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This game, to me, came down to 1 moment. It happened at 2:31 in the video above. I want to know how the hell Brad Richards saw Dan Girardi. Look at his head. He is facing the goalie, and Girardi is skating in from behind, out of his periphery (you would think). I seriously have no frikkin clue how the hell Richards saw Girardi. I’ve seen the replay like 20 times and I just can’t fathom how he could have seen him. It could have been an area pass, but a tape to tape area pass, that’s pretty damn rare. I just have no clue how anyone can see the game the way Richards did on that play. I guess that’s why he makes 60 million dollars on his current contract, and I blog for free.

The score in this game wasn’t really a reflection on how the game was played. Both teams had some damn good chances. Marian Gaborik should have had like 3 or 4 points tonight but his line was held off the scoresheet. Good thing this team is built to be more than just a 1 line team. Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Dubinsky all picked up 2 points, despite not playing together for any measurable stretch of time. John Tortorella decided to play his merry go round with the bottom 9 players to try to find something that works. Turns out the thing that worked was an unbelievable no look pass, and then Cam Ward’s sudden and inexplicable change from Patrick Roy to Jason Labarbara out of nowhere. Yes, that’s right, I’m chalking some of our good fortune up to the opposing goalie just flat out playing poorly. The Richards goal he gave up was a joke, and his big juicy rebounds hurt him big time. But what caused Ward a ton of frustration was the Rangers constantly crashing the net. Avery did it, Callahan did it, everyone did it. That’s how you have to play to beat a goalie of that pedigree. Get in his face, make his life miserable, keep whacking away till the whistle is blown.

Don’t look now but the Rangers have won 6 in a row. More impressive than that is that they have only failed to collect points in 3 games this entire season thus far. That’s a feat only 1 other team in the NHL can currently boast.


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