Monday, April 22, 2013

23-17-4: Puck Luck

You've heard the cliche, 'sometimes the puck bounces your way.' Well, on Friday night the puck definitely bounced the right way for the Rangers as they beat Buffalo 8-4.

While I am a strong believer that you make your own luck and the Rangers did have another strong effort, it must be mentioned that it was against a Hindenburg of a franchise. The Sabres, filled with the hot air from the ridiculous claims of their moneybags owner, played like a team missing their head coach and their team captain. They were completely clueless and the Blueshirts were able to take full advantage. So often we have seen the Rangers play down the level of their opponents but, as of the Florida game, their pretty consistent effort kept them ahead of their awful foes.

As we are already a game past this one, just a few Late Hits:

*Carl Hagelin is so fast, so very very fast. Bork, bork, bork.

*Glad Clowe was able to snap his seven-game goal drought. To be remotely worth the hefty price Sather paid, he absolutely has to provide secondary scoring.

*Hank started, again. McDonagh got nearly 26 minutes of ice time, Girardi nearly 25. In the second half of a back-to-back against one of the worst teams in the league. Torts just keeps grinding them down, damned the long-term consequences.

*That being said, they did a great job shutting down the ever-dangerous Thomas Vanek.

*Wish Pat Kaleta had gone off after a serious collision with Clowe's fists, but seeing him skate off injured was still quite satisfying.

*Reiterating a point from last game: can't wait until Derek Dorsett returns and Arron Asham is banished from Broadway. His signing was a mistake of Brashear proportions.

*John Scott played 11 minutes. Hahahahaha.

*Interesting how Ryan Miller's career has gone south since he let Sidney Crosby score the gold medal goal in Vancouver.

*Del Zaster. And that's all I have to say about him.

*PHW Three Stars:
3-Rick Nash - one goal and one assist.
2-Ryane Clowe - one goal and one assist.
1-Brad Richards - three goals.

Scotty Hockey Three Stars:
3-Cally - The captain's goal immediately after the back-to-back Buffalo tallies was terrific - steal, skate, score. Sweet.
2-Richard$ - Three lucky goals but, given how his season has gone, we'll take anything we can get from him.
1-Andrej Sekera/Christian Ehrhoff - Not sure these Buffalo blueliners could have had a worse game, and they were two of the few veterans out there among the Rangers' foes.

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