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The old adage is what…it’s better to be lucky than good. Fortunately tonight the Rangers were both. They came out and blitzed the Florida Panthers jumping out to a pretty quick 4-0 lead, and then they got very fortunate with the Cats hitting several posts (maybe 3?). Had those post shots gone in, the Rangers could be in a very different position right now. What position would that be? Somehow, despite not having Marc Staal for 1 second of playing time so far this year, without having nearly any production from their leading scorer from last year, Brandon Dubinsky till the last 5 games, without having any kind of a decent power play, with having major injuries to their defense, the Rangers find themselves, today, a few days before the winter classic, with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The small caveat being that the Rangers have yet to play the Boston Bruins, who have 2 games in hand on us, and we still have a bunch of games against the Pens, Flyers, and Devils to come. Granted, we have played all 3 of those teams very well, but regardless, those are tough games to win no matter what.

Getting back to tonights game, you do have to at least kind of acknowledge that the Rangers only ran away with this one early because the Panthers backup goalie, Clemmenson, was terrible. He seemed to make himself very small in net, and wasn’t doing a good job of staying square to the shooters or challenging the shooter whatsoever. Brad Richards saw a ton of net when he had his chance, and easily put one by the Panthers goalie. Theodore was a lot better, but by the time he came in the Rangers clearly were looking forward to the winter classic, and at that point, the game was pretty much over. The Rangers sat back, the Cats came on strong, but Henrik Lundqvist closed the door. You don’t like seeing that from this team, the checking out of a game early, but they managed to escape with a win. Lucky, for sure.

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I know I did!

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