Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rangers extend Penguins lead

New York Rangers have been in decent form in recent outings and their 3-2 win over Minnesota Wild on Tuesday has helped the side extend their lead to three points over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers have Marian Goborik, Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko to thank for the win, with the latter getting his name on the scoresheet with just over six minutes of the game remaining in Minnesota, against a resilient Wild outfit.

Henrik Lundqvist was once again a dominant presence in the Rangers goal and he was pleased with the win on the road, as New York – favourites in the ice hockey betting -  strengthened their position in the Eastern Conference.

He said: "It's in our hands still. So as long as we focus on our job and do the right things, then we'll be fine.”
The Rangers will have their close neighbours the New York Islanders to thank for putting them in their current strong position, after they managed to beat Pittsburgh 5-3 to leave the standings at 103-100 in favour Lundquist and his team-mates.

As for Minnesota they will have been disappointed to have come so close to getting a result against the Rangers on their home patch only to leave with nothing.

The Wild’s Kyle Brodziak admitted his side just lacked that bit of know how when it came to getting ahead in the encounter, which saw Minnesota come from behind twice.

He said: "It's just the little mental lapses we've got to get rid of.

"We have a jersey to represent, and we have fans that come out and support us and there's a lot of reasons to keep playing and keep working as hard as we can."

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