Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gabby Strikes Again

Bubba wasn't in the house and neither were there any other dignitaries but Marian "The Great Gabby" struck again. He put the winner in with 3 seconds left in OT and gave the Rangers a 3-2 win in a thrilling match between two original six teams. I love these original six games, except when the Rangers play at Montreal. The goal was Gabby's second of the game. Ryan Callahan scored the other goal for the Rangers. Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid were the goal scorers for the Bruins.

With the win the Rangers opened up a three point lead over the Bruins. In my previous post I had predicted a 0-0 game with the Rangers winning in a shootout. I was close, it was 2-2 and 3.6 seconds short of a shootout.I begged for 80 shots and we got 67, not bad for an old man. Both goalies were better than good. Lundqvist stopped 32 snots and Rask stopped 30.

The two rocks on defense, Girardi and Chara, logged the most ice time of any of the players. Dandy Dan, the shutdown man, logged 33:31 and Zdeno Charo got 32:19. Ironically, both were a minus one. The other end of the spectrum saw Mike Rupp with 3:24. Why bother to dress him? Is he in there to have his obligatory fight and than sit? My good buddy, Scotty Hockey, refers to him as Mike 'f-ing' Rupp. How about Mike 'sitting' Rupp? Stu Bickel was the other short timer getting all of 4:27, six shifts. Why?

But we move on with a great win, in a great atmosphere. Keep going Rangers!


Gabby hat

Blueshirts United
In arguably the Ramgers biggest test of the season, the Blueshirts rose up to the challenge Saturday afternoon at TD Garden and found a way to knock off the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-2 in overtime.

And leading the way was the guy who wore the Broadway Hat following the game, winger Marian Gaborik, who not only scored the game-winning goal with 3.6 seconds left in OT, but who also scored earlier in the contest to give the Rangers, at the time, a 2-1 lead.
"It certainly is nice to help the team this way," said Gaborik, who had gone seven games without a goal coming into play Saturday. "These slumps happen, but I am happy to come up with a couple of goals, and most importantly to help the team to win. Everybody contributed. Hank, again, was stellar in net, and I think everyone left everything out there."
Gaborik now has 25 goals on the season, tied for third most in the NHL, and he also now has six game-winning goals, which is tied for second most in the league...

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