Who would have thought the Rangers could outscore two Eastern Conference powerhouses, the Capitals and Penguins, by a margin of 11-1?
After a flat end to the first period, the Rangers fought back and never gave up. Even after their alternate captain, who is the clear heart and soul of the team, broke his hand, the Rangers managed to pull out a 4-1 win with a dominating third period.
It was Chris Drury’s first game back in two months due to a broken left finger and it was Ryan Callahan’s last game for at least six weeks after he broke his hand in the first period blocking a Kris Letang shot. How’s that for irony?
“I’ll say it once,” coach John Tortorella told the media. “That’s a huge injury. But we have to get by it and find a way to win. Someone else has to step up.”
Callahan is second on the team with 23 points. The most alarming aspect of the injury is the effect it could have on Brandon Dubinsky’s offense. The Callahan-Dubiduo has been a consistent click for the Rangers. Without Callahan, Dubinsky is going to need a new wing-man to keep putting up points.
The injury also puts more weight on Marian Gaborik to step up. He has not yet looked like the Rangers’ superstar all season.
Drury had a strong comeback, especially on the PK. He’ll likely slip into Cally’s minutes.
Why the Rangers have opted to go with Todd White over calling up young prospect Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut (AHL) is beyond me. He has six goals in his last 11 games and could add a nice offensive touch to the fourth line. Torts has plenty of time to stir up the best way to compensate for such a huge loss.
Double dose of irony: The two Rangers most frequently called out for under-producing notched the critical tying and game winning goals over the Penguins last night, Alex Frolov and Erik Christensen. They scored within 15 seconds apart. Turnaround or lucky game?
Rangers Shine on HBO’s 24/7: The first installment of 24/7 featuring the Penguins and Caps road to the Winter Classic was a great insight into the everyday battles and triumphs coaches and players face. Hands down A+ and wish it lasted the whole season and featured more teams.
The end of the episode was all blue as the Rangers 7-0 rout stole the Caps limelight and put salt in their losing streak wound. The exchange between Brandon Dubinsky and Alex Ovechkin was priceless.
“You need to get that beard back baby,” said Dubinsky to OV as the first period was winding down. (Not the trash talk I envisioned.)
“Yeah, you’re gonna see it soon,” Ovechkin replied.
After their battle at center ice and OV’s attempt to rally his troops:
“Good job buddy.”
“Yeah, good job buddy.”
Did I mention I love hockey? I guess we know who Dubinsky prefers in the Sid vs. OV debate. Too bad Sean Avery wasn’t mic’d up.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)