Sunday, March 28, 2010

O.T. bites (us again)

The five minute Overtime period has not been kind to the New York Rangers this year...
The Rangers surged to a 2-0 first period lead in Toronto last night – and then hung on desperately as the Leaf’s clawed back to tie them. It got worse – as Toronto beat us in in just 39 seconds of overtime to send the Rangers to the locker room with one point when they had hoped for – desperately needed – and thought they would have had – two.

A tough loss. And a tough night on the Scoreboard as the Thrashers and Bruins both won. So today we are looking at 10th place – 4 points behind the plummeting Flyers and 2 point behind Atlanta, with 7 games left to play.

We outshot the Maple Leafs 38 to 32 – but Toronto Goalie Gustavsson was tremendous stopping 36 for a .947 save percentage. Hank played well – stopping 29 for a .906% save percentage – but not quite as well and his countryman counterpart.

Girardi managed to be -3 on the night, while Rozsival was +2 with two assists. Goals for Parenteua (who Pucks Junior has been clamoring for all season) and Dubinsky. Assists for Dog House Olli and Christensen.

Erikson (not to be confused with Eric Christensen) was in for Gilroy – who has played his way into Tortorella’s doghouse (move over Jokinen).

Two give-aways for Marian Gaborik. 6 hits for Aaron Voros. Injuries for Sean Avery (oh no) and Callahan (oh no also).

A difficult loss in crunch time. But the point keeps us breathing. Tonight we root hard for the hated New Jersey Devils as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Don’t be surprised if NJ decides to tank one – just to stick it to the Blueshirts Brothers.

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