Rangers Burst Out

Monday, March 2, 2009

While I was away at work this weekend, the New York Rangers took it out on the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 6-1. No, that is not a misprint. 6 goals by the Rangers is a season high and it helped contribute to a much needed win for the Blueshirts. Not only was it important towards the playoff push, but it was probably more important for the psyche of the players. It proves to them that they can score and it helps build the confidence of the team overall.

It was, from what I've been told, a complete game. Goals, hits, great defense, and throw in a few fights (Orr Vs Stewart, Mara Vs Tucker)... hockey at its best. I obviously did not get to view the game, but by all accounts from my son and true diehard Rangers fan friends, it was by far the best effort in quite some time. I hope that it continues because this playoff race is gonna be just wild. With the trade deadline approaching, it will be interesting to see what moves that Glen Sather can make to give the team a little boost. They already received one with Tortorella's hiring and now the clock ticks... will they or will they not make the moves? I'm betting yes, but you never know!

Bobcats Win

As for my other favorite hockey team... the Quinnipiac Bobcats who lost a tough game at Harvard, 2-1, managed to rebound with a 4-1 at Dartmouth. The win was key as it clinched a home ice advantage for the first round of the ECAC playoffs next week against Colgate. Congratulations goes out to the Bobcats players and coaching staff! It's been a long and tough regular season featuring many ups an downs. But, as we all know, the playoffs are a "new" season all together. You get to wipe the slate clean and have a fresh start. I'm looking forward to next week. Over and out!


Jeff said...

Chris, that was just a hell of a game. 6 players finding the nets in the same game, what a relief! They, in my opinion, are "enjoying" the new system much more than the old one. Not that the previous one was (totally) bad, but the change tends to show, it is releasing the players from some pressure. The end of the game was fun to watch, Laperriere going after Schoenfeld, Granato doing the same. Then Tucker instigating but owned by Mara. A lot of emotions in this game, about time! Let's try to pile up some wins now.

For the deadline, I'm a bit worried about what Sather plans to do. Especially to the detriment of some of ours young players/prospects. But if a superstar forward comes on the table at a moment, would be hard to resist. But first, let's bring back Avery.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jeff: I was very pleased to see the final results of the game. It was a long time coming for the players.

Unfortunately I can only go by what I've been told. Good overall effort in all aspects of the game.

Granato vs Schoenfeld would be a disaster for Granato, trust me on that LOL.

The trade deadline is going to be crazy. I believe there will be moves made by the Rangers. It's just a matter of who?

Wrath of Sanity said...

He's baaaack!


Was worried the Pens or Islanders would claim him to spite us.

Jeff said...

That's just awesome, can't believe it. I always believed he would come back sooner or later, but so fast, that's just awesome. Let's hope everything goes fine...

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath of Sanity: I think in the end Avery and The Rangers were made for each other.

It doesn't matter what happened as to why he left. What matters now is he's back.

It should give the Blue Shirts a shot of energy that was sorely missed all season.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jeff: We hoped, we prayed and now he's back. It's a good move for the Rangers.

As I responded to Wrath, the two were made for each other (Avery and New York).

I personally believe this will help big time down the stretch run for the playoffs.

Mr. Hockey said...

Kots----4 full days of practice plus a morning skate before the next 2 points are out there for us to take---A great break for us and for Tortarella, to get through the players heads just what he expects from a team that he coaches----After Thursday we get 2 more full practices and than a big big test for this team on Sunday afternoon!!!Lets hope the talkers on NBC don't have to spend the whole game talking about how we suck this time!!!--I hope to witness more of what we saw against the Avs---With all the time that they have between games , getting them on his page should be a gimmie,but we shall see.---You know that no matter what a coach wants out of his guys when they have the puck may vary--different styles of attack---These few games remind me alot of when Keenan was here---pedal to the metal--balls to the wall when we have the puck in their end--if we give up 3,4 or 5 odd man rushes a game thats why Richter's 35 hang from MSG's rafters--He saved our ass and we put more pressure on the opposing team.---Keenan had the goalie to play that style, so does Tortarella---The King may still be the reason we win most of the upcoming games, but if we can bring the fight to the other guys,maybe he can give up more than 2 and still get a win!!---No matter what we do in the offensive zone,even strength defensive zone hockey is the same as it's always been even the centers on the Montreal Maroons had the same responsibility,as centers today..I can only hope that Gomez got that point driven home after he decided to leave his check an we gave Florida 2 points that should have been ours!!!---this game really is very fragile --when you think that because of only one small mistake ,you walk away with nothing after you basically dominate a game from start to finish---the league is too good to think that you can make mistakes and not get burned for it---If the team leaders want to lead by example than play like it--when the play is our zone don't freelance--do what has to be done and in most cases, the King will do what he need to do.-----I got to tell you Kots, if I was 30 or 32 years younger than I am now and I was fortunate enough to be a member of this present day Rangers team--and we just got a coach fired --I sure as hell would'nt want the TV guys mentioning my name every other minute--telling all the Ranger faithful how much I picked up my game since Renney got fired!!!It dosn't take very much Hockey G2 to figure out who let the ex-coach down the most--It would really embarrass me ---I wonder if Drury-Gomez and Redden feel the same way???? I DOUBT IT-----Avery is back---Lets hope his mucking-grinding-physical-win the one-on-one battles-finish your check-play hard-and punish opposing teams players style is an example the rest of the team follows---Time is short--like alot of our players!!

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mr.Hockey: Things will continue to improve for the Rangers as long as the players play up to their potential.

Tortorella hiring obviously is a big boost. Players are now on their best behavior and the effort will be accelerated. If not you will be held accountable by Torts.

Your right its the players if any that feel the guilt of letting a coach down (Renney).

Avery is going to help. How Much? Who really knows?. I believe his style of play with bring a nice infusion that this team has lacked all season.

Wrath of Sanity said...

I liked the trades today, as well as the Avery pick up. I wish Prucha and Dawes all the best in Phoenix.

Can't wait for the game against the Islanders!

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath of Sanity: Some might disagree, but I believe the team is better today than it was before the trade deadline.

Prucha, Dawes, and Kalinin had their chances to prove they belonged. Unfortunately they could never find a regular spot.

With Antropov, Morris, If it works out great if not you cleared cap space for next season.

Oh, I almost forgot Avery's addition as well helps out big time.

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