The New York Rangers (32-24-3) defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-3) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...now that's how you go into the Olympic break! Absolutely dominating effort 5-on-5 as the Rangers were the complete antithesis of what they were last night. They dictated the play, forechecked hard and if it wasn't for a couple of ill-advised penalties probably would have won that game in regulation.
...screw Callahan's extension, when are we going to start talking about re-signing Pouliot to a multi-year deal? So impressed with his willingness to go to the net and pay the price to score.
...i'm not sure what Girardi's current contract demand is right now, but after tonight, I'd give him whatever he wants.
...speaking of Girardi, who knew he was going to be the answer to the Rangers power play struggles?
...it might be time to start giving Sather credit for deciding against amnestying Richards.
...hearing Yzerman canceled Nash's flight to Sochi after the game.
...there's a good chance David Poile did the same to Stepan.
...it's a shame Staal's concussion and eye issues scared Team Canada away, because he'd be a huge asset for them in the Olympics.
...have to assume Crosby and Malkin are not looking forward to going up against McDonagh again in Sochi.
...anyone who doesn't have Sweden as a gold medal favorite hasn't been watching Lundqvist the last month and a half.
...only thing sweeter than Zuccarello's shootout move was his slash on Kunitz after the Penguins forward took an extra poke at Lundqvist.
...at least someone's sticking up for teammates as it seems like AV has completely neutered Carcillo since that Flyers game.
...tonight's victory once again proved when given time and space to skate, the Rangers can hang with anyone in the NHL. The final litmus test for me comes on March 2nd when the Bruins come to town. If the Rangers are able to create offense using their speed game against that tough, physical line-up then I think it's safe for everyone to officially get on the "Stanley Cup Threat" bandwagon.
...i was really looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the Olympics, but instead I'm going to be completely freaked out that all the momentum and chemistry the Rangers have accumulated the last eight weeks will dissipate into the Sochi air.
...next game is February 27th when the Blackhawks come to town.