This game had me pulling my hair out of my head, with penalty after penalty, but the Rangers PK until shined. They shut down one of the best PP teams in the league 7 times.
It wasn’t until the Caps 8th power play that they were able to make anything happen. This was a back and forth game, between penalties and goals.
Who showed up to play, who got bench and who was shut down.
One of my favorite Rangers is Ryan Callahan. At 5’11 188lbs. Ryan is one of the most aggressive players in the league. Tonight against Washington, he was questionable about playing. Suffering from an upper body injury, Callahan played anyway, and what a performance he put on.
Ryan forced two breakaways; one included stealing the puck from Alex Ovechkin. Both were on a 4-3 penalty kill and on the second breakaway, Ryan scored his first goal of the season on a beautiful backhand shot. Playing injured and playing great throughout the game, Callahan definitely showed up to play.
In the first period, Michal Rozsival turns the puck over in the neutral zone, resulting in the first goal of the game by Alexander Semin. Early in the second period, rosy turns the puck over again and tops it off with a penalty. By the third period, head coach John Tortorella had enough of Rosy and benched him! Well it is about time.
With Rosy benched, the Rangers took it to a new level. Marion Gaborik scored twice, putting the finishing touch to this game. One was a power play goal!
I have said this since last year. I will continue to say it. Rozsival needs to go. He will only hurt this team as he did tonight. Luckily the rest of the Rangers where good enough to make up for Rosie’s good for nothing playing ability and took the win. Rozsival did not show up to play and so far has not shown up to play this season.
So far some of the most impressive playing has been from the 3rd line. I have been waiting impatiently to see Artem Anisimov play. Something told me this kid was the real deal and so far he has played top notch.
With some great fore-checking by Artem , Enver Lisin and Ales kotalik, Lisin manages to come away with the puck, passing it to Artem who finds his way into this tiny area to make this great pass to Kotalik, who knocks in his second goal of the year. Lisin is playing for the injured Sean Avery, and he has definitely been playing very well. A Rangers salute to that third line ,They all showed up to play!!!
There are six defensemen playing every game and out of them all, the highest paid defender on the Rangers had the fewest played minutes. If you were misfortunate enough, you heard the sports announcer say his name twice a game. Maybe! Wade Redden played the fewest minutes out of all the defenders and really has not done anything to raise an eye brow over. This guy has shown up to collect his pay check and that is it. He has not made any great defensive plays, and has not scored a goal yet. Are we surprised? Hells NO! The Rangers in their four games played have scored an amazing 14 goals and the overpaid Wade, has zero assists. Wade has not shown up yet, and the party is over for him. Get rid of Wade already.
What can you say about King Hank? He plays great almost every game. Tonight he let in a goal he should of most definitely have stopped. But do to the fact that the Rangers won, it is no big deal. However what Hank did do tonight was shut down Ovechkin and that in its self it one hard task. Alex had 9 shots on goal, some were point blank range and Lungqvist was up to the challenge and then some. As always, our King showed up to play.
This is a year that no one will be able to say enough about Marion Gaborik , Vinny Prospal, and Brandon Dubinsky , who to my surprise is doing a very good job on that first line. They come to play each and every game so far and it has shown. Out of the 14 goals scored they tallied 7 of them. Not including Del Zottos’ goals. The power play looks very good and has been productive.
The Rangers played a great game. Especially when they played 18 minutes on the penalty kill. This was an impressive win and showed just how good their pk is without Blair Betts. They were physical, stopped 7 out of 8 pp, and scored a shorthanded goal. Blair who? Don’t worry Ranger fans, our pk is just fine!
The Rangers host the Mighty Ducks on Sunday and Sean Avery might be in the lineup. This should be another great game.
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