Sunday, February 14, 2010

Postgame Reactions - Rangers vs. Lightning 2/14

Rangers 5, Lightning 2
  • This game had an entirely different feel than the last time the Bolts were in town, when the Rangers dominated for 60 minutes and won 8-2.  In this one, the first period may have been the most boring period of hockey I’ve seen all season.  10 minutes into the game (if I’m remembering correctly), shots were 3-2 in favor of Tampa.  Both teams looked like they were still hitting the snooze button, and the Lightning managed to put 2 pucks past Lundqvist for a 2-0 lead.
  • The second period was entirely different, as the Rangers woke up and dominated play for most of the frame.  In particular, the first line of Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, and Ryan Callahan was buzzing.
    • Christensen, the game’s 1st star, finished with 2 goals (and nearly a 3rd as he rang one off the post) on 2 shots, an assist, and a +3 rating.
    • Prospal, the game’s 3rd star, finished with a goal and an assist, as well as a +3 rating.
    • Callahan, though he didn’t factor onto the scoresheet, was able to use his body and awareness to create space and energy for his linemates.
  • Marc Staal was also +3 and got the primary assist on Prospal’s tally by kicking the puck out of a scramble in front of Mike Smith and right onto Prospal’s stick.
  • Sean Avery made the most of his penalty shot opportunity, getting Smith to go down before going all the way to his left and roofing it for the Rangers’ first tally.
  • Chris Drury used his instincts to intercept an outlet pass and fire the puck into the empty net to cap off the scoring.
  • Corey Potter looked much better today than he did against the Predators on Wednesday night.  He played over 15 minutes and didn’t look out of place, even getting physically involved.
  • Although Jody Shelley--wearing #45--only played 2:51 in his Rangers debut, you have to like what you saw from him in making sure Zenon Konopka knew it was not ok that he hit Lundqvist’s glove after the whistle.
  • There have been a lot of rumors out there surrounding Brandon Dubinsky and the possibility of a trade, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him go for a decent return.  Today, as is often the case, Dubinsky tried making one too many moves or held the puck one second too long throughout the game.
  • Michal Rozsival played another very good game, and kept Marty St. Louis off the board by using his body against the small winger.
  • Dan Girardi and Staal play so well together, especially on the penalty kill.  They just seem to know where each other are and they do a good job of helping each other clear the puck.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the Dubinsky trade.

    As for Callahan I am looking for a USA #24 Jersey hard. Have been for a few weeks now. Trying NHL store in NYC tomorrow, if not there placing the order online!

    You and all the nieghbors will be glad to know that I only have one game left after the