Friday, October 31, 2008
Nikolai Zherdev's offensive skills were on display in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers (who gave the Rangers all they could handle). Zherdev's hands in particular were on display in the 3rd period, when he backhanded the puck "where the peanut butter is", top shelf under the crossbar. Trust me when I say this, there are a few and far between who have this ability to handle the puck like Zherdev did last night. Not only did he score, but he also set up another goal when he showed patience, circled the net, and fired a pass through the crease. The pass ended up getting to Dan Girardi's stick - who pounded the puck past Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen.
As usual, the King was solid in goal and the Rangers powerlessplay was in effect again (another 5-3, no goals). I know Zherdev's goal was on the powerplay, but really 14.5% is nothing to brag about. Another thing, why the lack of scoring at MSG? It's a mystery to me.
The game also featured a heavyeight bout, with the Rangers' Colton Orr squaring off with Atlanta's Eric Boulton. I was watching this game with my son and before the fight really got going, I blurted out, "Boulton's no push-over". I give Orr the decision, but both players stood up well in a long and tiring fight!
Overall, the Rangers end up with another win and now have the best... that's right, the best, start for a Rangers team ever in franchise history. It's not always pretty for the Rangers this season, but in the end - the results are what counts. On to Toronto on Saturday, which will be another difficult one. Over and out!
Oh, by the way, I will be doing the Quinnipiac Bobcats game on Saturday night. They play at home against the UConn Huskies. I will need a full report on the Rangers and will give my report of the Bobcats game. If interested in listening to the Quinnipiac game, tune in on your computer to WQUN Radio.
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