The New York Rangers (24-17-9) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (19-20-10) by the score of 8-2, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...the Rangers are playing Tortorella's system to perfection right now. The forecheck is relentless, the defense is jumping in the play and they're finally starting to stick-up for one another. This was the team I was hoping to see all season.
...while there were many tonight, my #1 star was Aaron Voros. Brashear can sit in the press box for the rest of the season for all I care. Voros set the tone right away with a fight, he knew when to back down and chipped in on the scoreboard. I think I even heard a Vo-ros chant. Wow!!!
...Gaborik showed everyone he's more than just a goal scorer with four assists tonight.
...you know things are going wrong when Higgins scores against you.
...amazing stat of the night, Dubinsky's power play goal was his first of the season.
...two goals and five assists for Ranger defensemen tonight.
...welcome back to the scoring column Vinny Prospal.
...with the way Lisin is playing looks like the Rangers are going to have $9 million (Kotalik) sitting in the press box next to Brashear for a while.
...off tomorrow then off to Philadelphia on Thursday.