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The Rangers finally got back in the win column with a pretty nice effort this afternoon against an Ottawa team that was floundering just as much as we were, and had to make a statement. Frankly I thought both teams played a pretty good game which is why this one was a squeaker that went to a shootout. The only Rangers goal was set up by our 1 man gang Marian Gaborik who set up Vinny Prospal for a goal even I could score. Interestingly enough I don’t think Henrik Lundqvist was all that great tonight, he looked a little off, the goal he gave up was one he should have stopped, and all game long it looked like he was having trouble controlling the puck. On one strange play the puck was softly shot at him and he just misplayed it right off his glove. Pucks that he usually stopped cleanly were being left out as rebounds, and a few times he peeked behind himself thinking the puck went in.

The thing that you really have to like though is the way the Rangers went back to basics. They decided to get back to protecting their own end, and then leading that to scoring chances against. This is NOT a call for going back to the Renney style of hockey, quite the contrary, I still feel like the pressure game is the way to win in the NHL, however this team looked so out of sorts against the Thrashers I think it was a very shrewd move by Torts to get the team focused on their own end, then once they get comfortable again with their own zone play, allow them to get back to what made them successful early in the season.

On a really positive note, it looks like Sean Avery and Chris Higgins have both started to wake up. After a miserable start to the season for Higgins, he has finally started to play like the player we remember from Montreal. Getting to the net, showing some nice hands, and playing a very smart 2-way game. Sean Avery who has been out and out miserable for a few weeks now, finally got back to basics himself, instead of trying to be fancy with the puck, he got back to being physical, to being a pain in the ass, and as such got rewarded for his play with some pretty heavy minutes (when we weren’t killing penalties). Speaking of penalties, I think this team really needs a wakeup call. They are taking way too many penalties, and have been for the entire season. Tonight it took a monumental effort by the penalty killers in blocking shot after shot after shot to keep the Senators power play at bay. If the Rangers are to turn this around, a key aspect will be keeping the power plays against to about 3 a game for a stretch here.

Down on the farm it looks like Bobby Sanguinetti has figured out the AHL, as the Rangers defenseman is 8th in the league in scoring, 2nd amongst defenseman (#1 is a 29 year old career minor leaguer). It is only a matter of time before this kid pushes himself into the NHL. One has to wonder if it will be at the expense of a guy like Michal Rozsival or Wade Redden, both of whom have been playing pretty good (I don’t by Larry Brooks’ impression of Rozsival, I think he has been just fine for the most part) but neither of whom are playing like 5-6.5 million dollar defenseman. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Rangers deal one of them at the deadline for a pick or a prospect to a team who need some veteran help, and bring up Pasta for the stretch run. Then again I think the right move might be to let Sanguinetti dominate down there like they did with Anisimov, and bring him up next season out of camp with a brand new season in front of him.

All in all, a great win for the Rangers, and things are looking very good down on the farm. Next game is on Versus which I don’t have. I’ll see if I can find an online feed, but if not, then no postgame wrap for me.

Also, on a side note, although I never wanted to do advertising on my site, the donate button hasn’t yielded near enough cash to pay for this site, so as such I am going to have to put a few small ads here and there to help pay the bills. I’ve never looked to make a dime off this place, but I don’t want the expense of the domain, the hosting, etc to cost me anything either, especially the way the economy is and my own company being a retail company to boot. So look for some small ads in the next few days on the side, or at the bottom, and feel free to click through on them if they interest you.

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