Tuesday, November 18, 2008
What ever the New York Rangers are paying Henrik Lundqvist, it's definitely not enough. The players should pass the hat around the dressing room and hand part of their salaries to The King!
In what seems to be a familiar pattern this season, the Rangers pulled another magic track with a 2-1, shut-out victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. A goal by "Fast Freddy" Sjostrom evened the score in the middle of the 3rd period at 1-1. Sjostrom made up for a weak stick check (he should have took the body) on Daniel Alfredsson's goal in the 2nd period that gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead.
Once again, the "powerless play" was in effect. Goal scoring by the Rangers was yet again absent. I don't understand the lack of scoring... the coaches and the players have just got to be numb over it as well. It's mind boggling!
The story really was Henrik Lundqvist. The King took on a determined Senators squad, who clearly had many great scoring chances throughout the night. Lundqvist, being his usual calm and cool self, turned away the Senators chances - time after time. The game went to a shoot-out where Nikolai Zherdev fired a 5-hole winner through the legs of Alex Auld. The King did what he does best by shutting out the Sens in their attempts during the shoot-out.
How much longer can the Rangers continue winning with their lack of scoring? It all depends. But, I guess it really just comes down to how long will Henrik Lundqvist allow them to.
By the way, I will be attending Wednesday's game at MSG against the Vancouver Canucks. It should be an interesting affair. Lets go Rangers & over and out!