Thanks to two second-period goals by Marc Staal and Henrik Lundqvist
Girardi's goal 9 minutes, 41 seconds into the second period proved to be the game-winner, but it was the third-period performance of Lundqvist (nine saves in the final 20 minutes, a majority fantastic) that cemented the do-or-die victory for the Rangers.
In the end, New York relied on its defense and grind-it-out style to pull off the win.
"They're a good team," captain Ryan Callahan said after the game to NBC Sports Network. "They have a lot of offense."
Callahan and Derek Stephan, who found a seam between the legs of