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I wanted to come on here and just bask in the glow of a major ass whooping. I really just want to go on and on about what a great game the Rangers played. But, even though all that is true, one fact remains. The Rangers are becoming significantly depleted by injuries. Before tonights game the Rangers found out they are losing their best forward this season, Brandon Dubinsky, for 3-4 weeks, then, in the midst of their ass kicking, the Rangers lose Fedotenko, 1/3rd of the best 4th line in the NHL, or one of the best 3rd lines in the NHL for 2-4 weeks.

This is in addition to Ryan Callahan, Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Derek Boogaard, and Alexander Frolov. Not to mention losing Marian Gaborik for a long stretch of games earlier in the year, and losing Captain Cardboard himself (Chris Drury) for much of the season as well. The hockey Gods have not been kind to Ranger fans since 1994, and this season may be the worst we have been treated by them in my lifetime. A team playing so well for most of the season deserves something good to happen to them.

Speaking of Captain Cardboard, tonight he played the most minutes of any forward on the club. But, honestly, outside of the penalty he took for delay of game, I only even noticed he was out there on about 4 other shifts. Drury is done, and I will be writing a scathing piece on the Captains epic collapse into 4th line oblivion later this week.

Henrik Lundqvist got a shutout this year, and it was simply an afterthought. That was how well the Rangers played. Or was it? No, I take that back, that was how AWFUL the Leafs played. Give the Rangers credit, they took what the Leafs gave them, but this was a throwaway game for both teams in my opinion. They played just horribly, and you can’t take any conclusions away from that, at least not decisively.

Good game for Artem Anisimov. 4 point night centering a guy who scored 4 goals and had an assist. Not bad for a kid that will probably be our 3rd line center for the foreseeable future.


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