Rangers shutdown and shutout Oilers to up streak to three games (NYR 2 v. EDM 0)

Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist shutout the Oilers 12.14.14 (AP: Jason Franson)

Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist shutout the Oilers 12.14.14 (AP: Jason Franson)

The Rangers sacrificed offense in order to put forth a total defensive effort for their 7th shutout of the year.

RANGERS 2 v. OILERS 0

NYR at EDM 12.14.14 (ESPN)

NYR at EDM 12.14.14 (ESPN)

In what many felt was a snooze-fest, what I saw was a jet-lagged Rangers team playing their 2nd game in back to back nights. NY flew 2400 miles to Vancouver and then hopped a plain for another 500 miles to Edmonton. The Blueshirts focused on defense first against an Oilers team looking to take advantage of a squad that just traveled across the continent.

The King was extremely happy to get the call in back to back nights, citing the need to get into a mental flow. Lundqvist was even more elated with the Rangers effort. “We were patient,” he explained, “they were waiting for us to make mistakes so that they could counter but we did a good job of playing a smart hockey game.”

Last night, Henrik Lundqvist only needed 16 saves for his 5th shutout of the year (55th career). Oilers coach, Dallas Eakins recalled how the Rangers summoned up their old ways with 21 shot blocks. “The Rangers a few years ago took on that mentality of shot blocking where nothing was ever going to get through. It seemed like they were able to block a ton of shots and we weren’t able to get them through.”

Dan Girardi scored late in the first period and it would hold up all the way through. Fittingly, Carl Hagelin picked up a D. Moore blocked shot and took it in for an empty netter. The captain of the Rangers, Ryan McDonagh was pleased with the win but wanted better.

“We probably were a little too sloppy,” the young captain said, “we didn’t get the puck behind their defense as much as we did against Vancouver.” Ultimately his team found a way to win a game they probably would’ve lost only a few weeks ago.

The Rangers look to extend their winning streak to 4 games on Tuesday in Calgary.

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