' blueline. Dubinsky tipped the pass just out of the reach of Zdeno Chara to Christensen who broke in one-on-one with Dennis Wideman on Tuuka Rask.

Shielding Wideman with his left arm, Christensen got Rask to move enough to sneak a one-handed shot through his five hole.

2 - 0 Rangers after two periods.

For another 15 minutes the game appeared sealed. The Rangers were disciplined and giving Boston very little setup time. In fact, the entire third period only yielded five shots on goal for Boston.

But then the Rangers got comfortable.

While on the power play, the Rangers allowed Boston to gain the zone and rather than tying up sticks or taking the body ( a theme over the past couple weeks), a bouncing puck from a David Krejci shot found its way off Blake Wheeler and onto Matt Hunwick's stick and into the back of the net.

Not Henrik Lundqvist's proudest moment as the puck squirted through him, but the bouncing puck and screened view didn't help.

Just under two minutes later, the Rangers would falter again.

As Boston broke into the zone, Marc Staal took a chance and tried to slow Hunwick at the blueline. He missed completely and Hunwick broke in on Lundqvist. As Rozsival tried to recover, he fell into his netminder completely wiping him out of the play.

Michael Ryder recovered the puck in the corner and fed Wheeler who ripped a high shot over an unsettled Lundqvist.

The Garden was silenced.

But the Rangers fought back in the final two minutes led by an unlikely source.

The Blueshirt Bulletin-dubbed "Tri-State Trio" connected when Ryan Callahan tipped a Del Zotto pass to Chris Drury just inside the offensive zone. Drury chipped the puck up the boards past defender Johnny Boychuk to Chris Higgins.

Higgins broke in and faked a pass to get Rask off the post and drew the puck back quick , sliding it behind the baffled Bruin netminder.

Dejected, Boston would not be afforded another opportunity as the Rangers held on for the victory.

The victory could be an important building block as the line combinations are showing some chemistry. The Higgins - Drury - Callahan line has figured prominently over the last couple weeks and the top line has worked well with Christensen.

The third and fourth lines still need to be somewhat addressed and that will most likely happen when forward Vinny Prospal returns.

The Rangers are back in action on Wednesday as they host the Dallas Stars.

Stay tuned this afternoon for an exciting announcement here at Blueshirt Bulletin!

Posted by Dan Akeson | January 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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