Last night the New York Rangers (39-26-11) were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers (39-28-10) 2-1 in OT. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
- Jaromir Jagr's first period goal gave him 20 goals for the 17th straight season. It was also Jagr’s 641st goal, which broke a 12th-place tie with Dave Andreychuk on the NHL career list, and his 1,591st point moved him ahead of Phil Esposito for ninth.
- The Flyers scored both goals 4 on 4.
- Sean Avery and Marek Malik combined for a -4.
- Martin Biron made 31 saves in the victory. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 23.
- The Rangers power play went 0-4 and are now 0 for their last 18 and 1 for their last 30.
...despite losing another crucial point to the Flyers, I've decided to be a glass half full guy today instead of a half empty one.
...ok, terrible give away by Avery in OT especially after losing his man (Briere) on the tying goal in the third period. But he's been too good for the Rangers during his tenure to kill him for a bad night. Especially when he's playing out of position.
...sure the Flyers pulled to within a point of us (we have a game in-hand) and Boston to within three, but Buffalo, Florida and Toronto all lost last night virtually eliminating them from playoff contention. Only Washington was able to win last night and they're still five points behind us and we have a game in hand. Plus we're only two points behind the fourth place Devils and fifth place Senators.
...despite being without two of our top four centers and our supposed number one defenseman we were still able to come away with a point.
...two players I have to point out that had outstanding games were Backman and Prucha. Since coming to the Rangers I hadn't seen Backman that sure with the puck in the defensive zone and so physical. Looks like all he needed was a little confidence. Prucha looked like a crazed animal that had been caged for too long. Despite not registering a shot on goal he was all over the ice, hitting anything in site and even got into a scrap with Hartnell.
...alright I have to bring in one negative. The power play. Another o'fer. In one goal games the power play makes all the difference and right now its losing us games. I didn't think it was possible to go 1 for 30 (and that 1 was on a 5 on 3). If in the lineup Thursday, Prucha needs to be on one of the power play units.
...next three games vs. Devils, @Penguins, vs. Penguins. I'd be happy getting three out of six points.