Saturday, January 07, 2012

Talk to the Royal Glove

The Pittsburgh Pens are were only able to talk to the King's glove hand last night and not much else. Henrik Lundqvist slapped a very good Pens team with his royal goalie glove and stopped 37 of 38 shots to lead a sporadic Rangers team to a 3-1 win.

The Rangers picked their spots to be good. Tortorella to his credit called an early time-out to wake up the team from their sluggish start for this back-to-back game.

I will have to get used to and enjoy the "finding a way to win" cliche that we hear every almost every night now. At least for 9 of the last 10 games. It's not such a bad thing to hear and who's going to complain? Certainly not me.

Henrik, we are not worthy. Have a great day!

The Scoring Summary:

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 1 05:43 EV PIT B.Lovejoy(1) C.Adams(5) J.Vitale(7)
2 1 18:17 EV NYR Richards(15) Dubinsky(16) McDonagh(13)
3 2 03:09 SH NYR Dubinsky(5) Callahan(17) Girardi(12)
4 3 01:20 EV NYR D.Stepan(9) unassisted


Blueshirts United:
The Rangers don't plan on retiring the Broadway Hat any time soon because they plan to win quite a few more games the rest of this season. But the team may want to place that hat permanently on the head of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who earned the Broadway Hat yet again following friday night's 3-1 win in Pittsburgh.

Lundqvist not only made 36 saves on Friday, including 13 each in thes econd and third periods, he steadied his weary team that was playing on back-to-back night against a better rested opponent. When the Rangers uncharacteristically faltered defensively during the game, Lundqvist was extremely sharp in holding a gifted Penguins team at bay. As a result Lundqvist earned his sixth straight victory, and he has now held the opposition to two goals or fewer in nine of his last ten starts.

"If you want to be a top team in this league you have to expect a lot from everybody," Lundqvist explained after the game. "You have to challenge each other. And that's what we are doing here. We are building a winning identity, just like Boston and Detroit, teams that have been solid for years. And with me, it starts with my battle level. I want to compete hard out there."

Lundqvist shared after the game that he was using new equipment on Friday, and that he wa sparticularly pleased with his positioning and the play of his glove hand, which was tested often by the Pens.
Things are not all well in Pens land regarding Sid Crosby. Win or lose reading the Pens blog is always fun. I don't know another blog that puts as much energy and emotion into their posts.

Pens Blog:
RECAP: Tighten your buttcheeks. PENS LOSE.
We really don't know what to say. As we have all learned over the past year, just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. During the day Friday, some disheartening Crosby rumors started filtering out. People associated with the Pens came out and peed on the rumors. But it's disheartening to everyone that Crosby is in the position where a rumor stating he won't return this season is even entertained.

Then came the third period Friday night. Satan sat down on his couch and spun the Pens Injury Wheel. And it landed on Jordan Staal....

Then came the Pens goal that got called back. A clear case of interference. Henrik Lundqvist was stopping everything. If Kunitz doesn't interfere with him, King Henrik makes that save. Flip the situation, and never in a million years would you think that goal should count if MAF is the one getting interfered with. There's nothing at all wrong with being a homer, but objectivity has to be brought into the equation somewhere or else you'll go insane. Objectivity is in our blood. That rule is one of the most consistently correct calls made on a nightly basis.

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