Thursday, November 6, 2008
Chris Drury and the New York Rangers solved 2 problems in one night. Firstly, Drury's 1st hat trick as a New York Ranger, which led the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning. And secondly, the power play actually showed some power for once by going 2 for 7. After a terrible display against the Islanders this past Monday night, the power play actually looked threatening for once. I hope that it continues to thrive, because this team draws a lot of penalties and they need to capitalize on their chances.
Now, on to Drury. There's been a lot of head shaking going on about Drury's lack of production. Tonight, at the very least, gave the Rangers fans a sign of good things to come. Drury's shorthanded goal was a thing of beauty. You could tell by Drury's reaction just how big of a goal it was. I hope a night like this will bring consistancy to his game.
Other thoughts on the game: Tampa is not a bad hockey team. They outshot the Rangers by a 38-35 margin. Coach Melrose will have this team chalenging for a playoff spot, trust me!
Also, I wonder what kind of reaction the NHL will have on Tampa Bay goaltender Mike Smith due to his repeated chops on Aaron Voros in front of the net (remember how quickly the NHL acted after Sean Avery's "playoff antics"?). I, for one, see nothing wrong with this as this was a normal part of the game in my day. Aaron Voros was just doing his job. After all, this is what the league wants, "no touch hockey in front of the net". So, this is what you get.
And can somebody please tell me by today's rules, what should a player/goaltender/defenseman do? I have no idea. But one thing's clear, you can't protect one (goaltenders) without protecting the other (skaters). Over and out!
Oh, and also, I have 2 games this weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). Colgate and Cornell visit the Quinnipiac Bobcats in 2 important ECAC match-ups. It should be a very entertaining couple of games. Please, check it out on the radio!
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