Monday, February 6, 2017

Rangers 4, Flames 3

The New York Rangers (33-18-1) defeated the Calgary Flames (27-25-3) by the score of 4-3. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars

1st Star - Tums
2nd Star - Aspirin
3rd Star - Bacon, egg and cheese on a roll with ketchup

(My three essentials to survive a rough morning after the Super Bowl)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation

There's really only one drink you can have after beating the Calgary Flames, a Flaming Dr. Pepper of course.

Pulling A Fast One

Not sure there's been a Ranger player more underappreciated in recent years than Jesper Fast. While you might not notice them, he does all the little things it takes to win hockey games. And whenever AV needs someone to move up in the lineup to fill-in for an injury he usually turns to Fast, who is always willing and able to fill that role. Just look at what he's been able to do since being bumped up to the third line. Despite losing Hayes, both Miller and Grabner continue to pile up points (9 combined points in the five games without Hayes) while Fast plays the role of defensive safety net. And last night, Fast was rewarded for all his hard work with the game winner.

Skjei Hey Kid

Is it me, or does Skjei have a backside assist like this one every game?


As someone who misses fights in the NHL, it was a pleasure to see not one, but two fights. Well, the Buchnevich fisticuffs wasn't really a fight, but who cares because fights!!!!!

Love that Klein flow. And by the way, how the hell does Ferland not get an instigator on this? Unreal.

As far as the Buchnevich "fight," I was dying laughing at his face afterward. He had a look of "what the hell just happened?"

Kudos to Buchnevich for standing up for himself, though. Guess he figured since Zucarello wasn't on the ice he'd have to take care of it on his own.

Mini Recap

After hitting rock bottom in the Dallas game, the Rangers defense and Lundqvist continue their revival. It's not always perfect on the backend (see Girardi turnover on third goal) while Lundqvist still has a few yips (see clearing attempt on first Flames goal), but they have stabilized and the Rangers are playing much better hockey because of it.

I love when Nash is playing around the crease. Unfortunately, he has skated along the perimeter way too often as a Blueshirt. He's always dominant when going to the net.

How about that laser shot from Kreider?

Zuccarello better watch his back because Miller might knock him off as top playmaker on the team.

Great way to start this five games in nine days stretch. The Rangers are playing a number of beatable teams during this condensed part of the schedule, so they need to take advantage and pile up points to widen their lead in the first wild card position.

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