The New York Rangers (16-17-1) defeated the Calgary Flames (13-15-5) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…amazing what happens when this team plays with a little nastiness to their game. They initiated scrums after the whistle, won puck battles and actually competed for ice. I get that they were playing an inferior opponent, but with the way this team has been playing, I sure as heck ain't complaining.
…that had to easily have been the most productive shootout I've ever seen from the Rangers. Ridiculous move, after ridiculous move. You know, minus Nash's nothing attempt. Anyone else scream "Dominic Moore?!?!?!" at their TV before his attempt? Good thing I don't make the shootout lineup.
…when Lundqvist is shaky in the shootout, you know he's off his game.
…absolutely loved Kreider's physicality. Mixed it up in front of the net all night and was finally rewarded with the tying goal. Needs to be more disciplined though as he's taken way too many penalties lately.
…good to see Stepan finally earn his salary. In all seriousness, he might have scored the biggest goal of the season, because if the Rangers go into the locker room down 2-0, I don't think they come back. And with the Penguins up next, this losing streak might have lasted another week.
…fun to watch Hagelin use his speed for a purpose. He's been way too invisible this season for a guy with those kind of wheels.
…McIlrath looked real timid again in the first period, but I thought after that he settled down and played a solid game. And while he didn't exactly impress in his fight against McGratton, I think it sent a message to the rest of the league that the Rangers now have a presence in the lineup who's not afraid to dance with the big boys.
…i guess the solution to the Rangers scoring problems was to just play with one less crappy forward. Smart move AV.
…speaking of crappy forwards, easily Pouliot's best performance since the Red Wings game. If he can play with that kind of desire on a consistent basis, he might actually be a productive player for the Rangers.
…Rangers were very lucky that all the good they did tonight was not undermine by the absurd amount of giveaways. Need to clean that up.
…you know you're terrible when you're a career backup and you can't beat the Rangers.
…while I'm not doing cartwheels over this win, as I stated the other day, it's amazing how a boost of confidence can lift a team's performance, so I don't think I can understate how important these two points are to the Rangers psyche. Should allow them to be much looser when they take on the Metro Division leading Penguins on Wednesday. The next test for the Rangers will be finding that elusive consistency that has plagued them the first third of the season.
Post game talk…