Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rangers: First Nighters

Well, there was the red-headed kid again. Stopping pucks again. Twenty saves. Second win and first career shutout. Sure it was the Sabres, but you know what? It's the NHL baby and that's what counts. And there was Keith Yandel. He was missing his old partner, Kevin Klein. He has a new partner, Matt Hunwick, who played quite well, thank you. Yandel stepped up and scored his first goal as a Ranger, the game winner, his 5th of the season.  St. Louis scored an empty netter, his 20th, to close out the 2-0 shutout.

So this Ranger team, this momentum will not stop. 5-0-1 in the last six. 14-2-3  without Lundqvist and 32-7-3 since December 8, 2014. Ninety-three points, tied with Montreal and Anaheim for the best in the NHL. The Rangers have games in hand on both teams. The Rangers are three points ahead of the Islanders in the Metro and have four games in hand.

Big game tonight against Florida, which is six points behind Boston and Washington for the last playoff spot. Talbot should be back in the nets, but the way the Rangers are playing it hardly matters. The Rangers have given up five goals in six games. That's a tough team to beat. Tough road to travel. Doesn't matter who is in or out. The momentum continues.

ICINGS: The T/Birds lost a toughie to Northport, the second place team, 3-1. Two more games and then playoffs. Should be interesting.

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