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New York Rangers: Secondary Scoring Key for Team’s Success

February 13th, 2013 at 12:21 PM
By PJ Foti

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Coming into the shortened season, New York Ranger fans were excited about what the team's super line of Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash would do. They didn't disappoint combining for 19 points through the first few games, but went stone cold after causing the team to slide.

Rangers head coach John Tortorella split them up, a little bit at least, and the Rangers have been firing on all cylinders en route to three straight wins.

They key for the team has been the secondary scoring since the "Big Three" were split up.

“You can’t always rely on your top guys,” captain Ryan Callahan said yesterday before the Rangers (6-5-0) flew to Boston for tonight’s match against the powerhouse Bruins (8-1-1). “Everybody has to chip in, and when teams are successful, they have scoring throughout the lineup. It’s got to be the same way here.”

The Rangers have seen goals from Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Aaron Asham, J.T. Miller, Anton Stralman and Callahan since the lineup switch.

Hagelin has been on a hot streak as of late, netting three goals in the past two games thanks in large part to playing with Nash.

"It's being in the right spot a lot. The puck is going in now compared to before," Hagelin said Sunday. "It's not a huge difference. Obviously I didn't get off to a great start, the first three or four games, but since then I've had chances and I've been able to put them in and today they went in."

Since the switch of the lines, Tortorella has been skating all four lines throughout the game, which leads to his stars having more gas by the time the end of the game rolls around. He's grown to trust in the role players, and it has led to more scoring chances for the team as a result.

As long as the team stays hot, they'll continue on their current streak, and possibly contend for the Stanley Cup like they were expected to coming into the season.

Tags: Aaron Asham, Anton Stralman, Brad Richards, Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Hockey, J.T. Miller, Marian Gaborik, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan

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