Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rangers Toe Down Caps

It was ”just a tweak” had to be one of the best pieces of news coming out of today's 3-2 win over the Capitals. Seeing Ryan McDonagh go down very awkwardly after his beautiful toe drag and goal, followed by getting helped off the ice was a stomach churning minute. Then learning later after the game that McDonagh said about the tweak, “I’m trying to not make a big deal of it. I’m O.K,” was a sweet cherry on top of a great matinee win.

Captain Cally, who scored his fifth goal in 3 games, is coming up huge in this strong mid-winter stretch. This has been when our Rangers have shown an uncanny ability in the recent past to go into hibernation. But not this year. It helps that Cally is getting a little help from his friends.

Did you notice that once again the offensive secret sauce was the defense, which was a part of every Rangers' goal. Besides McDonagh's goal, Staal and Stralman each had an assist.

Lundqvist as usual brought his super solid, steady, Vezina-caliber game. He stopped 26 of 28 shots. He is now 6-1-0 in his last seven games. He leads the league in save percentage, at .939, and is second in GAA, at 1.81, etc, etc.

Dubinsky with a couple of assists, shows that he still wants to be part of the Rangers mix. Do you think he's heard any of the trade talk?

Seeing Brandon Prust get a his first goal since October 20th was a fun jump out of your seat moment. Tortorella's comments after the game echoed that Rangerland feeling:

“Did he [Prust] get the Broadway Hat?” Coach John Tortorella asked after the game. Told that the player-awarded honor for hustle and guts went to Ryan McDonagh, who also scored, Tortorella replied, “Pruster should’ve gotten the hat.” He also called Prust “a real easy guy to root for.” 
Plus, Boyle and Richards contributing assists rounded out a very balanced offensive attack by our Bluehirts.

Scoring Summary:

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 1 11:01 EV NYR Callahan(22) Stralman(8) Richards(22)
2 2 06:31 EV WSH Semin(15) Chimera(11) Carlson(20)
3 2 13:21 EV NYR McDonagh(5) Boyle(10) Dubinsky(17)
4 3 06:26 SH NYR Prust(3) Dubinsky(18) Staal(1)
5 3 17:32 EV WSH Carlson(7) Ovechkin(21) Hamrlik(7)

The Blueshirt playoff express is rolling down the tracks and woe to anyone who is standing in the way. Coming through.

Mac Hat

BlueShirts United: Mac's First Broadway Hat --
It was quite the eventful afternoon Sunday at The Garden for Ryan McDonagh. He scored his first goal since December 1st---a span of 32 games, logged a team-high 25:23 worth of ice-time, blocked a team-high 5 shots, and seemingly suffered a bad knee injury after scoring his goal 13:21 into the second period.

Fortunately McDonagh just "tweaked" the knee after shifting his weight and blasting his shot past Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth, and was able to quickly return to action after a visit to the trainer's room.

When all was said and done, McDonagh also had earned his first Broadway Hat of the season...
McDonagh toe drag

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