Friday, January 6, 2012

25-7-4 - Rangers roll past Panthers 3-2 in OT

Your faithful reporter Dave Pucks has been a Ranger fan for a long time. And it has been a LONG time since we've been perched atop the eastern conference at 25-9-4. Thirty Seven games. Only 9 regulation losses.

Frankly - it's disrupting the natural flow of my life. I'm used to complaining. I'm used to misery. All this goodness has me just a little....


But I'm not complaining (or am I?). Anyway - I'll adjust.

Last night the Rangers - fresh off a triumphant come-from-behind win in the Winter Classic against the unliked Philadelphia Flyers - found themselves home against the Panthers - a team they also played just before the Classic.

In typical fashion - the Rangers fell into an early hole as Marty Biron (subbing for Hank) let in a goal to Goc four minutes in.
It was Stalman of all people who tied the score at 17:44. And it sat at 1-1 for 27 minutes of game time.

In the 3rd period - stop the presses - the Rangers scored a powerplay goal. Richard played the point - his natural slot - for just the 3rd time this year - and it worked. It was a Richards-launched laser that Captain Callahan deflected past Clemmensen to put the Rangers up 2-1.

But less than a minute later Santorelli knotted the teams up again - at 2-2.

On to overtime - where the GAS line finally mattered again. Marian Gaborik blasted one at 3:29 off a rush to sound the buzzer and end the game with a 3-2 Ranger win.

The Rangers out shot the Panthers 41-21, one of their wider margins of the season. We were 1 for 3 on the powerplay and stopped florida on their single man advantage. And we outhit the Panthers 50 to 30. That's fifty hits.

There were assists for Fedotenko, Richards, Girardi, Stepan and Del Zotto.

Biron faced just 21 shots, saving 19. Clemmensen stopped 38 of 41.

And so our Rangers sit today and 25-9-4, one point ahead of the Bruins and four points ahead of the Flyers in the Atlantic division. And I am as happy as can be.

But I'm still a little confused.....

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