Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yep. You Really Can't Beat Us!

I used to think that the Flyers couldn't beat us because they had weak goaltending. Judging by the last couple of games I think it is their defense that sucks! The Rangers put up another five spot on the Flyers and would you believe our PP did a Lazerus and scored three PP goals in seven attempts. Ryan Callahan got a hat trick , Gaborik a goal and three assists and Brad Richards continued his fine play with three big assists.

There was the usually feistiness when these two teams meet. Fights, there were a few, plus a ton of misconducts. I don't know why the Flyers bother to dress Tom Sestito. He had 24 minutes in penalties and was on the ice for all of 4:24. He had no shots, got two hits as the Rangers outhit the Flyers 37-33. The Flyers outshot us 33-26 but Lundqvist was brilliant, again, with 31 saves and was spectacular in the second period stopping 17 of 18 shots.

So with one more game against each other the Rangers are up 5 games to zero. I just hope we don't meet them in the playoffs. Remember 1994 when we swept the board against the Devils and then went to seven in the playoffs. So this Ranger team continues to move forward and we may be in the process of developing the special players we will need to make a strong playoff push. Stranger things have happened.

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I think we need a new Ranger hat. This one is really worn.


Blueshirts United: One Hat Deserves Another
It certainly seemed quite appropriate that one type of hat deserved another kind of hat Saturday in Philadelphia. And that is exactly what happened as Ryan Callahan scored three goals in the Blueshirts 5-2 win over the Flyers, picking up his second career Hat Trick, as well as the post-game Broadway Hat for his clutch performance.
"Obviously any time you get three goals you're excited, especially coming against a team that is so close to you in the standings" said Callahan after the game. "I had some pretty easy tap-in goals there, so it wasn't all me today."
Callahan now has 21 goals---reaching the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season, and third time in his career. Two of his goals Saturday came on the power play, where he has scored a team-best ten times already this season...



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