With a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Rangers have started 3-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
But more then the team's record that is creating a buzz among Rangers fans.
Three players—Brandon Dubinsky, 22, Nikolai Zherdev, 23, and Aaron Voros, 27—played a game for the ages. Dubinsky had a goal and two assists, Zherdev had a goal and an assist, and Voros had a goal and as assist.
Not only were they playing great offensively, but all were getting involved physically, and used solid defensive play to transition to offense. It's the kind of energetic, youthful effort that Ranger fans have been wanting for a very long time.
The name "PlayStation Line" is starting to catch on. This started when Dubinsky invited Voros over to play Playstation. They started playing NHL and Aaron told Brandon to put them on the same line. Next day in practice, they were on the same line for real. Apparently video games ARE realistic.
One only needs to see the emotion, energy, and character that these players show, and they will start to love how they play. MSG's broadcast panned to Dubinsky and Voros next to eachother on the bench, only to be caught off-guard as Dubinsky made a funny face at a Blackhawk player.
It doesn't stop there. You just have to look at the way each guy celebrates a goal. Each guy got a chance to show a cool celebration.
Aaron Voros struck first, and his celebration got everyone pumped up. He skated up to the glass and started banging on it the way Alexander Ovechkin does. Fans sitting front row got to see Aaron get that excited, up close.
You couldn't help but smile, to see a guy like Voros, who clearly cherished the moment. A lifelong Ranger fan, hd was very excited to come here, and has made a good early impression.
Dubinsky came next. Not to be outdone by his new friend and line mate Aaron Voros, Dubinsky came around the boards and bent over to try and fist pump, only to slip and fall in the process. As Voros came in to give him a congratulatory hug, he slipped and fell on top of Brandon, causing a mini dog pile filled with the laughter and excitement of two young guys who area really enjoying themselves.
Next, Zherdev finished one—and of course, he had to show Dubinsky how to do it. He did the same move as Brandon did, but didn't fall. He has a little more experience in celebrating, and his goal brought the line full circle.
You could see chemistry that we haven't seen for a while. The 2006-07 Rangers were said to be built around chemistry. While Nylander and Jagr did have some chemistry there, it looked nothing like what we saw last night between these three guys.
It's the kind of play that Ranger fans love to see, the kind of play we've been waiting for.
Jason Klau is a writer at www.freewebs.com/NHL2Day
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