The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight by a score of 4-3 in overtime on a game winner from Jason Strudwick for his first goal and point of the season. All four of the Ranger goals were scored by defenseman (Rozsival 2, Girardi and Strudwick). The win extended the Rangers unbeaten streak to five games as they swept their four game road trip. The Rangers win combined with the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils give them sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...who are these new goal scoring d-men and what did they do with the old offensively challenged ones!!! I mean c'mon, Strudwick and Mara cashing in on a two-on-one break in overtime to win the game. Who new? Maybe we need to get Strudwick on the point for our power play (0-5 tonight).
...I've said it once and I'll say it again, Rozsival needs to shoot the puck more. Why this guy does not shoot the puck on the power play is beyond me. He has a cannon. And not only is it a cannon, its accurate. He needs to stop force feeding Jagr on the power play and 'Shoot the puck Barry.'
...here are some numbers for you. This win gives the Rangers 9 in their last 10, 5 in a row and a four game sweep of their road trip. Both Strudwick and Hollweg got their first points of the season (man, its about time). Gomez now has a 9 game point scoring streak with his assist on Strudwick's game winner. The Rangers defensemen had 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points tonight. WOW!!!
...I'm also very encouraged with the comeback ability this team showed tonight. The way they started the game it looked like they were happy with their 3 road wins and couldn't wait to get home. But Renney must have said something between the 1st and 2nd period because they came out firing. It was also great to see them keep their heads up after Sykora tied it up late in the 3rd.
...although Dubinsky did ok in his fight against Ruutu, I think he needs a few more lessons from Orr and Strudwick. Although Strudwick might be to busy giving out shooting lessons after tonight's performance.
...man it feels nice to be in first place.
...not that I'm counting but the Rangers are now 7-1 since I started this blog. Next up for the Rangers are the hated Islanders on Monday night.