Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In a game that I felt was huge, considering the Devils had jumped ahead of the Rangers in the standings with the Flyers only 1 point behind, the Rangers came through with a hard earned 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
What can you say other than this team never makes it easy on themselves. After taking a 1-0 lead off of a Markus Naslund slapshot on the PP, the Rangers gave it right back less than a minute later. Bobby Ryan scored his 14th of the season on a PP off of a terrible tripping penalty by Aaron Voros behind the Ducks net. Let's see... the Ducks have the puck behind their own goal, right? They can't possibly score from there, so I think we'll take a tripping penalty? Sorry, Aaron. You weren't thinking and it cost the Rangers.
In the 2nd period, Fast Freddy Sjostrom roofed a beauty over the left shoulder of Jonas Hiller to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Also, guess what? It was a shorthanded goal! It was nice to see the Rangers get one while shorthanded for a change, considering they have given up way too many on themselves. Things were going fairly well up until Dmitri Kalinin (who has played well lately) got caught staring at the puck as Corey Perry danced by him and slipped a shot past Lundqvist's left pad. Sorry, but you're taught early as a d-man to never look at the puck - you have got to look at the midsection/chest area or what happened to Kalinin is pretty much guaranteed.
Going into the 3rd I wasn't sure how this one would end. Luckily for the Rangers Scott Gomez, yes THAT Scott Gomez, showed some great hand work and backhanded a beautiful pass from Markus Naslund past Jonas Hiller on the shortside. Trust me on this one: Gomez's backhand was a difficult one, but he pulled it off! Hats off to him. The goal, by the way, was another PP goal. Although at times the PP was horrible tonight (2 icings on the same PP), the final result was 2 of 7, and in the end that's what counts. Blair Betts, who played a great defensive game, finished the Ducks off with a big steal on a Ducks PP with an empty net goal (he deserved it).
It wasn't a pretty game, but the Rangers are used to these kind of games and now get a break for the upcoming all-star game. Big win, back in first for the moment... so what's there to complain about?
Lastly, you gotta love Dubinsky and Callahan showing some balls out there and throwing down with Drew Miller and Travis Moen. I, personally, enjoyed seeing that kind of spirit coming from 2 of the younger guys. Good job by both. Over and out!
Update: I will be away this weekend doing some more Quinnipiac Bobcats games on the radio. I will answer any comments when I get back!
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