Power Outage

Lots of good moments in this game.  Prust on a wrap-around to start the scoring!?!?  Set up by Shelley’s forecheck!?!?  Who are these Rangers?  Don’t know, but it’s working.   A demolition of the Lightning, who actually have offensive talent — certainly more than the Rangers.  No Ranger played poorly.  About time.  They are doing what they need to do to win games.  But let us not forget who we are beating.  It’s not exactly the creme-de-la-creme of the NHL.  TB didn’t even have Hedman. 

Another goal for Staal.  And a very solid intermission interview.  You can see his maturation, physically and mentally.  Sam and Joe need to get off his jock a bit — he is not one of the best D in the NHL (yet) — but I understand that to some extent they are Dolan shills.  And Staal is excellent, and on his way to being a Pronger type (in his prime). 

Gaborik was flying for the first time in ages.  His speed into the offensive zone drew the defense to him and was the reason Staal was open. 

But my favorite moment of the game without a doubt is Drury’s actions after Voros scored.  While skating back to the bench he subtly motioned to the officials that the goal was Voros’, and not his.  I’m sure other players do this, but that was a class act move by a class act guy, who himself is not scoring and certainly could use positive reinforcement.  Yet he took care of Voros, a guy the entire team respects and who has paid his dues this year.   Love Drury for being a team player.  The dude is a captain.

Topics: Aaron Voros, Brandon Prust, Chris Drury, Jody Shelley, Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik

Want more from Blue Line Station?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.