The New York Rangers (29-19-3) defeated the Washington Capitals (27-14-9) by the score of 2-1 in a shootout, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...i know I say it all the time, but you can never, ever count this team out. It looked like Holtby was on his way to one of the easiest shutouts in NHL history then boom an ugly goal and away they go. I can't over-emphasize how impressed I am with how Torts has been able to get this group to buy into what he's selling no matter who's in the line-up. Unreal.
...lots of people, including myself, questioning Torts going with Biron tonight. Remind me to never do that again.
...i know after each of Gaborik's two hat tricks and his four goal game we wondered if they would get him going, but maybe it's a flukey goal like tonight's that snaps him out of it.
...watching someone play defense normally isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but I can watch Staal defend Ovechkin all day long.
...just absolutely ridiculous moves in the shootout by both Wolski and MZA. Speaking of MZA, not sure if anyone saw the Versus post game but he totally name dropped Avery's Bar "Warren 77" in his interview. I think he'll drink for free tonight.
...good for Sauer getting the assignment of Staal's running mate tonight. Did not look out of place at all.
...thought Del Zotto had an uneven game. Out of position on a number plays, but I also thought he used the poke check very effectively to break up some scoring chances.
...didn't the Rangers called up Grachev for the game? ;)
...Prust is an absolute stud. The guy is a game time decision with numerous injuries and he's out there giving 110%.
...couple of quick negatives: continued struggles of pp and faceoffs and absolutely no traffic in front of the Capitals goal. Only time someone was in front was Gaborik on his goal.
...right back at it tomorrow night against Panthers at MSG.