Originally written on New York Rangers Center Ice Report  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 30: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers watches on against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on December 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Nassau County-  The New York Rangers earned their biggest two points of the season tonight in a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders.  In the most meaningful game against their longtime rivals in almost a decade, the Rangers gutted out the win for the two points in the standings.  Henrik Lundqvist continued his stellar play, and earned his first shutout of the 2013 season. The highly anticipated game more than lived up to the hype.  From the drop of the puck the atmosphere in the crowd was much like old scholastic rivals trading jeers back and forth.   The game itself did not disappoint, both teams fed off the crowd and played at a high energy pace the entire time.  Period by period, each team had a number of chances, but both goalies came up huge. Henrik Lundqvist was his usual self, keeping the Rangers in the game, at times by making some of those spectacular saves that only the “King” seems to make.  The frantic pace and high-energy crowd stayed engaged the entire time, this was the closest we’ve gotten to playoff hockey during the regular season thus far. In overtime Dan Girardi sniped one top cheese off a beautiful feed from Derick Brassard to get the Rangers the 1-0 victory.  Though the Islanders earned the “loser” point, these 2 points the Blue-Shirts got in the standings will reign huge.  The Rangers last seven games are all against teams that are currently out of the playoffs.  If, and WHEN,we get into the playoffs, the Rangers will be one of the most dangerous teams.  There’s just something to fear about a team that has been playing desperate hockey for over a month, and the Rangers have shown they can play that style of hockey.  

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