Friday, February 19, 2010

Drury Scores! Cally Assists! Gabby Wins!

Thursday was another good day for the New York Rangers at the Vancouver Olympic games.

Chris Drury scored the USA's 2nd goal - the one that eventually was the game winner - in a 6-1 victory over Norway yesterday afternoon.

At 13:04 of the first period, off a great feed from the hard-working forechecking Ryan Callahan (who got the assist) - Drury shot and scored for his (and our) home country. Both Chris and Ryan C. were +1 on the day.

On Team USA, Drury seems to have the same role he has on the Rangers: a fourth line center with limited ice time and a Penalty Kill special teamer. But it's a role he's used to and is making the most of. Count it as another victory for team USA, with Ranger coach John Tortorella assisting behind the bench.

Later on in the same day - Marian Gaborik played an active game for Slovakia as he continues to bounce back from his thigh gash injury. Facing a Russian powerhouse team that should contend for the gold medal - Gabby registered 6 shots but did not score. Happily for him, his teammates were able to knot the game at 1, force it to a shoot out - and in the end defeat the favored Russian team - that includes Alex Ovechkin.

From a Ranger standpoint - it might have been better if Slovakia lost and Marian could return to New York for rest and treatment. But the victory keeps his team in the running to emerge from the first round.

The worst news of the day is the Marty Brodeur on Team Canada, after blowing a 2 goal lead to Switzerland, hung on to win 3-2 in the shootout.

On the TV today at 3pm Eastern on MSNBC we can watch Henrik Lundqvist and his Swedish National team take on Belarus. Hank's opener was a shut out win.

On CNBC at 7:30pm we can watch former Ranger Jaromir Jagr and his Czech team take on Latvia.

And the midnight special is Olli Jokinen and Finland versus Germany.

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