Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gaborick Scores! Jokinen Scores! Lundqvist gets the Shut Out!

What an amazing day Wednesday was for your New York Rangers at the Vancouver Olympic games.

Yesterday, Sweden's goal tender - our one and only Henrik "the King" Lundqvist - shut out Germany 2-0 in his team's opening match. The defending goal medal winner turned away all 21 shots he faced.

How about Olli Jokinen? He scored a goal for Finland on his way to a 5-1 win over Belarus (a county that, I'm embarrassed to say, I could not find on a map).

And how about Marian Gaborik? Even though his right leg is still really hurting him from a skate cut he got from Henrik Lundqvist during Ranger Shoot Out practice - the Gifted One could not sit himself out when his home country of Slovakia took on their local rivals, the Czech Republic. And sure enough - Gabby scored a goal. But in scenario that much have seemed very Ranger-like to Gaborik - his team could not score any goals besides his - and they lost 3-1. Scoring for the Czech team was former Ranger Jaromir Jagr.

So - three players - three games - 21 saves - a shut out - 2 goals - and two wins. That is a dominating performance by your Olympic Blueshirts.

And on Tuesday Drury and Cally were both +1 in team USA's opening win.

Not a bad start, guys.
Up Today: Team USA with Drury and Callahan take on Norway at 3pm Eastern time on the USA Network. Pucks Junior will be watching.
And Slovakia with Marian Gaborik have a make or break game at midnight against the powerhouse Russian team with Ovechkin and Malkin.
Good luck guys.

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