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It’s a pretty simple recipe. When you’re playing an injury depleted team that isn’t playing their best hockey, you need to take the battle to them. You can’t let them hang around, or let them dictate the play, like the Rangers did in Atlanta. You go at them, go at them hard, and go for the jugular. Now, while the Rangers didn’t exactly kill the Bruins, anyone who watched this game knows the Rangers were the better team from pretty much minute 1. Sure the Bruins had a few surges along the way, but that’s true of every game you will ever play, no team is going to simply sit back and take an ass kicking.

So there is a lot to be happy about after todays win, and while I was not so happy about the game here in Atlanta, the Rangers are still 8-1-3 in their past 12, and that is something to be very pleased about, even if their schedule has been very favorable during that stretch.

I did want to comment on the 800lb gorilla in the room that I have more or less stayed quiet on, and that has been Christensen centering the first line. I was pretty ambivalent to Christensen even being on the roster prior to the move to the first line. He really didn’t do all that much to make me notice him besides playing a good well rounded game. But you most definitely have to be impressed with the way he has played on the top line. Not only has he distributed the puck well, he has also put the puck in the net himself, and, more importantly, he’s not just getting points by giving the puck to Gaborik and getting the eff out of the way a-la Prospal (not that there is anything wrong with that, a goal is a goal). He’s getting everyone involved in the offense, and Brandon Dubinsky has reaped the rewards. Dubinsky has 5 goals and 7 assists in his past past 10 games. This is thanks in large part to being shifted to wing which has allowed his straight ahead game blossom. I recommended the same thing (moving Dubi to wing) early in the season when I proposed a first line of Dubinsky – Anisimov – Gaborik. I still feel that is a worthwhile lineup to try at some point, but for now you can’t break up this trio.

It will be interesting to see what the Rangers do when Prospal comes back, I for one would put him on the 3rd line to try to shake up that trio (Kotalik, Anisimov and Avery). But it’s a good problem to have. No postgame wrap for the Tuesday game against the Devils since I don’t get Versus anymore.


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