Saturday, March 08, 2014

Sweet Carolina

Yes, the Rangers love to play in Carolina. Last night's win was the Rangers 6th straight win in Carolina. But it wasn't easy. They were down 1-0 going into the third period and after McDonagh scored a short handed goal, the Rangers third short handed in a row, to tie it they fell behind on Skinner's penalty shot goal, before erupting for three unanswered goals to win the game 4-2.

Rick Nash tied the score, on a four on four, by banking one in off of D-man Andrej Sekara's stick. McDonagh's goal also reflected off of Sekara's stick. The winner came on a five on three off a beautiful feed by Martin St. Louis to Derek Stepan who buried it past a very good goalie, Anton Khudobin who made 40 saves. Lundqvist had 22 saves and gave up his 4th penalty shot goal this year.

The Rangers scored a short handed goal, a 4 on 4 goal, a 5 on 3 goal and an empty netter. The Canes scored a 5 on 5 goal plus a penalty shot so the crowd was treated to see every type of situational goal. I think!

Anyhow, good win. The Rangers are tied for second with the Flyers and its Detroit at the Garden tomorrow afternoon, at which I will join number two son. In his second game with the Rangers, St. Louis looked quite comfortable and ready to take over a leadership role. He was very much in control on the 5 on 3 power play and his pass to Stepan for the game winner was a thing of beauty. More good news. There are two more games at Carolina this year.



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