Monday, January 13, 2014

The Formula Is Starting To Click

So the big guys are starting to get the idea. Nash and Lundqvist. Rick and Hen-Rick. Quite a duo. Sounds like a law firm but more like a pair of exterminators. One puts them in and one keeps them out. They put on another show last night and of course they had help. Dan Carcillo the old Flyer reject came back to haunt his ex-mates. He opened the scoring a little over two minutes into the game, his first as a Ranger, dished out two hits, got into a fight with Luke Schenn and wound it up with a four player brawl at the end of the game. In other words, he brought his Flyer game to the Rangers and played it against his ex-mates. All this in 9:42 of ice time, and 17 minutes of penalty time. However the game was over when he got the five and ten.

Back to the big guys. Rick Nash scored 28 seconds after Carcillo's goal and the Rangers were off and running. It was his 11th, and they are coming fast and furious as we head to Sochi. Brassard closed out the first period with his 8th as the Rangers had a 3-0 lead after one. Chris Kreider's 12th, a PP goal, gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead and Lundqvist lost his shutout when Mark Streit scored a PP goal in the third. Lundqvist was brilliant, again. He made 37 saves and is now 5-1-1 in his last 7 with a glittering save % of .926.

The win was the Rangers third straight and they are now 24-20-3 and in a tie for second in the Metro, with Washington at 51 points. Its a simple formula the Rangers are using now. The big guys are playing big and the supporting cast is being very supportive. It's a formula that works well and all it boils down to is that every one does the job they are supposed to do. It's working. Let's keep it going.

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