Monday, March 31, 2014

Cool Hand Cam

Would you believe it is snowing in the area this morning. I thought March was supposed to go out like a lamb. Will we have a White Easter? New York's mayor is going to throw out the first snow ball as the Mets open the season against  the Nationals at Citi Field today.

The Rangers returned to their winning ways led by rookie goalie Cam Talbot, shutting out the Oilers 5-0 at Edmonton last night. Talbot improved to 12-6-0 with his third shut out of the season. He had 26 saves. The Rangers improved to 88 points, two ahead of the Flyers, for second in the Metro, but the Flyers have two games in hand. The Rangers hold a five point lead on the ninth place Caps. If the playoffs were held today the Rangers would match up against Tampa Bay. Now that would be an interesting matchup.

Last night the Rangers beat goalie Ben Scrivens who had beaten them twice with two different teams this year. Once with the Kings and once with this Oiler team. In those two games he had stopped 72 of 73 shots. Last night was different. The Rangers scored two short handed goals and one power play goal. Nash and Zuccarelo each had two goals, one short handed and one even strength and Brassard had the power play goal.

It always seems that the Rangers play a much tighter defense in front of Talbot than they do in front of Lundqvist. Talbot has a 1.67 GAA and a save % of .940. However, with only six games left it's highly unlikely he will see more action unless Lundqvist gets injured. If that were to happen kiss the season goodbye.

Now it's the big one Tuesday in Vancouver against the disagreeable one. Vigneault will return to the city where he coached for seven years with some success. Two Presidential Cups, but coming up short against the Bruins for the Cup. Sounds familiar. But that was yesterday. Today he has a mission to accomplish. Take the Rangers to the promised land. Bring home the Cup.

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