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First and foremost, be careful watching those highlights, it’s got Rick Jeanneret announcing it, and if you enjoy having your hearing, and your sanity, it might be worth it to skip them.

Following the last game I made some observations on what was going wrong with the Rangers, observations that Larry Brooks was either thinking about, in almost the exact same order, or that he thought was worth sharing with his readers without giving me credit, regardless I stand by those comments, and it was nice to see myself at least partially vindicated with a Rangers win. Who were the 2 Rangers scorers? Ryan Callahan and Christopher Higgins, 2 guys I singled out (along with Chris Drury who played himself a pretty damn good game outside of one blunder of a pass). Who was the # 1 star? Henrik Lundqvist, and Henrik definitely deserved it, as he turned aside some 36 shots, many of which were high quality chances from point blank range, while leading the Rangers to victory. It’s amazing how different this team looks when Henrik is at the top of his game, and those 3 players (Higgins, Callahan, and Drury) aren’t just this huge black hole in the middle of our roster.

Now granted, it wasn’t a perfect game, it wasn’t even a perfect in any aspect of the game, as the defense, which got plenty of puck support from the forwards, still gave up a tremendous amount of high quality scoring chances, the offense got very few high quality scoring chances themselves (but at least 5 or 6), the offense again hit 2 more posts (Anisimov and Boyle), and Henrik Lundqvist, despite being absolutely spectacular for 59:59 had 1 brain fart on a weird angle goal that he definitely should have stopped. But, when you have your goalie playing more or less at the top of his game, and you have your support players finally putting the puck in the net, it’s much easier to win a game, and remember, we did so on the road against one of the best teams in the East. That is nothing to gloss over. This was a nice regroup effort. A good way to stem the tide before you start pushing back some yourself. The Rangers still have a lot to work on, but tonight was a solid win that they desperately needed. Tomorrow they will probably have to be even better at home against a team thats been to the Stanley Cup Finals seemingly every year in the Red Wings.


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