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First thing, “Wild”, is just the lamest name ever. Seriously. What the hell kinda name is that for a team? I liked the Northstars better, granted with Dallas its tough to get that name to work. But Wild?

I digress. This was an excellent rebound effort by the Rangers. Note the word effort. As mentioned yesterday the Rangers must outwork their opposition to stand a chance, and tonight they did so for the vast majority of the game. Granted, down the stretch in this one, once it got out of hand, the Rangers seemed to relax, and you got to see first hand what happens to a team with very little talent who doesn’t work hard. Tonight the goaltending was at least as poor as it was yesterday, but the hard work helped us out. I know Biron only gave up 2, but he looked shaky all night long. Made easy saves look harder than they were, and his rebound control was simply awful. Luckily the Rangers were the first ones to all those rebounds, and it made Biron look a lot better than he was. That’s what happens when you give your goalie some help. Henrik wasn’t good yesterday, but the team in front of him gave him almost no help whatsoever.

Give Derek Stepan a lot of credit. He played a great game tonight and has given the Rangers a legit center to play with the top line. I do however question Torts’ decision to break up the Dubinsky – Anisimov – Callahan line by flip flopping the 4th line center Christensen with Anisimov. Granted Anisimov scored while playing with that line, but you have to question that move by the coach. Not sure why he would break up the best line we’ve had all season, by far and away. Also you have to love the gutsy effort that Prust showed you tonight. You could see a noticeable limp in his stride all night long, but the kid busted his butt all night to get to loose pucks, it earned him an assist, and would have earned him another if Fedotenko hadn’t hit the post on a great setup by him. Love the heart this kid has.

OK, going to bed, been a long day, and I have a game tomorrow.


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