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Revenge is a dish sometimes best served warm

November 25, 2009

Marian Gaborik redirects for his league leading 19th goal

After a disappointing loss on Saturday at the Garden against the Florida Panthers in a game where the Rangers undoubtedly deserved the win, the Rangers were able to get redemption a few days later beating the Florida Panthers in a very strong all around performance by the Blueshirts.

It was good to see Chris Drury back on the ice after suffering a concussion on November 7th.  The team has been in disarray since he went down and they certainly missed his presence.

  It is not that Drury has dazzling offensive capabilities, but he does an excellent job at setting up his teammates.  He doesn’t have the title of captain because of seniority; rather he holds this title because he plays a team game and never  tries to force the action.  Drury represents consistency and this is exactly what the up and down Rangers need right now. 

During the first period of  tonight’s game, the Rangers forced constant pressure and were able to accomplish this by their constant floor checking.   It seemed at times as if they were on the power play as Ryan Callahan led the way adding to his league lead total in hits.

Constant pressure creates turnovers and opportunities which enabled the Rangers to keep control of the puck and keep it out of the defensive zone.  With 5 minutes remaining in the first period, the Panthers had only one shot on goal.  That is very impressive on the part of the Rangers and it is something that should always be a point of interest  when they step on the ice.  Concentrate on controlling the puck and this will enable you to control the flow of the game. Let the opposition play reckless and then capitalize on their carelessness.     

At 9:32, Florida was called for tripping as they were caught off guard how quicker they were playing in comparison to their last meeting.  The Rangers had multiple opportunities but were unable to put one in.  This in turn caused the BankAtlantic Center to become utterly silent except when the fans voiced their displeasure as they booed their team because of their dismal effort put forth during the first twenty minutes.  

Defense as we all know leads to offense, and this is what started the brake by PA Parenteau at the beginning of the 2nd who took it by himself to the net and with Avery battling in front, Florida was called for a penalty.  This led to an opportunity by Higgens from Avery which was denied by a tremendous save by Thomas Vokoun.  After that save did not see much action come his way until the final 3 minutes where the Rangers kept the puck in Florida’s zone. 

Florida soon after was called for interference as Anisimov’s progress was impeded as Anisimov and a Florida player both went for a free puck.  Finally, the hard skating by the Rangers was rewarded when Drury took a slap shot from the point that was perfectly redirected by Marian Gaborik.  This goal give him his league lead 19th goal and gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead going into the 2nd intermission.

The beginning of the 3rd period started with offensive chances by the Rangers.  At 6 minutes in, Vinny Prospal had his head down and got rocked by a charging Oreskovich.  Matt Gilroy, a North Bellmore Rookie out of BU, didn’t take liking to the hit and came to his defense even though he was obviously outmatched and took a couple shots to the face and had to be escorted to the locker room.

 The fighting major plus an instigator penalty as well gave the Panthers a man advantage again, and after a good penalty kill, Vinny Prospal was called for interference and the Rangers for the 5th had to successfully kill another PP and were able to do so because of the strong play by Dan Girardi.  The Rangers had a shorthanded 2 on 1 but did not capitalize and Henrik Lundqvist made a few key saves until Dominic Moore put a wrist shot glove side through a screened Lunqvist off a turnover.  This tied the game 1-1 pushing the game into OT securing at least one point for the Rangers.

In overtime, Ryan Callahan took a stick to the face giving the Rangers a powerplay and a 4-3 man advantage.  The Rangers had numerous shots on net put nicely together between Drury and Gaborik.  Vokoun had other plans however and stood strong.  Lundqvist had to be equally as good for the Rangers to force a shootout.

Lunqvist on Florida’s first shot attempt stuffs Horton only to be matched by Tomas Vokoun stoping Gaborik.  PA Parenteau comes up big again for the Rangers as he did a few weeks back in Ottawa scoring the winning shootout goal by holding till Vokoun gave him just enough room and then placed a beauty right side giving the Rangers the lead.  Lunqvist then had the pressure to stop a backhanded shot by Stephen Weiss, and when the pressure is on Henrik is at his best as he nabbed the puck and sealed the victory.

Tonight’s game showed that playing better than the other team does not guarantee you victory.  It goes to show that you have to play a full 60 minutes.  The win was a good way to start a three game road trip, but the only worry is the offense again as only one goal was scored which will not be sufficient every night.  

Good win however and the Rangers will travel to Tampa Bay to play the Lightening friday evening followed by two games against the Penguins.  Effort put forth like tonight is what needs to be done on Friday and I am sure coach will be stressing it as well.  To be a good team means stringing together victories. 

 NY Rangers (13-10-1)

@                         Friday 7:30 pm

Tampa Bay (9-6-7)

  Free Pick for Turkey Day: Lions +11 -110

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2 comments

  1. I am biased towards the Leafs being a homer and all but boy has Gaborik done well for me in the pools.

    I’m interested to see if he can keep up this pace. If he stays healthy I could see him Top 5 in scoring easily. Only time will tell I guess.

    http://www.cheddarbomb.wordpress.com


  2. yeaa the team doesn’t mind running the offense through him so he will def have the chances…rangers have no other offense so he will produce



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