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If the Rangers lost tonight, I would still have been so damn proud of them. I mean, seriously, how could you watch the sheer guts put on display tonight and not be damn proud to be wearing the blueshirt jersey at home on your couch (or at the game for you lucky bastards who live in NY). The Rangers just flat out played their asses off. There wasn’t a single person out there you could point out as not bringing it. To a man they sacrificed their bodies to stop shots, they hit everything that move, they played unbelievable defense, their penalty killing was outstanding, and they outchanced the best team in the NHL by a fair margin by my eyes. Schneider definitely had to make the more difficult saves, and was twice saved by the post (granted the Rangers did score their one goal just seconds after Gabby hit the post).

Henrik Lundqvist was on top of his game, coming back from a good effort against Montreal where he still gave up 1 soft goal. He is once again tied for most shutouts this season, though he did have his point scoring streak snapped at 3 games. He made several strong saves down the stretch when the Canucks pressed, and that is what you need from your elite goalie.

The story of the night though had to be the play of Fedotenko, Boyle & Prust. The trio personified exactly what this team needs to win. They outworked and in my opinion outplayed the best line in hockey by getting their hands dirty and leaving everything on the ice for every shift. The Rangers now have a shutdown line they can match up against the elite lines in hockey along with probably the best shutdown tandem in the NHL with Staal and Girardi. Having the ability to neutralize teams that stack 1 line is extremely important for a team that doesn’t have a ton of offensive talent. If they can get back to scoring their garbage goals, they should be able to keep up this pace despite their crippling injuries.

Finally, I hope Burrows gets at least 2 or 3 games for his gutless spear to Marc Staal. It was a dirty, disgusting play, and he needs to face the consequences. I am with Torts, Staal should have broken his ankle.


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