In this segment, I will take a look at the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly parts of last night's 3-2 SO win over the Boston Bruins.
Markus Naslund- The clutch goal in the last minute was huge. He's quietly been really good for us. Now on pace for just under 60 points, Naslund has been a pretty steady producer on a team that is lacking in offense.
Paul Mara- Helped to set up the tying goal. He has always been a steady piece of the blue line, and it showed in this game. He was a +2 on the night, and was part of the reason we were able to win. Paul Mara is also on pace for 32 points this year. His ability to start plays has been key, and last night was a perfect example.
Blair Betts- The fourth line played well. When the team wasn't playing well, Renney used the bottom two lines to get his team back in to it. While Betts did not get on the score sheet, he played a good fore checking game, and even got a little bit physical with Zdeno Chara.
Lauri Korpikoski- His parents flew in from Finland to see him play another great game. He set up the Rangers first goal, notching his first career assist. for two consecutive games, he showed why he made the team out of camp. The little kick in the arse from the trip to Hartford was all he needed.
Ryan Callahan- His battle with Zdeno Chara, who is just a wee bit bigger than he is, got the crowd going. Throughout a game where the crowd was quiet, Callahan got the fans energized.
Dan Fritsche- I was really excited when we got him as a part of the Zherdev deal. He had always been a high energy player who added a good amount of offense. But upon his arrival to New York, it became clear that he would be spending more time in the press box then on the ice. It clearly frustrated Dan, who couldn't make the most of any opportunity that he had.
Now, in the last two games, he has three assists, and his line has been playing with a lot of energy. He has shown great speed, and is finally giving Tom Renney a reason to keep him in the lineup. Renney put his line out to start a PP, and that was the only message the rest of the team needed. Kudos to Dan Fritsche, he deserves it.
Chris Drury- The shootout winner came from the guy who helped make our PK dominant last night. He had two great shorthanded chances in a row, and helped gain back momentum for the team that for the most part, was playing some pretty heartless hockey.
Henrik Lundqvist- While the rest of the team was getting pushed around by the Bruins, Henrik Lundqvist was making great saves, and keeping the team in the game. He stopped 23 of 25 shots, with some great ones in there. Henrik has consistently been our best player, and it didn't change last night.
For a game that they didn't play so great in, there were a lot of players who played good. However, sometimes it only takes one or two other factors to bring a team down
Power Play- Our major weak point went 0-6, going multiple power plays in a row without getting a shot. They spent more time chasing the puck down in their own end then setting up in the other end. However, they have the pieces to fix this, they just need to be smarter with the puck.
Michal Rozsival- For the second time this season, you can blame him for every goal the opponent scored. The first was the 2-1 loss to the Islanders, and now he assisted on the two Boston goals, giving him a minus-six on the season.
Fact is, he is just plain awful. He does not know how to handle the puck, is to scared to shoot it, and it just being nervous. He continues to get top pair minutes even when he has been playing worse then the other five on the roster.
Michal Rozsival needs to go, plain and simple.