Monday, October 5, 2009

Rangers 3, Devils 2


The New York Rangers (2-1-0) defeated the New Jersey Devils (0-2-0) by the score of 3-2, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports & newyorkrangers.com.

...i can't believe my eyes, did the power play just win the Rangers a game they didn't deserve to? When was the last time that happened?

...i think I would have crapped my pants if I was a Ranger player on the receiving end of Tortorella's tirade tonight. Great job by the coach not accepting the Rangers piss-poor effort.

...what else can you say about the Rangers rookie defensemen? They have a nose for the puck and I'm going to thoroughly enjoy watching them this season. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be watching them late in a close game any time soon, as for the second game in a row Tortorella sat both of them for the second half of the third period. C'mon Torts how are they going to learn?

...as great as Del Zotto has been on the power play, Kotalik is what makes it work with that bomb from the point.

...didn't the Rangers bring Brashear in to stick-up for teammates and change the momentum of games through his physicality the way he did when he broke Betts' face in the playoffs last year? This guy was no where to be found when the Rangers needed a spark early in the first period. He needed a good start to the season to get Ranger fans on his side and right now that's not happening.

...i thought Gaborik was off tonight. Could have been the three games in four nights.

...speaking of off nights, how bad was Brodeur tonight. Both Kotalik and Gilroy's goals should have been stopped.

...Ovechkin and the Caps in our nation's Capital on Thursday.

4 comments:

-kc571 said...

Didn't you see the 4th line have quite a good number of shifts in deep in the Devil's zone? Also, I thought the Rangers outplayed the Devils. So not sure I agree with you saying they didn't deserve to win.

NYRFan said...

I just didn't feel like they played a great game tonight. They were aided by a lot of calls going their way and they took advantage on the power play.

Which is great. Its about time the Rangers won a game they didn't play particularly well in.

But yes I did neglect to mention how well the fourth line played. Especially Boyle who, with the exception of the Pens game, has been solid.

William said...

responding to orginal comment, a) although they definitely weren't at their best, they were still the better team tonight. Brodeur, no longer dominant, cannot carry this team. Would have liked to see them overcome the hideous style of play synonymous with Devils hockey, but the pesky trap proved stifling at center ice once again. Luckily, they were able to tighten up their shabby D, and prevail on the PP, which is refreshingly good. They struggled at the end, looked fatigued, but, bottom line: beat the devils at their own game b) kotalik's shot should not have been stopped by any goalie in the NHL. it was literally a 90 mph blast that clipped the inside of the left post. On kotalik, really impressed with his ability on the PP point both w/ the puck and retrieving it c) I agree with your comment that Gaborik was off. consistently mishandled the puck, and lacked his typical jump. like you said, prolly something to do with 3 games in 4 nights, and averaging 23 mins per game. d) thought prospal played very well. e) Hope Higgins can find his scoring tough soon. Thought he also played very well with and w/o the puck. Had one particularly slick move, beating the defender to the outside and almost scoring past a flailing brodeur.

NYRFan said...

William, nice post. While Kotalik's shot was a rocket from the point. I still feel that a goalie of Brodeur's caliber should be able to stop a shot from the point with no traffic.