Rangers 4, Penguins 3

The New York Rangers (13-5-3) defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4) by the score of 4-3, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.

…i’m really trying not to get too excited about this team, but I can’t. These last two wins have me thinking this could be a very special season.

…what a game from Gaborik, but you know he’s going to hear it big time from his teammates about missing that empty net.

…Richards has been everything and more so far this season. There I said it.

…you think the scouting report was glove side high on Fleury?

…seriously, how was Christensen on the Rangers roster ahead of Hagelin and Mitchell? Those two have been a revelation since being called up.

…speaking of being re-called, Rangers are 10-2 since the Avery re-call. “The Grate One” again proves why he is so important in a game like this.

…by far best game of the season for the third defensive pair of Woywitka and Eminger. Really liked Eminger jumping Vitale after he got into it with Hank.

…why can’t the Rangers score 5-on-3?

…for some reason Callahan wasn’t himself after the Rangers returned from Europe as he wasn’t playing his aggressive style of hockey. But since the Sharks game this could be the best he’s played as a Ranger. And that’s saying a lot.

…game high 27 minutes of ice time Del Zotto.

…Crosby held goalless courtesy of Dan Girardi.

…Rangers won 40 of 57 faceoffs tonight. Could you have ever imagined that last season?

…penalty kill kept the Rangers in it early.

QUOTES (via Blueshirts United):
Brad Richards…

“Obviously we have to take care of home ice, especially in division games it’s huge. We have been confident at home. And for me it’s new, it’s great to be in front of these fans, and it’s great to be picking up these wins, for sure. I talked about it all summer, it’s fun to be in a hockey environment—no disrespect to the other places I played at—this is a little different. It’s Original Six with bitter rivalries.”

Henrik Lundqvist…

“I think this shows we are on the right track. We are doing a lot of good things. We start with hard work, but then we have guys making some really good plays here, and we have four lines going. The last three games have been a really good boost to our confidence.”

John Mitchell…

“It’s cool. It’s really amazing actually. Hockey is a game of ups and downs, but right now it’s certainly an up. It’s great to strap on my skates and put my gear on and go out on the ice here. I have a blast, and am having so much fun right now. I just want to keep it going.”

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