Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The New York Rangers got what I call a "much needed win" over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-0. Yes, that's right, much needed in the sense that Philly and Jersey had jumped ahead of the Blueshirts in the Atlantic standings prior to tonight's game. Also, tonight's game restored the King's confidence, in a way, with his first shut-out of the year.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - without Henrik Lundqvist, where would this team really be? The Rangers had to kill off a 2-man disadvantage early that could of turned the game around for the Penguins after Nigel Dawes struck early on a, drum roll please.... POWER-PLAY. From there, I thought the Rangers played a solid and sound game in all areas. Paul Mara later blasted one by Marc Andre Fleury for a 2nd PP goal and the Rangers were on their way to the victory. Chris Drury and Scott Gomez rounded out the scoring to make the final score 4-0.
It was a good night for the Rangers and what we all have to realize is that when this team puts out effort like the one that they had tonight, they can compete with anyone. However, when they play as individuals, the results aren't as good. The Rangers have no gamebreaking stud (like Ovechkin), what they have is top-notch goaltending and plenty of solid veterans. In order for them to win, they must play as a team - plain and simple. Unless there is an Earth shattering trade, that is the way this season will play out. Oh, I almost forgot, nice scrap by Orr with Goddard and congrats goes out to the Canadian Juniors squad who won their 5th championship in a row.
Lastly, I will be attending the game on Wednesday against Montreal to see some former teammates and friends. I will have a full report when I get back! Over and out!