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You know what I love about hockey? The fact that you can suffer a Hari-Kari esque wound, and only be listed as “questionable” for your next game. What a great sport.

The Rangers, playing in their other house of horrors arena, the other being the Bell Centre, played a very strong, very gritty type game against the defending Stanley Cup Champs in their own barn. They were without Gaborik and MDZ 4 minutes into the game, and they were without Rozsival for half the 2nd period. Somehow they still managed to take this game into O/T before Jokinen won it for them on a nice no look shot. There are a few things we could discuss here, but to me the thing that stood out here was the way Chris Drury, FINALLY, led the team to victory. Nobody bashes on Captain Cardboard more than me, but I can appreciate a well played game, and, more importantly a well led game. Drury only picked up an assist, which was a beauty, but he was all over the place, playing his customary 4th line checking defense, but, more importantly, leading the way in the offensive zone as well, showing a tenacious forecheck that has been, up until now, nowhere to be found for Drurys entire tenure as a Ranger. Now that is back to back games where Drury has been coming alive, maybe he is finally waking up out of his unbelievably horrible stupor that he has been in this year, or maybe its just one of the few blips of life on his otherwise flatlined season. I guess the next 20 odd games will really tell the story. If the Rangers are to make the playoffs, and really, we all want them to make the playoffs, Drury is going to have to LEAD this team to it. He is going to have to score goals, set up goals, crash the net, make the crease his territory, deflect pucks, and yes, have fights. He’s going to need to earn that ridiculous contract he has by giving us every single ounce of blood sweat and tears that he has in his body. For at least one night (well, to be fair, now 2 nights) he has done just that.

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