Tuesday, November 02, 2010

There's No Place Like Home, Auntie Em!

The Rangers finally got it right. They won a home game, only their second, and beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed a cheapie to Patrick Kane, more than atoned on a great save on Tomas Kopecky with a little over a minute to go in the game. Lundqvist made 33 saves and the Ranger team blocked 33 shots.

Brandon Dubinsky scored a late goal in the first period, an early goal in the third period and Erik Christensen got the game winner at the 6:36 mark of the third period. Ryan Callahan played a forceful game. All in all it was the second great game in a row and truly a team performance.

The Blackhawks have always been one of my favorite visiting teams. My first Ranger game was against the Blackhawks. My first game away from the Garden was at Chicago Stadium in 1957 when rookie Bobby Hull faced off against the Montreal Canadiens. I believe it was a 6-5 Blackhawk win with Hull scoring a couple of goals. And who can forget Pete Stemkowski's OT game winner in the playoffs against the Blackhawks. All in all a great rivalry. Too bad the Rangers don't play them more often.



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4 comments:

  • Scotty Hockey said...
     

    Completely agree. Another huge mistake by NHL brass that we face these guys once or twice a year. Original Six rivals should be respected ...

  • I hate GB said...
     

    What do you expect from King Gary - he's an Islander fan. They have no respect for the Original Six.

  • mike said...
     

    Scotty Hockey-Gary Bettmen has no respect for the history and traditions of the NHL and the Original Six.

  • mike said...
     

    I hate GB-I couldn't agree more.