Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rangers! "King of the Hill, Top of the Heap"

New York. New York. Would you believe number one in the Metro and tied with Montreal for the East with a game in hand. Also tied with Central's Nashville and Pacific's Anaheim with games in hand. And we hold wins over all three teams, but we do have to figure out a way to beat Carey Price.

Last nights game was a war. The Caps did their best to try and intimidate the Rangers. They out hit us 34-30, but we out shot them 31-29 and more important we out scored them 3-1. The scorers were Hagelin (15), JT Miller (7) and St. Louis (19). Ovechkin got his league leading 45th, 21st power play goal. The goal went in off of Jesper Fast. It was the first goal scored for an opponent when Fast was on the ice killing a penalty.

Our new Prince, Cam Talbot, was outstanding again. Twenty-eight saves and one on Nik Backstrom was one for the ages. Cam and Nik nodded and gabbed, pleasantly, at each other. This was the fifth game in a row, 4-0-1 and the opponents have scored five goals in five games. So the Rangers are rolling.

But all is not well. Kevin Klein hurt his arm and is being tested today. That would be a huge loss. Also, the power play was 0-3 and Yandle has not affected it so far. I'm more concerned about the condition of Klein rather than the power play. But the new line of Hayes, Hagelin and JT Miller is clicking and maybe St. Louis will awaken from his slumber. It's at Buffalo on Saturday and the Florida at home Sunday. Maybe we will see the red-headed kid with the black hat this weekend.

ICINGS: The T/Birds are mirroring the Rangers with another win, 11-3, over Ward Melville, improving their playoff hopes.



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