Rangers Handle Their Business On The RoadNovember 6, 2009
The Rangers rebounded and rebounded in a big way on Thursday night defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. It was a complete effort by the entire team, especially Steve Valiquette who filled in very nicely in net for Henrik Lundqvist limiting the Oilers to only 2 goals.
Coach John Tortorella obviously was in his players ears during Wednesdays practice because the Rangers skated for the entire 60 minutes. There was not one time during that game when the win was in jeopardy. The Rangers struck early and simply never showed any signs of letting up.
An old sports adage goes “you can’t score if you don’t shoot”. The Rangers on Thursday night were able to score multiple goals because of a season high 39 shots on goal. They also took advantage when they were on the power play scoring three of the four goals on the power play.
Ales Kotalik had a huge night for the Rangers as he tallied three points with an amazing goal during the 2nd period from whom else but Marian Gaborik. Gaborik and Callahan were constantly involved in the action as both recorded three-point nights.
One play which stood out was during the second power play when Marian Gaborik made a beautiful pass to the point through two defenders setting up the slap shot goal by Kotalik.
And FYI, if you haven’t noticed, Marian Gabroik will be mentioned in approximately 93 percent of all of my hockey posts. It’s not because I have a man crush, the guy is straight filthy and will be the biggest acquisition made by any team this entire season.
Finally, the Rangers defense also came through last night as they killed off power play after power play after some lazy defense which in turn caused a few penalties. Rozsival again was a non factor which is baffling after his strong play during the entire last season; however, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal played extremely well defensively completely shutting down the Oilers.
All in all, the win was solid and it was exactly what the Rangers needed to accomplish. The Rangers have the night off tonight and will play a tough road game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Look for the Rangers to skate well and leave it all on the ice again as it will be their last game till next Thursday.
|(10-6-1, 21 pts)|
|Flames Saturday 10:00pm|
|(9-4-1, 19 pts)|
Free Pick for November 6th: Toronto/Carolina Under 6 -115