The Rangers have played inspired hockey in the past 10 days, winning three of their last four games heading into the Olympic break. According to the New York Daily News, coach John Tortorella credits the team's strong play to improved teamwork on the ice, something that will help fuel the team's playoff chances.
The Rangers' win over the Penguins on Feb. 12 reflects the team's new-found camaraderie. When the Rangers' Chris Drury and Penguins' Matt Cooke began fighting 10:35 into the first period, New York defenseman Michal Rozsival protected Drury, receiving a 10-minute misconduct for his actions.
Tortorella enjoyed the fight and his team's spirit.
"I thought it was great, I thought what Dru did was great — I wish he got some more shots in," Tortorella told the Daily News. "It doesn't matter, win or lose fights, it's a matter of standing up for yourself. … I love what he did — and the bench was 10 feet tall."
The Rangers followed up their victory over Pittsburgh with a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay two days later. The consecutive victories allowed the Rangers to enter the break on a winning streak, one the team hopes will continue.
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