I’m finally back from holiday vacation, and so it appears are the Rangers. After a rollercoaster three game stint that saw them embarrassed by Philly, win a squeaker in Carolina, resume form losing on the back end of the home-and-home, and have two players selected to the U.S. Olympic squad, the Rangers finally put together a solid game (1:26 minutes of the third period aside).
The 3-2 victory was not that close. Until it was. (Who didn’t have that feeling of dread that we were hanging on in the third after they tied it? Thank god Rask left the post early.) The Rangers competed, were decently good clearing pucks away from their own net, generated countless scoring chances, and got THREE goals from a player not named Gaborik. Dubinsky andDel Zotto were flying. Christensen and Callahan were very steady and productive. And even Rozsival showed up with a nifty side step at the blueline to create a chance. The PP also got a much needed goal, though it still is a little off in terms of setting up and getting the puck. (Inexcusable to not be able to get the puck into the zone on a 5-3.)
The funniest/saddest part of the game for me was watching our goal celebrations. It is not a good thing for your team when every time someone scores (talking about Kotalik and Higgins from last night) they look to the heavens with an expression that says “Thank you god, what took so long to let me score? Did I do something evil in a past life? Was I a Flyer?”
The Rangers are 6-1-2 in their last 9 games, for 14 points. Does anyone look at this team and think they are as good as this record indicates??? Every game we win I consider a minor miracle.
We are taking WAY too many too many men penalties. Focus!