Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1, SO

The New York Rangers (14-12-2) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (15-11-2) by the score of 2-1 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports.

…i hate to say one play during the course of a year might have saved the season, but that's exactly what that stop by Lundqvist in the second period might have done. Changed the momentum of the game and obviously led to the victory. And with just 20 games left, I'm not sure they would have been able to recover from another loss to a team they're fighting with for a playoff spot.

…it's absolutely baffling to me how this Rangers team can watch Ryan Callahan make things happen time and again by going to the net and no one else follows his lead.

…while I always knew Stepan was going to be a solid NHLer, he's been a point per game player for over a month. Never expected that kind of production

…was awesome seeing Marc Staal in the house tonight. Very unexpected, as I assumed he was still stuck at home with a bag of frozen peas on his face. And seeing the Rangers defense scrabbling for most of the night, he can't get back soon enough.

…was Gaborik better tonight? Sure. But I don't think I saw him fight for one puck out there. Which isn't good for his trade value, especially when there where 17 scouts at MSG for the game.

…obviously going to be lots of focus on Miller's shootout winner (man that was the ugliest shootout goal ever), but the kid played one hell of a game before that, bringing a physical element that has been missing from this team. Got to get him off that third line though.

…as we all look for reasons as to why this team struggles, I think tonight showed that the definitive answer is confidence. When the Rangers finally broke their shutout streak, they looked like a different team. They began to skate, had actual puck possession, which led to scoring chances.

…every Eastern Conference head coach just officially penciled in their back-up goaltender to start against the Rangers for the remainder of the year.

…according to good friend of the blog Scotty Hockey, Richards has now played over 90 minutes of power play hockey without scoring an extra man goal. Good thing the Rangers signed him to fix the power play.

…if Nash does anything but deke during the shootout or a breakway for the rest of the season he should be benched. Filthy.

…i dare someone to give me a reason to keep Pyatt in the line-up.

…tonight is why I've been so vehemently against the Rangers trading Del Zotto. The skill is there, he just needs to find consistency.

…no player other than Callahan or Stepan has scored for the Rangers in the last 12 periods.

…when you're mired in a slump you're never going to just breakout with a seven goal game, so while this win was far from being perfect, I'll take the two points and get ready to take on the Devils at the Rock aka "MSG South" tomorrow night.

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