Monday, February 09, 2015

Stars Outplay Rangers

Well this weather is really rocking the East. Today it was ice making the traveling treacherous. Thank God for global warming, or is it climate change or is it just what the weather wants to do when it wants to do it. Very frustrating.

Speaking of frustrating did you see the Rangers last night? Came out flat as pancakes. The Rangers got five shots in the first period. The Stars were no bargain, also getting only five shots. It was a dandy, Jim. Actually it was awful. It didn't get much better and the Rangers entered the third period trailing 2-1. The coach even benched two of his stars in the second period, St. Louis and Stepan.

The third period saw a Ranger revival where they out shot Dallas 20-2 and tied the game on a goal by Chris Kreider with 1:20 left in the third. Actually the Rangers were lucky on that one as an over energetic Dallas goalie, Kari Lehtonen came way out of his net to step a harmless shot way wide of the goal. He scrambled to get back to his net when Kreider put in an easy rebound to tie the score.

You would have thought that the Rangers would roar out of the gate for the OT. But it was Dallas and veteran Alex Hemsky who scored the winner as the Rangers were in chase mode in their zone and it was all over at 1:02 of OT. Thank goodness they are heading for a three game road trip to Toronto, Colorado and Arizona. They have been good on three game trips like Western Canada and California.

Cam Talbot made twenty two saves and now is 5-5-1. Save for the Bruins game, Ranger win, the team has gone in a trance since Lundqvist got hurt. Lundqvist has a vascular injury, less sore neck and less headaches. Thank God it wasn't more serious. I expect him back in two more weeks. He is the ultimate competitor and it's hard for me to see him being out for a long time. Say prayers, think positive.

ICINGS: The T/Birds traveled to Brewster, New York to play Hudson Valley in what was supposed to be an outdoor game. A Winter Classis of sorts. However, the weather didn't cooperate and they played indoors. The T/Birds won 5-1, enhancing their chances for a playoff spot. A sad note on the passing of Dean Smith, legendary coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. A true gentleman, great coach, who led the Tar Heels to two national championships. Condolences to the Smith family and God Bless.

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