Two games and two impressive wins for the Rangers on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s 6-3 win in Washington was a big one for the Blueshirts after a pair of sub-par (and that’s being kind) efforts in Montreal and Florida, though Saturday’s 2-0 shutout of the Flyers stole the show as a perfect defensive performance, coupled with Henrik Lundqvist’s 37th career shutout, silenced the high-scoring Flyers – who, admittedly, were short Jaromir Jagr, James Van Reimsdyk and Chris Pronger. But let’s not belittle a tremendous effort, hey.
In terms of news to report, today’s unveiling of the Rangers’ Winter Classic jerseys (4pm ET, live on Blueshirts United and Facebook) is where most will have their eyes glued to this afternoon. The Flyers unveiled theirs last Monday.
Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look at the Minnesota Wild’s tribute to Derek Boogaard that aired before last night’s game against the Calgary Flames. That’s how you do it.
Join me after the jump as we recap the weekend’s Ranger reads.
Jess Rubenstein recaps Saturday’s prospects action, including a five-point night for Michael St. Croix as his Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 on the road. St. Croix, a 4th-round pick this summer, has 11 points in his last four games (13-20-33 overall) and sits 13th in WHL scoring, second among Ranger prospects. [The Prospect Park]
Nick Montemagno analyses the Rangers play at the quarter-mark of the season. Check out that swanky new layout while you’re over there. [Rangers Tribune]
Blueshirt Banter’s Joe Fortunato praises Carl Hagelin and Michael Del Zotto, amongst others, following the Rangers wins over the Capitals and Flyers. Hagelin posted his first point in the NHL on Friday, before scoring his first goal on Saturday. [Blueshirt Banter]
Larry Brooks also takes a look at Del Zotto in his recent column for the NY Post, including this quote from the third-year defenseman about bouncing back in the seasons first quarter. [NY Post]
I’m back to where I wanted to be, but by no means am I satisfied or willing to settle. I’ve already learned how things can change in a hurry by letting things slip even a little, so I’m aware every day of putting in my work and doing whatever is necessary to improve. I appreciate every day.
Patrick Hoffman asks the question over at Kukla’s Korner, is Dan Girardi the most underrated defenseman in the NHL? Girardi, the should-be All-Star, is having a tremendous season on Broadway in the absence of Marc Staal, logging almost 30 minutes a night alongside Ryan McDonagh (who has been just as fantastic). Answers on a postcard. [Kukla's Korner]
And finally, on an un-Ranger’d note, Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice have both lost their coaching jobs in Washington and Carolina respectively this morning. Dale Hunter takes over in Washington while Kirk Muller fills the void in Carolina.
Tags: 2012 Winter Classic Carl Hagelin Dan Girardi Derek Boogaard Henrik Lundqvist Michael Del Zotto Michael St. Croix Minnesota Wild New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers Washington Capitals Winter Classic