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03-25-2010, 12:45 AM
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NEW YORK – It took them 73 games, but the Rangers have finally figured out how to crash the net. Unfortunately, with nine games to go and now five points out of a playoff spot, it may turn out to be too little, too late.

In the first 8:30 of the opening period against the rival Islanders, the Rangers got three goals and cruised to a 5-0 victory from there, outshooting the Isles 32-12 in the first two periods and 44-27 over the full 60 minutes.

“Sometimes it depends on who you’re playing, what type of defense they have, it’s tough to get in front of the net,” Henrik Lundqvist said after his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career. “When you play Boston, they’re really good at boxing guys out. Tonight we had a lot of opportunities right out in front. It’s not always up to us. Sometimes it depends on who you’re playing.”

“We had the puck more. When you have the puck more, in practice we were just talking about our power play trying to find ways to manufacture goals,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “But that’s the biggest thing for us tonight is that we had the puck.”

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