After two complete days off for the Christmas holiday, the Rangers returned to work with Monday's morning skate at The Garden in preparation for that evening's game against the Islanders. Tied for first place in the Atlantic Division, the Blueshirts could move into the top spot in the entire Eastern Conference with a win this evening. "It was a great break, but now it's time to get back to work," Brandon Dubinsky said Monday morning. "I don't want to speak for everybody, but I was pretty excited to come to the rink today, and I think the other guys were, too. That's part of what makes us a good team---we want to be at the rink, we want to practice and get better and gear up for games. We know how big this one is, especially against a team that plays us tough." Prior to the break, the Rangers had won four games in a row, including three straight against divisional rivals in the final four days. It is not something the Rangers will take for granted heading into action tonight, however. "We have to stay on top of things, don't get satisfied after three-four wins," explained Henrik Lundqvist after the morning skate. "We have to challenge ourselves because the toughest part is not physically, it's mentally--to not give in, keep working hard, doesn't matter of things are up or down. Last week was great for us, but we have to keep pushing ourselves to get the wins. We are not even halfway. We have to challenge each other to be better, and push each other." Share your thoughts below on the Rangers attitude and approach.
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