Monday, February 18, 2008

Great Weekend in NY

The Rangers, including goalie Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden, foreground right, celebrate their 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in their hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Rangers finally solve the west with a win against San Jose and started the weekend with a dominate preformance vs. the Sabres, a team they are battling for the final few playoff spots. The Rangers dominated the Sabres, but owe a huge thank you hug to Ryan Miller. He was just awful Saturday. 2 of the 4 goals he gave up were just terrible, a slap shot from the point unscreened can not go in. San Jose was a great Ranger win, with great shut down d by the HBO line. Thorton was no where to be found after his assist in the 1st period.

Quick Notes:

Memo to Tom Renney, when things are going stale for 1 or 2 games, change the lines and see what happens. Every time he changes the lines something happens to get this team on a role.

Dubinsky- Unreal, that is all I can about this kid. He is becoming a star right before our eyes. He is doing so well I actually think (after the million posts saying the opposite) he can be a # 1 center in the future. The confidence he is showing right now is feeding the entire team.

Is the King Back? Henrik did what he needed to do the last 2 games and when the d broke down he made the key save to keep the other team off the scoreboard. Perfect example was the shorthanded breakaway save right before Drury's game winner Sunday. A week ago that goes in and Rangers lose the game. Maybe the contract thing, plus his dad sickness was playing with his head more then he let on. This is the King we will need for the last 20 plus games.

Callahan- I guess that AAAA post got him going or he was just reading to much of his own press at the start of the year. He is fearless and is leading the team in hits in almost every game since he was called up. He has re-energized the # 3 line and Drury/Straka are feeding off that energy. There is a kid on every line right now and it appears the vets are playing off that energy and relentless forecheck.

Player of the weekend- Ryan Callahan. See above he has made the # 3 line a threat and d-men must put there head on a swivel when Callahan is coming in the zone. He owned Brian Campbell Saturday and 2 goals Sunday. How he was not the # 1 star Sunday I have no idea.

1 comment:

The Gallaghers said...

I don't want to get too excited, because we have seen this before, only to be followed by some dreadful games. However, I think the right things are happening with this team. The kids are emerging as the keys to the franchise and I think it is important for that to happen. For an "old" team, the Rangers have a lot of youth and to see them finally start to embrace that is encouraging. Dubinsky, Dawes, Callahan need to continue to emerge while they are backed with veteran guidance and develop into stars. I think the big question for the immediate future is: Can Jagr redefine himself as a role player/mentor and take a pay cut to finish his career here? I would not think his ego would allow it, but his attitude when he speaks surprises me this year. He is beginning to sound like a "team" guy, after all.