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There are ebbs and flows to every hockey game, but tonights seemed to have varying degrees of extremes. The game just kept flipping back and forth from utter domination by one side, to utter domination by the other, with the Flames getting the nod for overall play, but the Rangers having their fare share of dominant periods themselves. It seemed like when the Rangers decided to play on their toes, ie, be proactive and make things happen, they were unstoppable, and likewise when they let the play come to them, they were absolutely overwhelmed. The key to this team is to take the fight to the opposition and outwork the heck out of them. The Rangers did a good job of doing that in spurts here and there. They also got a tremendous performance by Biron tonight. Give credit to Torts, it was a very smart move to put Biron back in there (one I happen to agree with by the way). A coach should have the feel for his club, and right now Biron has the hot hand, ride him while you can, especially during a ridiculously busy week here. Henrik is the man, everyone knows it, but getting him some time off early will only benefit us down the stretch.

I also wanted to mention that 2 defenseman had noteworthy moments in the game. Michael Sauer and fellow 2005 draft pick Marc Staal both had moments that had me grinning ear to ear. One thing we can all agree on is that our D lacks snarl. Hence why the Rangers made the incomprehensible decision to pass by Fowler, Gormley, etc to take McIlrath. But tonight you saw Sauer throw a dirty hit and back it up with 2 fights, and you saw Marc Staal absolutely obliterate Stajan with a totally clean open ice hit that I swear I could feel through my TV. Marc, keep doing that on a regular basis, you you’ll go from one of the 15 best defenseman in the game today, to one of the 5 best defenseman in the game today.

OK, that’s all for now. Wednesday should be a treat, getting to see Stamkos do his thing.

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