New York-Washington: Rangers Show Pulse With Big Win Over Caps

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

After trading goals all game with the streaky Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers' final stanza ended with Ryan Callahan hitting metal but getting a lucky shootout goal.

With other teams competing for their spot in the conference, the goal was not a moment too soon, either.

The style of play tonight was strong and straight to the net. This is exactly the way the Rangers need to play if they want their goal-deprived forwards to start scoring regularly. Smart, defensive hockey is great, especially when your playing in your opponent's zone the majority of the time.

If this is what we are going to start to see from the Rangers players, bring it on!

This is exactly the passion and hunger that starts t0 snowball into five wins, ten wins, and more.

My negativity has turned to happiness (for now) and I love the strengths of this team.

Bring on Sean Avery! His agitating and getting in player's faces will only complement this sort of hockey.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for the Rangers if they continue this outstanding show of skill. The scorers are scoring, the playmakers are passing, and Aaron Voros isn't taking any dumb penalties (although I know he would love to).

Now at 65 points, they are starting to look like a respectable but dangerous hockey team, which is essential to orchestrating a deep playoff run.

Hopefully, with a little help, they can pull it off, and make this year a little more interesting.