Thursday, January 19, 2012

3-0 (the good kind) - Rangers Beat Nashville

Hi friends. Your pal Dave Pucks is still in Dublin – squinting at his internet feed trying to see Ranger games as best he can.

In our latest contest – Dubinsky returned – Hank returned to form – and the Rangers once again were in a 3-0 contest – this time on the plus side.

A good and recent pattern has emerged – we out hit and outshoot our opponents. Against the Nashville Predators we out hit them 36-27. And we out shot them 28-27 (just a little bit).

When you do that – and play aggressive smart defense – you are setting the table for Henrik Lundqvist to win the game for you. And win he did, registering a 1.000 save percentage, stopping 27 shots, and bouncing back after a rare 4 goals-allowed game to shut out Nashville 3-0 (a familiar score, no?)

There were goals for Cally, Girardi, and Mitchell – who continues to show he belongs with the big leage club. Assists for Gaborik (nice to type his name) and Hagelin (the two fastest skaters on the team)

There were a mammoth 7 hits by Callahan, and 6 hits for Brian Boyle, and 4 for Michael Del Zotto (who also led the team with 23 minutes of ice time. We were a perfect 3 for 3 on the PK and 0-2 on the powerplay.

We’re once again leading the league in points – and I still don’t like it.

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