Monday, November 24, 2014

Blueshirts Beat the Best (Badly)

Well, all of you Ranger fans who witnessed live the Ranger's 5-0 drubbing of the first place – former playoff foe - Montreal Canadiens had a much better time than I did last night. I was watching the Giants lose in the final 2 minutes to Dallas – while sitting amid a sea of loud drunk Cowboy fans.

I would have much rather been with you (even if I did see what may be the GREATEST CATCH IN THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL- so amazing in fact that in real time my brain could not process what my eyes had just seen. I thought we were cheering the interference flag – and only gradually realized that Odell had - incredibly - caught the ball with 3 fingers!).

But – back to hockey - what you all got to see was the Rangers showing once again what they are capable of when they focus and do the work for a full 60 minutes. Montreal is one of the league's best teams – the best if you count up all their standings points - and (like the Penguins last week) the Rangers dismantled them. Just took them apart. Bombed them for 5 goals. Shut them out. Limited them to 10 shots on goal in the final 2 periods. Hank only had to save 20 overall. And if you score 5 goals and limit Hank to 20 shots against – you can bet the neighborhood that the Rangers will win.

Now – before we get ahead of ourselves – we didn't face the Canadien's number one net minder. It was Dustin Tokarski – not Carey Price who let us the 5 spot to the Blueshirts. But I don't think Carey would have made this a 0-0 OT game either. The Rangers had jump – poise playmaking – and everything in between.

Marty St. Louis took over the game in the 2nd – making a perfect pass to Derek Stepan for Ranger goal number 2 and stealing the puck from Alexi Emelin and beating Tokarski to make it 3-0.

In the 3rd it was nice to see Duclair get an assist and Hagalin a goal for 4-0. And then – who else from the Ranger's leading goal scorer Rick Nash to round out the scoring.

For here it's 2 days off and then a rematch with the Tampa Bay Lighting team that embarrassed the Rangers a few days ago. I'm thinking we'll show a little more fight this time. Dave Pucks out and thanks for looking in on us.

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