Rangers Keep on Rolling in Vancouver

Martin St.Louis scored his first goal as a Ranger on Tuesday in Vancouver (Getty)

Martin St.Louis scored his first goal as a Ranger on Tuesday in Vancouver (Getty)

It took a John Tortorella coached power play for Marty St.Louis to get the monkey off of his back.

St.Louis scored a short-handed goal in the third period to give the Rangers a much needed insurance goal in their 3-1 victory over the Canucks at Rogers Center Tuesday night.  It was his first since the trade deadline blockbuster that brought him to New York.

John Tortorella laughs after St. Louis' SHG. It's that or cry (MSG)

John Tortorella laughs after St. Louis’ SHG. It’s that or cry (MSG)

The Rangers continued their hot streak in Vancouver.  They’ve now won seven of their last eight games.  The win kept them three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for 2nd place in the Metro Division.  The Flyers lost in a shootout Tuesday night against the Blues.

Alain Vigneault’s shuffled lines proved to be effective and the Rangers fourth line continued to produce as Dan Carcillo tallied the games first goal at 4:59 in the first period.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, there was a price to be paid in victory.  As the game drew to a close, superstar Ryan McDonagh was plastered into the glass by Vancouver forward Alex Burrows.  Mac remained down on the ice following the hit, before skating to the locker room on his own power.  Luckily for the Rangers, according to Steve Zipay of Newsday, the injury does not appear to be serious.

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The Rangers head to Colorado on Thursday night to play the Avs, winners of their last four straight games.

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