The game was your typical Ranger game. Low scoring. Hard hitting. The teams doled out a total of 66 hits. Strong, maniacal defense by the Rangers and the obligatory Mike Rupp staged fights. Rupp had two last night both with Chris Thorburn. Mike spent 10 minutes in the penalty box, 6:42 on the ice and 43:18 on the bench. And Sean Avery sits in Hartford. Set him free Stealth!
The goal scorers were Mitchell, Callahan and Richards. The impotent power play was 0-4 and is now 1-21 in the last nine games. It gets worse as we go further back but why belabor the point. If there is anyone in the Ranger organization that knows anything about a power play they should speak now or forever hold their peace.
ICINGS: Yesterday's post was the 1,000th for the Ranger Pundit. Our first post was way back in April 2004 and who dreamed that we would still be plugging away almost eight years later. Of course not much has improved in Rangerland as we have gone through many players and coaches, but one constant GM. Our playoff record has been mostly non-existant, but as they say hope springs eternal. So we continue to hope. For those of us who have been frustrated through the years we always turn optimistic when we turn the page of the new year. This year has been brighter than most so the spark has been brighter a little longer than usual. Hopefully it will continue and the end result will be the hoisting of the much talked about and coveted Stanley Cup! Let's Go Rangers!