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There are probably 2 ways to look at this game tonight. Either, the Rangers had a very hard time against a terrible Islanders team featuring a who’s who of AHL rejects. Or the Rangers had a nice come from behind win in a game they absolutely had to have against a team that seems to play over their heads versus the Rangers. Either way you look at it, the Rangers picked up 2 valuable points that they needed if they are indeed to pull off one of the biggest playoff pushes in recent memory.

The key to tonights game though seemed to be balance. All 3 lines looked to have a lot of jump. Anisimovs line continues to play superb hockey, Jokinen finally realized he is a hockey player instead of a lawn ornament, Drury had a few good plays, and Gaborik played like a man possessed. Luckily the Rangers were able to compensate for a suddenly mortal Henrik Lundqvist who has looked quite shaky in several of his recent games. One has to wonder if the load of playing 67 Rangers game so far, plus another 3 or 4 games in the Olympics during this condensed schedule is starting to wear on Henriks focus. He’s lost track of pucks, he’s fumbled easy shots, and he’s let in horrible angle goals with alarming regularity recently. If the Rangers are to have any hope whatsoever Henrik has to regain his focus, and soon. He’s the backbone of this push, no Henrik, no playoffs. Period.

Another thing that is interesting is that John Tortorella would rather give Corey Locke a look see rather than play Enver Lisin. I think that tells you where that kid is in our organization. He’s done. Kid has absolutely no brains for hockey, we should try to trade him at the draft for a 3rd or 4th rounder, if Brian Boyle can get a 3rd, why can’t Lisin get a 4th?

Finally, how about the play of P.A. Parenteau? Hes showed me a lot these last 2 games. Played smart hockey away from the puck, done some nice things on the cycle, and set up a few good scoring chances with some nice passes. Frankly, I wish we could have seen more of Parenteau this year, and a lot less of Lisin.

Next game against the Lightning will be crucial. It’s definitely a game we can have, and should win. Let’s see if these guys can make a miracle happen. I’m still not getting too excited though.

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