The New York Rangers (17-7-2) defeated the Florida Panthers (8-11-3) by the score of 4-3 in a shootout tonight. For a recap and box score go to newyorkrangers.com.
...while the Rangers aren't making it easy on their fans, you have to give them credit for finding ways to win. And that way to win seems like in the shootout where they are now 6-1 on the season.
...just like last game, Ranger fans can get upset about not dominating one of the worst teams in the league, but two points is two points and when your team is currently in first place in the conference its difficult to criticize them.
...does anybody think Prucha would have scored Fritsche's goal if he was in the line-up? Me neither.
...you know your power play had a rough night when your goalie had to make tougher saves on the man advantage than the opposing one. Tonight was exhibit A for why Perry Pearn should be fired.
...did Dvorak learn that slew-foot from Evgeni Malkin? (If you don't know what I'm referring to click here)
...great individual effort by Orr on Voros' goal.
...what in the world were Betts, Orr and Redden doing on Florida's tying goal with 1:33 left? Betts and Orr both get caught up ice, then our $39 million defenseman just watches Dvorak skate right past him for a two-on-one which Booth cashes in on. Terrible.
...with the Rangers playing the Coyotes, Lightning and then Florida twice this week they needed to get a minimum of six points in those four games. Now that they have those six points in the first three games, I'd like to see Renney give Valiquette the start on Sunday against Florida to get Lundqvist four full days rest before facing the Penguins and Canadiens back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday then finishing the week against the Calgary Flames next Sunday.
...oh yeah and I officially have a man crush on Zherdev.