The New York Rangers (10-2-1) defeated the Atlanta Thrashers (2-6-2) by the score of 3-2 tonight. For a recap and box score go to newyorkrangers.com.
...Zherdev is officially filthy. For him to steal the puck, come in on goal and roof a backhander shortside in traffic was unreal. Sprinkle in a couple of other moves, including the one on Girardis' game winner, and this guy is something to watch. You also have to love the effort this guy puts forth as shown by his hustle to break-up a breakaway in the second period. The one thing he has to work on is his celebration after he scores a goal he almost killed an unsuspecting Girardi tonight.
...Naslund is another player who is locked in as he now has a five game point scoring streak. Although he wasn't trying to kick the puck in on the disallowed goal, I thought the refs made the right call as it was a distinct kicking motion that guided the puck into the goal.
...can't say enough about the fight of this team in the third period. Right now I wouldn't count this team out of any game in which they are down in the third period.
...i know we were saying the same thing this time last year and he fell apart in the middle of the season, but Lundqvist has to be the early season favorite for not only the Vezina but for League MVP.
...has anyone ever seen a fight like the Orr/Boulton scrap tonight. That went on forever and they were both throwing absolute bombs. I'd like to see a punch count for that one.
...one negative tonight was the power play (1 for 6) which, in my opinion, has been awful all this season (10 for 66, 15.2%, tied for 24th in the league). Tonight's version of this abomination was highlighted by a dreadful 5 on 3 where Rozsival thought Jaromir Jagr was back on the team and refused to shoot. I think Renney needs to look at a complete overhaul of the power play starting with the firing of Perry Pern.
...off tomorrow then Saturday night in Toronto.