Saturday, November 29, 2014

Another Day, Another Win over Philly – Rangers sweep the home + home series

Okay – I think the Rangers have figured out the magic formula to beat the Philadelphia Flyers:

Step 1: Score 3 or more goals. 

Step 2: Let up less than 3 goals.

It’s worked twice in a row now.  Today – on Black Saturday (if that’s what we can call the day after Black Friday) the Rangers outshot Philly 34 to 23 – and when you do that and have Henrik Lundqvist in goal you’re usually going to win.

The Flyers made a game of this one – fighting back from 0-1 to take a 2-1 lead that was 2-2 after 2 periods.  But in the third it was all Rangers and we scored 3 times – the last one an empty netter. 

Emory’s save percentage was only .882% to Hank’s .913%.  And here’s the scoring:

Brassard had a pair (if you know what I mean)  (Editor - knock it off).  Stempniak had the last one.  Jesper Fast, back in the lineup, made the most of the opportunity with a wrist shot that was too, well, “fast” for Emory to stop.  (Editor - Oy!)  And J. T. Miller, back from the minors, had one of the prettiest goals of the Ranger season – a perfectly executed wrap around that pretty much “executed” the Flyers chances of winning.  (Editor – enough with the quotes, you “skilled” “writer”, you) (Dave Pucks – OK)

Healthy Scratches

     - Dan Boyle – He’s been great but the hand is still healing.
     - Tanner Glass – was minus 2 vs. Tampa Bay.
     - Chris Kreider – he lost a grandparent this week – and he’s been playing a bit out of control lately – no goals in 9 games and that cross check in the Lightning game followed by the double minor in Philadelphia. 

Did Special Teams Determine The Outcome Of This Game?  No.  Flyers and Rangers each scored once on the PP.

Where we stand:  As we write the – the Rangers (11-8-4) are two points up on the Washington Capitals – who are trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs from a 5-1 score in the third.  If that holds up (down?) Your Blueshirts will be in sole possession of 3rd place in the Metro Division, clinging to a 2 point lead with just, uh, how many games left Mr. Editor? 

(Editor: 59 games left – too early to scoreboard watch).

Maybe he’s right.  Dave Pucks out - and thanks for tuning in.


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