The New York Rangers (27-18-3) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-22-5) by the score of 3-2, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...you just have to be so impressed with the resiliency of this team. No Dubinksy, no problem. Fedotenko goes down in the middle of the game, no worries. If Torts isn't the front runner for coach of the year I might have to stop watching hockey. Nah, I'd never do that.
...who would have thought putting Avery back on a line with Gaborik would jump start the Rangers sniper? Oh wait, that would be me and almost all my readers.
...i think I heard every Ranger fan rejoice after finally watching the big bodied Boyle park himself in front of the net on the power play and tipping one home. It only took the Rangers ten years to figure that strategy out.
...Arty the playmaking center (4a). I like it.
...MZA from Stepan. I can't say it enough.
...did hell freeze over? Rangers 2-for-4 on the power play and 27-for-50 on faceoffs.
...with all the scoring excitement you almost forgot Hank put up his seventh shutout of the year.
...Rangers finally catch an injury break as it looks like Eminger's wrist is fine after taking a cheap shot slash from Orr.
...i see Weise used the Aaron Voros "Use Your Face to Block Punches" strategy in his fight with Schenn. Not very effective.
...who would have thought losing Fedotenko for 2-4 weeks would be a big deal before the season started?
...i normally don't talk about the opponent, but how bad were the Maple Leafs tonight? It seemed like the Rangers were the only team on the ice at certain points.
...not sure I remember the last time both Staal and Girardi had less than 20 minutes of ice time. With the grueling up-coming schedule they'll appreciate the rest.
...the Rangers only two wins in the Heritage jerseys are both 7-0 victories. Fun fact courtesy of reader Chris H.
...right back at it tomorrow night in Carolina.