By Brett Cyrgalis
Every team in the NHL has to deal with the condensed schedule this season, because of the delayed start because of the World Cup and a newly mandated five-day “bye week” for each team.
At least at first glance, that suits the Rangers.
The numbers are clear. Sunday night’s 3-2 win over the Coyotes at the Garden followed an emotionally charged 4-2 win over the Capitals in Washington on Saturday. Now, in the previous 83 back-to-back games, going back to the start of 2010-11, the Rangers hold an astounding record of 54-23-6 in the second leg. Franchise bedrock Henrik Lundiqvst started both games in net this weekend, and is now 47-21-7 in the second game of back-to-backs.
“Sometimes it’s tough with the quick turnaround,” Lundqvist said after the game, his team getting Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday in anticipation of Wednesday night’s prime-time game against the Bruins at the Garden.
“It wasn’t our best game,” Lundqvist said, “but we had moments where we played really well and had a really strong third period that won us the game.”
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