The New York Rangers (36-30-4) defeated the San Jose Sharks (39-22-8) by the score of 3-2 in a shootout, last night. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...i guess Avery was the problem? Seriously, huge win for the Rangers. I was concerned going into the game, but as has been the case all year they never stop working and beat a tough Sharks team in their barn.
...don't want to overstate things but Dubinsky's shootout goal was as clutch as Jokinen's miss last year was unclutch.
...why isn't Sauer in any Calder talks?
...i was joking about Avery above, but you have to give Torts credit for making the right move going with Christensen. I hate to say it but he's got to come right back with the same lineup on Tuesday against the Islanders.
...less than eight minutes for MZA. Assuming that's going to happen from time to time with a young player still trying to learn the NHL game.
...Wolski's shootout goal reminded me of Strudwick's back in 2005 that set the stage for Malik's between the legs winner.
...no way Lundqvist was going to be denied tonight. Was it just me or was he wearing a new mask?
...another horrific game from the officials.
...off today and tomorrow then the resurgent Islanders are at MSG.
Here's a link to the details of Hank's new mask.
You have to admit Kevin, that Avery has not been as effective a player as he has been in years past. He used to make the most of the 2nd/3rd line minutes he gets and has not done so this year. I like him too, but he just doesn't seem to be as noticeable on every shift like he used to be.
henny's mask had sparkles haha and great win i was on the edge of my seat. would have been a 2-0 win and another shut out for henny if pucks dont deflect. gotta win tues!
I was there and held my breath the entire 3rd period. Before the shoot out the zambonis circled around I front of hanks net 3 times making it as smooth as they could. Nothing in front of niemi's net. When the puck jumped on Zuk and he missed I was pissed. I felt Anisimov might have been able to elevate the puck too if not for the ice surface. Anyway. It was an intense game and I'm glad we stole an extra point!
FYI... hank was wearing a new mask. Same design, but he background was different. Normally is almost an entirely blue background.. This one was more white with the red/blue stripes up the middle... almost looked like it was supposed to be a flag but I never got a good enough look.
Dubinsky was clutch but that doesn't happen if Wolski misses on the "must score" shot. I thought we were done when Zuc missed.
Big win against a strong team. I hope that the shootout goal can boost Dubi, he needs to start scoring in regulation time. With his skill level he should be able to score 40 goals.
@BKNY1999 Awsome!!! Thanks. Posting this now.
@cb1 Agreed that his play isn't nearly as effective as in the past. But to me the decline started as soon as Torts came on board. Look at how great he was under Renney. Now could that be a coincidence? Sure, but I don't think Torts likes Avery and has neutered him.
@chrisD Didn't know about the Zambonis! Is it like that everywhere or are they only doing it in the Shark Tank? Still think that Anisimov and Zuc should have seen this and not tried to deke.