Friday, February 06, 2015

Rangers Make A Statement

The Rangers hit the jackpot Wednesday night. They won a big game. They beat a top team, that was hot. They made a statement. They out hustled, out hit, out scored the big bad Bruins in a 3-2 win. They fell behind, but came roaring back. Their defense was crisp and they won the game with their backup goalie, Cam Talbot.

Now they go to Nashville to face the Predators, the number two team in the NHL with a chance to send another message, make another statement. The Rangers are three points behind the first place Islanders and have two games in hand on the Isles. They are two points behind the second place Pens and have two games in hand. They seemed to have shaken off their blahs and are now back to playing good hockey. They have won three straight.

With Lundqvist out, Cam Talbot is the man. Though he has only played in 33 games, ten this year, he has proven to be a solid goalie. Career wise he has a 1.81 GAA and a save % of .935. This year he is 5-4-1 with a GAA of 2,14 and a save % of .924. So he can do the job. Forget those rumors of going into the market for a backup for the injured Lundqvist. There is no one available that is as good as Talbot. And what would we have to give up?

With 33 games to go the Rangers seem poised to make a run at the top spot in the Metro, three points behind. They are seven points behind the top spot in the East, Tampa Bay, and that may be out of reach right now, but who knows. The main goal is to keep playing upbeat, sixty minute hockey, one shift at a time, from here to the end.

The one minus to me is the benching of JT Miller, the last two games. He should be playing. But that is a subject for another day. Right now we are making a statement. We are good and we are a force to be reckoned with. Let's keep it going. Let's Go Rangers!

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