Friday, December 23, 2011

Dubinsky! Biron! Rangers win 4-2


In the fifteenth minute of what had been a scoreless first period, Brandon Dubinsky took the puck in the corner of his own defensive zone.

And then - he did what great centers do. He did what Dubinsky used to do.

He started up the ice, eluding P. A. Parenteau and another Islander. Out of his zone - through center ice - crossing blue and red lines and still retaining the puck.

Finally - he unleashed a shot from the right circle and at 14;53 he suddenly accomplished many things at once:

-He scored - for just the 2nd time all year
-He broke a scoreless tie.
-He shifted the momentum to the New York Rangers in a game they would go on to win 4-2.
-And perhaps most of all - he showed us what Dubie can be at his best - a coast to coast big time centerman.

It was great to see and long overdue. But now Dubs, we just need to see it more often.

There were also goals by Gaborik (of course) and Del Zotto (who's plus-minus is re-donk-ulous right now) and Mitchell (to an empty net).

Assists for Biron (!), Bickel (who?), Anisimov, Prust, and 2 for Stralman (!!).

And as Torts said afterwards - Marty Biron is playing like a number one goalie (he called Marty "1a" to Henrik's 1. Marty stopped 24 of 26 shots and won his 7th game of the year.

So things are looking good right now - and if we can get Dubinsky re-started, well, watch out!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!

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