NHL Ottawa New York Rangers

Rangers 8, Senators 4

The New York Rangers (37-29-4) defeated the Ottawa Senators (28-27-13) by the score of 8-4, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…i didn’t think this team could put up eight goals in week, so to see them put up a touchdown and a two-point conversion in one game was startling. We Rangers fans aren’t used to witnessing a game that wide open, it was quite entertaining. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion Vigneault won’t agree with me.

…assuming when Lundqvist pictured himself passing Mike Richter on the all-time wins list it wasn’t while giving up four goals. Having said that, if Lundqvist isn’t on top of his game the Rangers could have amazingly still lost. Lundqvist may hold the record for victories, but he won’t overcome Richter as the greatest Rangers goaltender until he wins a Cup. Commence comment section debate.

…i’ve been begging this team to ramp up their forecheck and tonight it was in full force as they caused numerous turnovers that directly led to Rangers goals. They also did a great job getting to the net which resulted in easy tap-ins as well as deflections.

…it’s been a rough year for Nash, but if this is a sign of things to come, all will be forgiven by Rangers fans.

…eight goals tonight and still none by St. Louis. Baffling.

…Poopsalot!!!!! Sorry, it’s been awhile.

….the only Ranger to get in Chris Neil’s face? Zuccarello of course. Showtime for Zucc in the third period with two ridiculous assists as well as a sweet setup for Girardi. I think that hand is getting better.

…a goal review in the Rangers favor? Did April Fools’ Day come early this season?

…defense still remains a weak spot since the Olympic break as the slot was wide open for the Senators all night. I’m not sure how much longer AV can stay with the Staal/Stralman pairing as they again struggled with turnovers and bad decisions.

…the fourth line continues to be a puck possession machine.

…saw a lot of fans wanting the Rangers to come out brawling to start the second period after a uninspiring opening frame. How many times do I have to tell you guys, it’s not going to happen with this team. They’re not built to play that way, so stop expecting them to.

…easily one of John Moore’s better games as a Ranger. He seems so much more willing to take a chance in the offensive end now that he has a reliable partner in Klein on defense. When he’s creating like that the Blueshirts offense is so much more proficient.

…tonight’s win proves that with speed, a hard forecheck and relentlessly going to the net the Rangers can be a dangerous team. The challenge now is to getting them to do it on a consistent basis.

…Columbus and New Jersey lose = good. Flyers and Red Wings win = bad.

…a couple of days off before a huge game in Columbus on Friday.

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