The New York Rangers (18-18-2) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-16-5) by the score of 2-1 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…resiliency. Overcoming adversity. Absolutely loving how mentally tough this Rangers team has been lately. After that unconscionable no whistle on the Kadri goal, it could have easily become unglued, but give AV credit for keeping his cool, which likely gave his team a sense of calm. Wins like this bring a team together.
…HBO must have wanted some drama in next week's episode of 24/7 and had Bettman make sure the refs obliged, because it's inexcusable to allow two chops on Talbot when he obviously had the puck frozen.
…Lundqvist isn't getting traded and he's still the Rangers starting goaltender, but when the puck drops in Washington Friday night, Talbot has to be between the pipes for the Blueshirts.
…Zuccarello is already a rock star in Norway and if continues to play like this there's not going to be too many bars in Manhattan he's going to be paying for drinks in.
…Miller from Kreider? I could get used to hearing that for the next decade.
…speaking of Kreider, how about that stare down with Phaneuf? Love that he didn't back down.
…how is it possible that the Rangers two best players are dragging this team down? This nice little run to end the homestand is completely due to the work of the Blueshirts secondary players.
…is it me or has Poopsalot seemingly become a physical presence overnight? Never expected him to be causing such havoc in front of the opposing net on the power play.
…Brassard has was all over the ice pressuring Maple Leaf defenders all night. Also loved the cross check to the beck of van Riemsdyk's head after the Leafs forward took an extra whack at Talbot after the whistle in the third period.
…how nice is it to have a fourth line that AV can use to shutdown an opponent's top line?
…that's a ten ice bag night for McDonagh.
…i think I'm done complaining about the Rangers not being physical enough, because what I've noticed the last two games is that skating hard is the key to this team's success. When they're using their quickness to get in hard on the forecheck or generate pressure in the defensive zone they're a hard team to beat. It's when they're floating around that they get themselves in trouble. Without the heroics of Bernier, the Rangers could have easily had three or four goals in regulation.
…off for Christmas then a date with Ovechkin and the Caps in Washington Friday night.
Post game talk…