Wednesday, April 02, 2014

St. Loius Scores, Mac Goes Down

Somehow there is always a good news, bad news to a game. In a game that was mostly good news the Rangers are worried about the condition of Ryan McDonagh, who was nailed into the boards by Alex Burrows, and suffered a left shoulder injury with only 43.8 seconds to go into the game. We will find out later today the condition and how long the absence. We cannot afford to go without the Big Mac for too long, not with five games to go into the season and the magic number for the playoffs is three over Washington.

Now the good news in order of importance. The Rangers won, their 25th road game win, a franchise record. They now have ninety points, in 2nd place in the Metro, three points ahead of Philly who have two games in hand. The Rangers have five games left. Martin St. Louis scored his first Ranger goal, a short handed on a pass from Rick Nash, and his 30th of the season. Since St. Louis joined the Rangers their record is 10-4-1. Not bad.

Other Ranger goal scorers were Carcillo(4) and Pouliot(13) a power play goal. That gave the Rangers a two goal lead and after Kesler cut it to one, St. Louis goal was the clincher. The short handed goal was the Rangers 10th of the year tying them for second in the NHL for the most short handed goals.

Lundqvist was brilliant again with 34 saves and the Canuck goalie Eddie Lack had 28 saves. Lundqvist's performance was acknowledged by his former coach who is definitely on the hot seat in Vancouver as the Canucks sit in 10th in the West, six points out of a playoff spot. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

So now it's sweat it out time to see the condition of Ryan McDonagh. We need the Big Mac back and we need him back in 100% condition.

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