Thursday, November 15, 2007

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The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers tonight by a score of 4-3 in a shootout. The Rangers won their third straight road game and have now won 8 of their last 9 games to improve to 11-7-1 on the season and move into a first place tie with the Flyers. Brendan Shanahan had the only goal in the shootout, while Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all three Flyer shootout attempts. For a full recap head to Yahoo! Sports.

...its definitely safe to say that the real Scott Gomez has arrived. Over the last few weeks we've really seen the playmaking Gomez that we hated for so many years in New Jersey. His puck handling skills and vision are amazing. He always has his head up as evidenced by his two assists tonight. Gomez now has an eight game point scoring streak that includes 2 goals and 9 assists.

...I think we also got a glimpse that maybe Drury is coming around as well. The plays he made in the third period that led to Prucha's goal were Drury at his best. He made the play in the defensive zone, then stole the puck at center ice, fed Prucha, went hard to the goal and screened Biron. Great hardworking shift. Now we just need a few more goals. Sorry I'm greedy.

...except for the shootout (of course) Lundqvist looked a little shaky tonight. Its the first time I've said that since probably the beginning of last year. Maybe that five day rest took him off his game a little. I'm sure he'll work hard tomorrow and be back to his regular self on Saturday.

...a lot of Ranger fans were worried when the Rangers stumbled to a 2-6-1 record to start the season. But with two new centers, you had to figure it would take a little while for this team to gel. And you can now say this team is clicking on all cylinders.

...just a side note. The Rangers are 6-1 since I started this blog.

4 comments:

bpette02 said...
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fleisch said...

Great game again by the Rangers last night. However, the power play was lack luster...
I love the 4 lines that Renney is rolling. The Defensive pairings look great as well. There is no need to put Malik back on the blue line...
The real question is, Who do you sit when Callahan and Straka are ready to come back?

Jim said...

That's a tough one, but I'd have to lean towards Staal. While both players are really developing, Dubinsky's doing it with a player who is starting to become unstoppable once again, while Staal seems to be reaching the point where he's really pushing the offensive end a bit more, and covering up for Rozsival's blunders at the same time.

Jim said...

What are the Rangers going to do when Straka and Callahan come back?