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This is really what the formula was supposed to be before the season started. Henrik Lundqvist rock solid between the pipes, Gaborik picking up a goal or 2, Sean Avery annoying the ever loving shit out of the opposition, and guys like Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik, and others picking up some secondary scoring, with different guys doing it on different days. Lo and behold, the Rangers are putting that formula to work as they continue their great play as of late, with a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games, most of which the Rangers have played good to great hockey. These aren’t smoke and mirrors wins, these aren’t the wins where Henrik Lundqvist is single handedly winning us games. These are games where the team is winning, not individuals. And that has to make you at least somewhat hopeful for the rest of this season.

Still though, its only been a short while, we need to see more of this. More of perfect penalty killing. More power play goals. More blasts of the puck that beat goalies cleanly. More Sean Avery. More cow bell. More Chris Drury driving the net. More of all these things that lead to a winning formula.

Remember though, it’s not just about winning. That’s always been my mantra. Wins and losses don’t mean jack to me. It’s always about playing well. If you play well, the wins will follow, even if you lose a few here and there that you deserve to win. Likewise if you play like crap, and still get wins, the market will correct itself, and eventually you will spin into a downward spiral. Luckily the Rangers are winning while playing well. Tomorrow will be an interesting game as the Rangers come to my home town to take on an ice cold Thrashers team that, according to my friends calculations, are 4 goals away from being on an 18 games losing streak. 18 games!!! Holy Moly. Rangers need to not have a let down game here. This one screams of playing Ocho Cinco (Chad Johnson), but I for one hope the Rangers play Lundqvist. Every single time they come here they always play their backup goalie…is it really any surprise the Rangers never seem to win here? I think it would be a mistake to give Henrik a day off here. These points are crucial, and while the Thrashers may be losing a lot of games, they are definitely scoring a lot of goals, Henrik might be crucial.


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