Rangers Solid in 3-1 Win

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hey, first of all I am not doing cartwheels after the Rangers 3-1 victory over the Islanders at MSG... but what I will do is give the Rangers credit for the hard work and effort given in most of tonight's game. Nigel Dawes, Scott Gomez (PPG), and an empty netter by Fast Freddie Sjostrom were the goal scorers for the Blueshirts. Solid goaltending by the King tonight and great inspirational play by the youngsters contributed to the much needed victory. Dubinsky hit everything in sight, Dawes created offense, Callahan being... well, just being Callahan, and I want to give a special tip of the hat to Petr Prucha - who was energetic, got into a scrap, picked up an assist, and played a great all around game! I also would like to point out Scott Gomez's play. He said it himself, "I wasn't playing well". Well, Scott, you showed up tonight and here's to hoping it's a kick start for the rest of the season for you. Again, I won't get too excited, after all it was the Islanders (worst team in the NHL). Not only that, but the PP sucked in general (Gomez caught a break when Danis mishandled his shot) and the usual goal scoring drought that has been a problem all season was evident yet again tonight. But, there's a saying, "Winners laugh and tell jokes, losers say deal". Well, the Blueshirts won, got the 2 precious points, and now head to Buffalo in a good mood. Over and out!


Update: You know the drill... I'm away at Quinnipiac again doing some games on the radio. Also, I'm going to the Garden on Sunday for the Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell night against the Leafs! I'll answer any comments when I get back.

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Jeff said...

Hey Chris. Same here, Not very excited about the win. The team responded well but that was only the Isles. So let's go easy for the moment. They responded well against the Capitals too, before to lose three consecutive times.

Almost one month now since our last two wins in a row. Gomez and Drury played fine yesterday, but how many times this year did they play well in a game and were totally invisible in the next half-dozen? The two games this week-end will tell us anyway, if it's worth to hope something for this team this season. Let's go Rangers!

PS: My blog seems to be offline for an unknown reason, I'm working on it. Just to let you know I didn't switch out the lights and run. ^^,

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jeff: Jeff, I totally agree let's not get ahead of ourselves.

The Rangers did what they did what they should do to a bottom feeder of a team.

I noticed your blogs been down for awhile, what gives?

Wrath of Sanity said...

Happy we got the win... but these next few games are even more crucial

We HAVE to take advantage of playing Buffalo and Toronto (x2). They will be tough games, as always, but they are needed for this playoff push...

The youngsters did look good last night. Was also refreshing to see Gomez play well. Hopefully they can keep it up.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath of Sanity: Wrath, every game for the Rangers are crucial at this point of the season(especially the way they have played lately).

Buffalo and the Leafs will be tough games. There are no gimmes in the NHL and yes the playoff push is on.

The youngsters did indeed play well, as well as Gomez(It's about time). Let's hope this is a good omen for the Rangers down the stretch.

Jeff said...

Ha ha, works fine again. That was apparently a bandwidth problem, I surpassed my quota. It seems the video of the Adam Graves ceremony met some success. I'll come back soon with fresh news, or videos. I'm a bit busy at the moment. And I've been invited again to write in the Slapshot magazine here.

Chris, we all know we desperately need some scoring power, but with Paul Mara presumably out for 2-4 weeks, do you think we should approach the trade deadline differently?

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jeff: Jeff, I glad your blog is back up.

I will be attending the Bathgate/Howell night on Sunday. These two gentlemen are who I watched as a kid growing up in the "Original Six". Should be a great time.

Yes I do think the Rangers will have to make a move of some sort. They can't stand pat can they?

A offensive D-man would be nice and maybe that player from Atlanta. I think you know who I mean LOL.

Wrath of Sanity said...

This team is a joke.

The team doesn't even look like they care anymore. Zherdev has been on vacation the last few weeks. Captain Invisible as usual. Gomez looked OK in the 1st.

Bottom line is, no goals yet... 3-0 near the end of the 2nd.

It'll take a miracle to come back tonight.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath of Sanity: Wrath, It's probably a good thing I didn't get to see the game.

Bottom line is that more than a few players have been invisible this season.

Oh well, I will be off to New York for the Howell/Bathgate jersey retirement night.

Hopefully the Rangers can pull out a much needed victory.

Leatherneck said...

Well Chris...I officialy have now made this team comparable to the late 90's team to the early 00's team...a team that just goes through the motions to play a game with the exception of the few that I had mentioned earlier in the month...now rumor has it we seek to trade for LeCavalier for Staal..Dubinsky..and a few others...I say...fire sale...rebuild..i prefer we have a top 10 pick this year

Kotsy's Korner said...

Leatherneck Leatherneck, We kind of knew this was coming when we were winning by the narrowest of margins early in he year.

Now they can't win those games consistently. You might be right... But Lecavalier is awful tempting.

I going to the game tonight, will give a full report on the blog sometime tomorrow.

Leatherneck said...

Ughhh..seems to me that the puck is now a grenade...no one wants the puck and if they have it...very tense with it...Callahan, Dubi and Korpikoski as usual and a nice game by gomez...Kalinin was solid as well and Staal seems nervous now..this was the game we had to win and didnt...Redden...oh boy oh boy...what happened to the lad? he is dreadful out there...who do you see staying and who do you see going by the trade deadline Chris?

Kotsy's Korner said...

Leatherneck: Leatherneck, With little cap space to maneuver with it's going to take a monumental effort to unload some players.

It can be done, but it won't be easy. Your guess is as good as mine as to who?,what?,where?.

I'll have a recap of the night sometime tomorrow.

Mr.Greek said...

Hey Chris what did you think about the Leaf-Ranger game last night? For us Leaf fans it was great. Well i seen saturday's game and i was not surprised that the leaf fans gave Sundin a standing ovation, I hear Tom Renney head may be on the chopping block which is wrong i think he is a good coach but as u know it is always easy to fire the coach than to trade 20 players. We will see how my Leafs make out against the Rangers on Wednesday, perhaps another win?

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mr.Greek: Mr.Greek, What can I say the Leafs played hard and deserved the Win.

The Rangers did indeed fire Rennie, now let's see how the player's react. No more excuse's.

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