The Blue Shirts started the season off in style with six straight wins, and 11 out of 13 games. New York sent three players along with head coach John Tortorella to this season’s All-Star Game in Ottawa. The Rangers were also selected to play in this year’s Winter Classic game on January 2, which they played and beat their division-rival Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 outdoors at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the closest player the Rangers have to a superstar, is currently first in the league with six shut outs and fifth with with 24 wins.
This year’s Rangers squad, unlike the ‘94 championship team, consists of mostly of younger and faster skaters. Both RW’s Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan lead the Rangers with 48 and 41 points respectively through just 54 games played. The Rangers at week’s end, led the eastern conference with 77 points and have the best home record as well. The highlight of the year for the Blue Shirts came on January 21, when they went into Boston and beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in overtime 3-2. Other highlights include when they shut out the Canucks on the road 4-0 on October 18 and beat the San Jose Shark 5-2 at home two weeks later, both teams are division leaders and two of the best in the league. This past weekend in a span of just 24 hours, the blue shirts beat two of the top teams in the league to make some serious noise around the NHL. First they beat division rival flyers 5-2 on the road on Saturday, then returned home to beat the Capitals 3-2 on Sunday.