The New York Rangers (7-2-1) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-4-0) by the score of 3-1 tonight. For a recap and box score go to newyorkrangers.com.
...maybe Renney should take a stick to the head every game. Just kidding Tom, glad to see you're ok. But you have to admit the Rangers looked like a completely different team after Renney went down.
...best game as a Ranger for Zherdev. Not just because of his box score (1 goal, 2 assist, +2), but he also helped out defensively and threw his body around a few times. Columbus management must have been kicking themselves tonight especially watching Tyutin flub shot after shot. Although I have to admit Backman actually looked pretty good.
...as good as Zherdev was, Girardi was just as impressive. Defensively he was all over the ice and he chipped in with a goal and an assist.
...Drury and Naslund should thank Zherdev for getting them on the score sheet tonight. In all seriousness I thought Drury had a solid game. He just couldn't put the puck in the net.
...one concern was that early on I thought we were dominated physically by the much bigger Blue Jackets. The diminutive Dawes-Gomez-Callahan line was invisible until late. I think Renney needs to spread the size around.
...oh, sorry two concerns. Dmitri Kalinin is the other. I can't kill him for misplaying the bouncing puck that lead to the only goal, but he does need to do a better job there. He also had some Malik-like giveaways. He did however end the game on a positive note by drawing a 4-minute power play by taking a stick to the face.
...thought we caught a huge break on the Dubinsky goal. Despite Dubinsky making a kicking motion well after the puck hit his skate, I thought the fact that he made a kicking motion at all was going to be enough to overturn the original goal call. Heck I'll take it.
...how did I make it this far without mentioning the King. Great game, huge save on Nash in the second when the Rangers where trailing 1-0.
...right back at it tomorrow against the Cindy Crosby and defending Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.