The New York Rangers (33-24-3) defeated the Chicago Blackhawks (35-12-14) by the score of 2-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...now that's how you come out of the Olympic break! Although, I think I might have crapped in my pants during those final seconds. You never know how a team will respond after a prolonged rest, but the Rangers looked exactly like the team we last saw defeating the Penguins three weeks ago. All four lines going, tough defense and superb goaltending.
...a little divine intervention on that last save as no way Egon was going to let Talbot lose that one. I almost felt going into the game that the time off might be worse for Talbot than the jet lag would be for Hank, but as has been the case all season, the backup netminder was cool under pressure and got the job done. Wonder how many calls Sather received about the availability of Talbot these last few weeks as he's a number one or at the very least a number one in waiting on half the teams in the league.
...not sure if Nash knows this, but when he drives to the net, he's really good.
...Callahan once again proving he's not even close to being a $7 million, hell a $6.5 million, player as he makes a sweet move on Crawford in the second period and couldn't finish. FYI, Martin St. Louis had two goals last night.
...defenses win championships and since the Klein acquisition the Rangers have easily had one of the best defensive corps in the NHL. I forgot, who did the Rangers trade for him? Absolute larceny.
...which is why I'd hate to see Girardi moved and blow everything up. Although, his loss would definitely be muted because Staal is basically performing at the level of a top two defenseman playing on the second pairing.
...got to love Miller rewarding his coach for having faith in him. I'm going to be real upset if he's part of any package going to Tampa for St. Louis.
...Carcillo will never approach Avery status in this town, but he's getting close. He even stole the "Grate One's" broken stick trick last night.
...sweet dish from Stepan on the Nash goal, but he needs to be a lot better.
...i know last night was very tricky for both teams coming off the Olympic break and Chicago had TEN players who were likely jet lagged and wanting their own bed. So it's easy for haters to not get too excited about the win. But guess what, the Rangers had seven players in Sochi and were playing without their top point getter as well as their All-World goaltender. They were the better team from start to the final few minutes, while their defense shutdown the four headed monster of Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa. Don't get excited? Please, I'm doing handstands over here and it's ok for you to do the same.
...although, it could all come crashing down with one ill-advised trade from Sather.
Post game talk...
New team,new attitude,maybe.besides i'd rather cally stays,sign him 5 years at 5.5,thats the most,otherwisr we have to get something or get notjing
Agree rangers need to be alittle bit more tuff.if cally has to go ,trade him to the canucks for kesler.he wants out ,probaly a problem with torts,and torts luvs cally .Think it makes sense?
Repost from this morning:
Game comment stream seems to not be working but good win. AV seems somewhat adaptable which is something I have not said about a NYR coach for a while. would still like to see more fire but if it's working don't fix it. Chicago looked pretty soft and no way Brass is going to be given that much time around the net without so much as a love tap. Wins like this against a top team playing soft is a mixed blessing 'cause it makes people think we're good. We need someone to play us physical and knock us out of the aren before Mar. 5 so Slats doesn't get complacent. We are not tough and it's going to bite us in the bum going down the stretch. Nash has got to bring it every night. He looked better as the game wore on capped off with his trademark move/laser beam shot. You need more than one move big guy. Got to keep crashing that net and bring that beast every night. If he don't score someone else will pick up his loose change. Step is still a step behind. Damn, he looked promising last year. Kreid's been tentative. He was explosive. He'll get it back. Pure beast!!! Love the D first mentality. Can't win without it. D first. Forecheck and use that offensive minded strategy and speed on the transitions. Add grit and a center who can feed the 2 beasts on the wings and we have something going on here. Keep Dan G. Keep Cally and let him walk after the season unless you get something of equal or greater value in return and we can at least compete when the heat comes down on us during the desperate hour. LGR
Yes.....they won and that is good. A non-existent forecheck plus non-existent neutral zone play is a recipe for playoff diseaster v.s Pens, Bruins and any Western Club! Every period in the playoffs will be like Chicago's 3rd period against us last night.
@theturk16 Kesler and AV don't get along.
@Betweentheworlds Thanks for re-posting. Livefyre was down this morning.