Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/28/12

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers skates against Lauri Korpikoski #29 of the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
On a night where the lowly Islanders of all teams were able to stop the freight train that is the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Rangers gutted out a much needed win in Minnesota, 3-2 over the Wild, to extend their Eastern Conference lead to 3 points with 6 to play.  Brian Boyle had a big game for the Rangers, scoring a goal, winning key face-offs and playing a solid physical game.  Let’s get to the bullets… 1st Period The first period started off physical.  Both teams are low-scoring, physical groups and they acted like it to start the tilt.  For the first 10 or so minutes, the teams traded pedestrian scoring chances. As the period progressed, the Rangers started to sustain more pressure and create some decent scoring chances.  They fell victim to a quick whistle on a play where the puck was clearly loose in the crease, and by the time the puck had made its way to the back of the net, the play was long dead. Marian Gaborik was flying during the first period. The Rangers would finally br...
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