Even though Chris put up his final thoughts on last night’s game, we had Glen Miller write up another recap because he does a great job with them. Glen has been a great help, and it’s only fair that we point out his current project: Fan Junkies. Fan Junkies is a social networking site like Facebook but for sports fans. Teams have their own group pages that can be sponsored by individual team blogs. Make sure to follow Glen on Twitter here.
Cue the Charles Dickens. This was the tale of two cities; or basically this game….. If you watched the contest and were a Ranger fan you might have been ready to submit to defeat half way through. Fortunately this club doesn’t give up quite so easy. Instead of a detailed play-by-play as I’ve done before I’m going to give my impressions of the game last night.
- The Rangers were called for five straight penalties and I wasn’t happy. Two of those were border-line calls in my opinion. Regardless they killed each of the PP opportunities against a night after allowing two PP goals against.
- The Jets controlled play in the first half and scored the game’s first two goals within a 0:56 span of period two. At one point the Jets would own a 15 – 4 shot advantage.
- Ryan Callahan spun things around with a great play on the PK and assisted on MDZ’s goal bringing the Rangers within one. The team would flip the shot advantage in their favor. Later Callahan would net the tying goal on the PP. Callahan is the man. He can and typically does turn momentum in the Rangers favor.
- Following a busted double minor PP for, Brian Boyle scores a sweet one short side to break the tie.
- Later, another guy the Rangers would need to start contributing potted a PP goal. Derek Stepan, halfway through period three would gather in a loose puck and pocket it for the Rangers fourth goal. If Step and Boyle start potting goals the Rangers playoff chances look better.
- Gaborik earned the primary helper on Step’s goal.
- The Rangers would finish with a 4 – 2 win and move five points in front of Pittsburgh in the standings. Pittsburgh will have to make up a minimum of six points in their last six games to make up the gap with the Rangers.
- Hank is rounding into form. He was more solid tonight than he has been of late.
- Should Gaborik get two more goals and Callahan net two more before the end of the season it would mark the first time since 2005 – 2006 that the Rangers boasted both a 40 and 30 goal scorer in the same season. Jagr scored 54 and Petr Prucha netted 30 in 2005 -2006.
- Brian Boyle is coming on with secondary scoring. He has three goals in the last four games.
- Gaborik and Richards have combined for 38 points in 16 March games. Looks like a pretty good top line to me.
- Rangers shut down Jets offense big time in second half. Had a hard time getting through neutral zone.
- Love the fans in Winnipeg. They cheered everything. I didn’t know what was going on unless I was watching. They were loud even down two goals. They deserve this team.