Rangers Defeat Capitals 3-2, Turn to Unsung Heroes for the Win

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is congratulated for his game winning save against Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes in a penalty shoot out at Madison Square Garden on January 10, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals today by a score of 3-2.

The game was a fantastic one, full of a great deal of nonstop action, the result of few penalties and serious grinding action from both Eastern Conference rivals.

Though the Rangers continued their offensive streak, they failed to find success on the power play.  With only two opportunities to do so, the Broadway Blueshirts probably aren't too worried about the lack of conversions.

This victory marks the Rangers' third straight win, earning back-to-back victories yesterday in Philadelphia against the Flyers and today in Madison Square Garden.  

For a good portion of the game, the Rangers looked confident on the ice.  They were creating many opportunities that had fans at the edge of their seats, and three found their way to the back of the net.

The red-hot Ryan Callahan, captain of the New York Rangers, opened the scoring with a beautiful backhander in front of the net.  He received an amazing pass to set this one up, and it was the culmination of solid play by all men on the ice.  The goal, seen here, marked his fifth in the past three games.

The next two goals were the result of hustle and grind, and were scored by some underrated players in the Rangers arsenal. 

Ryan McDonagh and Brandon Prust were the scorers of the tying and go-ahead goals, respectively.

Ryan McDonagh's goal came on a wicked toe drag, which was overshadowed briefly by an injury scare.  For a defenseman, it was certainly a pretty move.  A video of the effort can be found here; just click on the third highlight from the top.    

Brandon Prust's goal came on a gorgeous assist from Brandon Dubinsky.  His first since late in October, Prust was in desperate need of scoring, and he finally made it happen.  His goal turned out to be the game-winner and provided his team with some serious momentum.  It also garnered quite a crowd reaction. 

Today's game proved one thing—the Rangers do not have to rely on their "goal scorers" to win games.  They have the depth and the offensive talent to have any player, at any time, come up big and keep the team in the game. 

It has happened time and time again, but it's nice to see players not known for their offensive talent take the game into their own hands. 

This afternoon, the boys who are known for their hustle, grit and determination tasted the sweet fruit of their labor with two extremely important goals. 

As the New York Rangers continue into the next few games, which consist of important matchups with crucial points on the line, they can carry the momentum of this win with them.