Brad Richards

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

The New York Rangers (44-31-5) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (34-34-11) by the score of 4-1, tonight. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports.

…not sure if the Rangers thought the Hurricanes were just going to hand them a victory, but they didn’t have their “A” game to start the game. Thankfully their all-world goaltender held the fort down, while the power play, yes the power play, sparked the Rangers to the win.

…school was in session tonight and the line of Poo-Brass-Zucc were the professors. I swear those guys must use telepathy. Would have been nice to see them finish a few more of their opportunities, but who am I to complain after a performance like that.

…congrats to Zucc on earning the Steve McDonald Extra Effort Award. His performance tonight proved why he was the only real choice.

…St. Louis may have lost his scoring touch, but the guy can distribute the puck.

…no coincidence that the fourth line was back doing their thing as soon as Boyle was re-inserted on Moore’s wing.

…absolutely Munnderful night for Richards. For all the crap we’ve given him this season, he’s going to finish the year with 20+ goals. Not too bad for a guy we all wanted bought out last summer.

…a much more assertive Fast, who looked way more comfortable tonight than at any point during his brief stint with the Rangers to begin the season.

…not enough toughness!!!! Sorry, I had to.

…while the Rangers again took a beating in the face-off circle, it was two key wins with the extra man that fueled a resurgent power play.

…22 points (7g, 15a) in the last 21 games for Stepan. Maybe he is a #1 center?

…got to give a ton of credit to the McDonaghless defense for tightening up against an offensively talented Hurricanes team that was playing very loose early in the game. Both Staals, Skinner and Semin were completely shutdown.

…unfortunately, the Rangers didn’t get any help on the out of town scoreboard for their quest to lock down the #2 or #3 seed in the Metro Division as both the Flyers and Blue Jackets were victorious. The Blueshirts magic number to avoid the wild card and a likely date with the Bruins in the first round is now down to two.

…off tomorrow then the lowly Sabres in town.

Highlights…

Post game talk…

Steve McDonald Award Ceremony…

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