But it was not the defensive players who were the stars of this game. It was not Erik Christensen who registered another assist to his 4 game 5 point streak. It was not even the Penalty Killing units who kill 6 Dallas power plays. Not even Marion the Amazing Gaborik who scored a goal did not come close to equaling the two true stars of this game.
The first 8 minutes into the first period belonged to the Stars. But during that 8 minutes, Sean Avery was building up for one of the greatest games of his career.
Five and half minutes into the first the Rangers go on a power play and Michal THE BUM Rozsival makes a terrible pass to Matt Gilroy in the offensive zone. Gilroy, patient as also waits and passes to a wide open Sean Avery who rockets one past Marty Turco.
By the end of the first period, Sean Avery was under the skin of every player on the Dallas line up. Avery’s former team was looking for Sean’s head on a plater and Avery was ready for anything Dallas had.
As a whole the Rangers battled for the puck in the corners and their fore checking was by far better then it has been in many months. Avery was center of attention, playing very physical and very smart. Sean Brought the puck into the Dallas zone against 3 star defenders and he does a spin-arama losing one defender and making a perfect pass to Chris Drury who knocks in his six goal of the year.
Avery was given a 10 minute major penalty which was not deserved. The late hit was a bump not a check and the refs were out of their minds for handing a 10 minute major. Avery was being singled out to cease the aggressiveness pace of the game.
Over all Avery had 4 points on the Night and after the game during the interview he said this is how he will play from here on out with a lot of hesitation. It looked like he was holding back some words as in he might get in trouble with the head couch if he went on to say what he wanted to. He played as Avery of old and I personally loved it.
The other real star was Henrik the King Lundqvist. He stopped 25 shots and killed off almost ten minutes straight on a Dallas PP from the Avery major as well as a 5 on 3. Henrik has been the core of this team and it is his play that will continue to keep this team alive in every game.
It is totally unbelievable that the Rangers are in 7th place in the eastern conference. They are extremely lucky that the rest of the conference has had such a bad season as well , that they are still in the race for the play-offs.
Ales Kotalik scored his second goal in 2 straight games and Chris Drury who has been playing extremely better since it was announced that he would represent the USA in the Olympics scored his sixth of the year. To finish the game off , Ryan Callahan who is also playing for team USA ends it all with an empty netter.
Over all the game was exciting do to Avery. The defense had some issues but were able to turn it around. It was good to see other players scoring and contributing to the teams wins. I am looking forward to see how Avery plays tomorrow night against Atlanta to see if his intensity increases. If they can keep this play going, the Rangers can actually turn this season around.
The Rangers beat a good team in the Dallas Stars, but more huge tests are to come as they get ready for Atlanta tomorrow, the Bruins on Saturday and the Devils on Tuesday. To make me a believer they will need to win all three. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!