The Rangers continue to roll, amazing us fans and probably themselves. They have won eight of nine, and are 25-9-4 and sit 4 points over the Flyers for first place in the Atlantic Division. Would you believe that the Rangers are the top team in the NHL with 54 points, one point ahead of the steamrollers from Boston? Only an epic collapse could stop this team from having a truly successful season.
Another key player who should not be overlooked is Marty Biron. Yes, he gave up a soft goal to Santorelli, which led to a camera shot of coach disagreeable in a contorted facial expression, but overall he was solid, with 19 saves. He improved his record to 8-2, a GAA of 2.06 and a save % of .921. Not bad for a backup.
Another big one tonight against the Penguins, but the Rangers have risen to meet every challenge and whatever the results tonight the team seems to be heading in the right direction and barring some unforeseen injury should finish among the top teams. Looking forward to the first encounter against the big bad Bruins. Notice that three of the division leaders are original six teams.
The Scoring Summary:
I erred last time in talking about my little friend Jake Feldman. His bone marrow transplant is scheduled for January 24th. So please if you get a chance say a prayer for Jake and hope that this procedure gives him a chance at a normal life.
-----The Straw Hat:
Anton Stralman wears the Broadway Hat after scoring his first goal as a New York Ranger
-----I'm truly amazed that my good friend and wonderful blogger, the Hockey Rodent, has started a fund to pay coach disagreeable's fine. The man has slandered the integrity of the refs, the NHL and a broadcasting network, NBC, and is lucky he wasn't suspended. It isn't the first time. It's the third time he has been slapped for inappropiate comments.
Sean Avery made a foolish comment about one of his girlfriends and the political correctness police jumped for his throat. One of his biggest critics was said coach disagreeable, who claimed that Avery didn't belong in the NHL. Well, mission accomplished, he doesn't.
So now we have this arrogant, egomanical coach who decides how long press conferences run. Who decides what is discussed and has the press acting like puppy dogs at his feet. I've seen many a hockey game in my lifetime. Perhaps too many. I have seen some of the most atrocious calls made. I have never believed that the refs were biased one way or another though I do admit that at times Kerry Fraser tried my patience. Are some incompetent? Yes. Crooked? I doubt it. So my good friend Rodent, no money from this guy, my family's too big. I'll still read you and enjoy your articles, but on this issue we part ways.