Sunday, October 24, 2010

Here Come The Devils

The Rangers have proved, so far in this early season, that they can win on the road, 3-1-0. Now that have to win one at home, 0-1-1. What better motivation than facing Maaarrrty and the Devils. The key question is, will the million dollar man, Ilya Kovalchuk, be in the lineup tonight? My source has told me that coach John MacLean had the okay of GM Lou Lamoriello to bench the prolific goal scorer and there is no word on if he will play tonight.

If the Rangers follow up last night's outstanding performance with an encore tonight, they should be able to beat the Devils. It was a feisty, penalty filled game where both teams went 1-6 on the power play. Anisimov scored a PP goal to open the scoring in the first and Charo netted a 5-3 PP goal for the Bruins first goal. Lundqvist made 35 saves and Bruin goalie Rask made 27 saves.

Despite 17 minutes in penalties for going after Mark Stuart, who went after Fedotenko's head, Sean Avery played his usual rough, tough, supportive game. The coach and the team had no problem with his instigating a fight with Stuart. So far the Rangers have played very well without their star Gaborik, Drury and Prospel.

For me, this was the best game of the year. Through the years, the Bruins rivalry has always been one of the most highly contested games, usually in the Bruins favor. The replays of some old games especially the Bruins going into the stands was priceless. Hopefully this Ranger team will erase some of those memories. I still see the Kraut Line and goalie Frankie Brimsek skating and shutting us out. But those were bygone days and it is a different story now. With the arrival of our Prince, Henrik Lundqvist, things have changed in Beantown, Lundqvist is 14-4-2 up at Boston and even the ghost of Frankie Brimsek can't erase that.

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