Last night the New York Rangers (33-24-8) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (33-29-5) by a score of 4-2. Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery scored first-period goals for the Rangers. It was New York’s third straight victory and sixth in eight games (6-0-2). Chris Drury pushed the Rangers’ lead to 3-0 in the second period, and Brendan Shanahan closed the scoring in the third after the Hurricanes got within a goal. The Rangers went 0-3 on the power play. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...keep rollin', rollin', rollin'. I have that Limp Bizkit song in my head when I think of how well the Rangers are playing right now. They ended up with a record of 8-2-2 in February and are currently on a 11-3-2 stretch.
...even with that amazing stretch, they are still only tied with Boston for sixth place and Boston has more wins and two games in hand. It seems as all the teams fighting for the last few playoff spots are hot right now and the teams who were fighting for top seeding (Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Montreal) are fading a bit. Should make for a great month of March.
...now to the game. The move Dubinsky made to score the first goal was ridiculous. With moves like that you have to ask yourself why he's never picked by Renney during the shootout.
...can we just sign Avery now. Please Glen I'm begging you.
...he's only been on the team for three days and I already have a nickname for Backman. The Human Penalty. I'm not too worried, though, because they were stupid penalties, not lazy penalties or penalties where he was beat and he had to grab the guy. I'll just chalk it up to him being over aggresive in his first game.
...Sjostrom had a decent game. Showed one great burst of speed when Renney had him on the third line for a shift and he almost scored. Unless Renney uses him on another line, not sure where, we probably won't see too much offense from him. Only because of the offensive difficiencies of his linemates. Can Blair Betts score just once on a short handed breakaway? Geez.
...two more days off till our next game on Sunday afternoon against Philly.