Saturday, February 13, 2010

Signs of Life - The Rangers Win!

The Rangers have only had Olli Jokinen for 4 games - but now those 4 games include wins over the Devils and Penguins.

Marian Gaborik tried to go - but his thigh laceration was clearly bothering him and he had to sit after 6 shifts. And Michael Del Zotto was cut in the abdomen and had to sit as well. So the Rangers - down 2 men - were in a tough spot.

When Michael Rozsival got a 10 minute major for being the 3rd man in a fight - really he was just trying to keep his captain Chris Drury from being massacred on the ice - the Rangers were down to just 4 defensemen. (And making us wish we hadn't sent Corey Potter back to Hartford))

But somehow - we fought through all the adversity. Down 1-0, we struck back for two 2nd period goals - from Prospal and Dubinsky - and some great goal tending from Lundqvist - and took a 2-1 lead into the 3rd.

When Crosby gort his 2nd goal on a Powerplay - the Rangers still managed to take the defending NHL champs to overtime.

And then a minute in - the new guy - Olli Jokinen - notched the game winner. Its a great way to start fitting in with your new teammates.

Welcome to the New York Rangers, Olli. We've been waiting for someone like you for a long time - a hustling - talented - first line Center who can move the puck through traffic - lead his team through adversity - and score huge OT goals to beat elite teams in their own arenas.

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