You remember that old song, "Open the Door, Richard." Of course you don't. If you did you would be as old as me. But Brad Richards not only opened the door, but he demolished it. Richards aided by his linemates, Gaborik and Hagelin racked up nine points in turning back the 'Canes 4-2. Richards two goals, (22,23) and an assist. Gaborik a goal (34) and two assists and Hagelin a goal (13) and two assists. The trio had 15 of the 28 shots the Rangers got on goal.
Richards has been fooling us all year. He waited until things got serious. He was a sniper, laying in ambush waiting to strike. And strike he has. He is on top of his game now. And its none too soon. Coming in Thursday are the red hot Penguins, who right now are only six points behind the Rangers. The big danger for the Rangers is if they fall off the top and get into a dogfight with the Flyers, Devils and Senators for fourth place.
Marty Biron played another strong game with 27 saves and for a change didn't give up the first goal or two. Lundqvist was out with the flu and hopefully will be back at full strength against the Penguins. Should be an interesting and wild night. Stay tuned.
ICINGS: Official or unofficial, Sean Avery has announced his retirement claiming he threw his skates in the Hudson. Stay loose and in shape Sean. Next year is another year and there may be a spot for you with the Islanders, Devils or Flyers. Wouldn't that be marvelous. Don't let the bastards wear you down!
Any one of the three forwards who currently make up the Rangers' top line combination likely could have been named the recipient of club's Broadway Hat following Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Carolina at The Garden. All three---Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik---recorded three points.
However in the end it was the rookie, Hagelin, who proudly wore the Broadway Hat in the post-game locker room."To me the biggest key (on that line) is Hags because he chases down pucks and they have puck posession because he is always chasing down pucks and making plays," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Hagelin.
Open the Door, Richard (#1 hit version) - The Three Flames