First of all congratulations to the New York Giants for their Super Bowl victory. I’m not a Giants fan, I’m actually a fan of the team they beat in the NFC championship game. But honestly I don’t really watch football so to me it’s all moot anyway. Regardless, it’s always good to see a New York team beat a Boston area team. Buck Foston as I love to say.
Funny thing is, I actually watched this game on DVR during the super bowl, shows you how much I care for that game anyway aye? The game itself was very well played, even though the Rangers were rather fortunate in not having to face JVR, Briere, Pronger, etc from the Flyers. The key though was John Tortorella’s decision to reunite the Anisimov – Stepan – Gaborik trio which were deservingly broken up a while back when their early season magic evaporated. The trio was able to rekindle that magic tonight combining for 2 goals and 5 assists. That’s the kind of play they were giving us when the Rangers were winning 7 games in a row with regularity. The Rangers, of late, have been winning mostly on the backs of their team defense and Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes. When they can finally get their offense going, they will once again play like they did when they were just steamrolling the earlier parts of this season. To be fair the Rangers have gotten 9 out of a possible 10 points in their last game, so it’s not as if they are struggling. But they aren’t playing that dominating type hockey they did earlier. They are sorta finding ways to win, rather than strangling the opposition. It’s good to see them get one of their lines going, if only for a game. The key here, is to get Brad Richards and his line going so that the Rangers can go back to their formula of having 2 top lines to carry the offense while allowing the bottom line players to chip in here and there. One step at a time though.