Thursday, January 7, 2010

Postgame Reactions - Rangers vs. Stars 1/6

Rangers 5, Stars 2
  • Welcome back, Sean Avery!  What a night for Avery...he started by tying the game early on a slapper over Turco's shoulder, then went on to record the primary assist on the next 3 Rangers goals, all while annoying the heck out of the Stars (at points it seemed like they were collectively more focused on killing #16 than beating the Rangers).
  • Avery also had what I'm calling the quote of the year in his postgame interview when asked what was different about this game, he simply stated, "I was getting paid by 2 teams."  Classic!  Here's the video from his interview. (Thanks @cathybytes)
  • Henrik Lundqvist is looking like The King about that silly stick save he made on Jamie Benn in the second period?!? WOW!  The only 2 pucks that got by him tonight were deflected.
  • Can we all agree that Erik Christensen has earned a regular spot on this team?  4-game point streak since taking Vinny Prospal's spot and another strong game tonight.
  • Michal Rozsival had 2 more assists tonight (8 in the last 10 games), and was the only Ranger not named Avery to record more than 1 point...just sayin'.
  • Dan Girardi is an absolute warrior and I hope Glen Sather locks him up for another 2-4 years at about $1.5-2m per.  He blocked a team-high 4 shots tonight in a team-high 23:09, was plus-3, had 2 hits and 2 takeaways. I'm not sure about this, but I don't think he's missed a game since he was called up from Hartford 3 seasons ago...that's 240 consecutive games and he's only 25.
  • Donald Brashear was flat out robbed of his first goal as a Ranger by Marty Turco tonight.
  • With his empty netter, Ryan Callahan is officially the 2nd 10-goal scorer on the Rangers this season.  Callahan also had a strong game on the PK, along with Chris Drury.  The PK went 6 for 6 tonight.
  • Ales Kotalik has improved his play at even strength of late, and done so with consistency.
  • Brandon Dubinsky had another strong game playing left wing.  Torts should keep him there for the long haul.
  • Tomorrow (Thursday) night's game at Atlanta will be on MSG+

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I didn't fall out of my seat when Kotalik actually scored an even-strength goal.