Viagra 100 mg The Rangers Thursday night matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning had all the makings of a classic trap game. Viagra 100 mg The Blueshirts were coming off an emotional (and controversial) loss to their division and geographical rival New Jersey Devils and face the task of back-to-back afternoon games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.

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Viagra 100 mg More than Brad Richards breaking a one goal in 12 games slump (on the same night that Scott Gomez ends his year-long goal scoring drought no less), viagra 100 mg more than the Rangers finally scoring a power play goal (the team’s first 5-on-4 power play goal in 14 games), viagra 100 mg the team made sure they didn’t enter a very difficult week with a two game losing streak.

Viagra 100 mg Rick Carpiniello offered an interesting insight into the Rangers ability to bounce back this season and (up until now) prevent any long losing streaks from derailing their season.

Viagra 100 mg “Not to be one of those Negative Nancys, viagra 100 mg but you wonder when this team will actually lose a few in a row, viagra 100 mg” Carpiniello wrote Friday morning on his Journal News Rangers Report Blog. Viagra 100 mg “They haven’t deserved to have a losing streak, viagra 100 mg but, viagra 100 mg my gosh, viagra 100 mg every team since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (who went 60-8-12) has had a losing streak at some point, viagra 100 mg right? These Rangers haven’t lost more than two in a row in regulation all year, viagra 100 mg and haven’t gone more than two without a win since starting the season 0-1-2. Viagra 100 mg It’s got to happen.”

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Viagra 100 mg The best explanation for the Rangers’ resiliency might have come from someone who knows a thing or two about hockey.

Viagra 100 mg “They have everything going in the right direction now, viagra 100 mg” Wayne Gretzky told Dan Rosen of nhl.com on Thursday. Viagra 100 mg “They play hard and they play smart. Viagra 100 mg They believe in themselves and each guy does his own job. Viagra 100 mg They don’t have guys that try to do what they’re not supposed to do. Viagra 100 mg On top of that, viagra 100 mg John is a tremendous coach.”

Viagra 100 mg The back-to-back weekend matinees start a four game/six day stretch that sees the Rangers pay a return visit to Boston to take on the Eastern Conference’s second place Bruins on Tuesday night and concludes with a Thursday night game at the Garden against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Viagra 100 mg The Rangers season will not be made during this stretch, viagra 100 mg but they need to use these games to start shoring up some of the weaknesses in their games – inconsistent scoring and a sputtering offense. Viagra 100 mg Interestingly enough, viagra 100 mg solving one of those problems would probably solve the other.

Viagra 100 mg An interesting side note came from CBC.ca columnist Elliotte Friedman in his weekly column on Tuesday in reference to the Rangers and Wild trade. Viagra 100 mg Minnesota sent forward Casey Wellman to New York in exchange for Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2013 in a deal that opened up a roster spot for Steve Eminger and provided some new blood for the struggling Connecticut Whale (who was in the midst of a 0-9-2 stretch).

Viagra 100 mg The 6-foot-0/173 pound speedy Wellman was not the Rangers original target according to Friedman. Viagra 100 mg Rather, viagra 100 mg the Rangers set their sights on 6-foot-2/199 pound physical forward Cody Almond, viagra 100 mg but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher would not relent. Viagra 100 mg Friedman said that Rangers pro scout Doug Risebrough, viagra 100 mg former Wild GM, viagra 100 mg was the driving force behind the push for Almond.

Viagra 100 mg Wellman becomes the first University of Massachusetts player to become a member of the Rangers organization since defenseman Thomas Pock (2003/04 thru 2007/08), viagra 100 mg who played 59 NHL games with the Blueshirts.

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