Coming after yesterday's loss in Philadelphia, today's home win against the Flyers was absolutely huge. It was also a pretty dominating win, as the Rangers scored 3 power play goals in 1 game for only the 2nd time all season. (Thank you Perry Pearn.)
As of the time of this posting, we are now in 6th place in the conference, as we hold the tiebreaker over Cindy, Gina, and the rest of the Penguins. We are 1 point ahead of Carolina, plus a game in hand, while we are tied in points with Montreal but they have a game in hand.
On to the newest feature on the blog, my 3 stars of the game:
3. Derek Morris- His addition (and the subtraction of Dmitri Kalinin), combined with already solid play from Paul Mara, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, even with the underwhelming play of Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, gives us a solid defensive corps. Today, he did what Redden's supposed to be doing, putting a good deflectable shot on net that Avery was able to score on giving us the early 1-0 lead.
2. Henrik Lundqvist- 24 saves, only 1 deflection power play goal allowed. And almost half of those saves were of the holy crap how did he save that I gotta see a replay variety. Another great performance by the King, the 1st goalie to win at least 30 games in each of his first 4 seasons.
1. Sean Avery- Avery was at his best, flying all over the ice, pissing everyone on the other team off (including coaches), drawing penalties, and oh by the way, scoring 2 goals. A classic Avery performance and the reason why I never wanted Sather to let him go.
Also, congratulations to John Tortorella on his 244th win, tying him with Peter Laviolette for most wins by an American-born coach.
As I type this, I'm watching an absolutely insane ending to the SEC Championship game between Mississippi State and Tennessee, where with about 12 seconds left, there have been something like 5 turnovers in a 4 second span. Madness indeed.