Haven’t checked my tumblr in forever… hello.
With 11 seconds left in the third period Brayden Schenn and John Moore duel 1/12/14
Living in a house of 4 where I’m the only male has it’s problems. Like how the bathroom is always being used.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, what a name. Okay, his real first name is Ha’Sean, but come on… the jokes.
So we’re a little more than halfway through the New York Rangers season, and the season as a whole have failed to live up to fans expectations of the club. The last few games, however, have given loyal blueshirts faithful hope.
Let’s begin Saturday night in Toronto, Hockey Night in Canada, Rangers vs. Leafs, one of the great Original 6 rivalries in the NHL and the Rangers came to play. Following a tough 5-2 loss to the Metropolitan leading division Penguins, the Rangers sure did bounce back against a Leafs team who themselves had a historic shootout win against the Red Wings in the Winter Classic the previous Wednesday. The Rangers scored early, and often. But the standout star here was backup goalie phenom Cam Talbot. Playing in front of his hometown fans, Talbot lived up to the role of “goal buster”, stopping 25 of 26 shots. Not to be outdone, the Rangers themselves took a season high 50 (yes 50) on the Leafs, getting 4 passed Jonathan Bernier before getting pulled for backup James Reimer, who allowed 2 more.
Back home in NY on Monday, the Rangers took on a familiar foe in the Columbus Blue Jackets. A familiar foe because of a few ex-Rangers who now don the Columbus uniform. In the 2nd period, with the game tied at 1-1, Chris Kreider was given a game misconduct penalty for a questionable boarding call on Columbus (and former NY Ranger) defenseman Fedor Tyutin. But the clear highlight of the game had to be the re-emergence of star forward Rick Nash. Earlier in the week, Nash was named to the Canadian Olympic team, and showed his NHL squad (and country) why he is still one of the premier players in the league, scoring 2 power play goals. In the 3rd, after Columbus had taken a 3-1 lead, the Rangers responded to this adversity rather well scoring twice in the 3rd (including one of the aforementioned) Rick Nash power play goals. In the end, however, the Blue Jackets wound up winning in a shootout, but the point the Rangers earned was well earned.
We now come to Wednesday night in Chi-town and another Original 6 foe, the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a game most analysts (and fans alike) predicted would be a downer for the blueshirts. In front of a national television audience, the Rangers scored twice in the 1st, with goals from Brad Richards and new fan favorite Mats Zuccarello. The 2nd, was one to be forgotten as the Blackhawks (who in case you’ve been living under a rock recently) are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, scored twice to knot the affair at 2-2. In the 3rd, it was a classic Rangers comeback, as Carl Hagelin scored late in the period. Oh, and the man in net Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head as he usually does in big game situations, making some huge key saves against the high powered Chicago offense. This was a statement win as the blueshirts downed the Blackhawks 3-2.
If the Rangers have anything to prove to the doubting Brad’s of the world, the next few games will be extremely telling, particularly Friday’s matchup against the tough Dallas Stars, and their big 1-2 combo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and further contests against the Flyers, Lightning and Red Wings.