The New York Rangers are in agreement that being in first place at the two-day Christmas break doesn't guarantee anything come April.
But after three wins in four nights against Atlantic Division foes, the Broadway Blueshirts are more than happy to be on top of the pack.
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his second win over powerful Philadelphia this season, and rookie defenseman Stu Bickel had two more assists for the Rangers, who beat the Flyers 4-2 on Friday night.
Though only 33 of 82 games have been played, the Rangers trail just the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference -- and the gap is one point.
''There is something to be said for that,'' captain Ryan Callahan said. ''We're right there at the top, and that gives us confidence going forward. There's still a lot of hockey to be played, and we haven't seen our best yet.''
Rangers coach John Tortorella is pleased with his team's performance and how the club responded to this week's challeng...