Friday, November 5, 2010

The Night In Video: Dubinsky and Lundqvist Star

Dubinsky's first goal:

Dubinsky and Lundqvist Stick It To Devils

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 05: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates scoring the third goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Rangers were looking to get back on the winning path tonight at one of their other homes, the Prudential Center in New Jersey.  They were taking on a depleted Devil team and for most of the night the Rangers looked like they were playing down to the competition but there were two guys tonight that just would not let this team lose; Henrik Lundqvist and Brandon Dubinsky.  Without those two they probably do lose this game with the effort they put out there but instead behind Henrik’s 33 save shutout performance and Dubinsky’s 9th and league lead tying 10th goals they walk out with 2 points and a 3-0 win.

Rozi Wearing an A

With Callahan out Michal Rozsival gets an A on his sweater tonight.  Personally I think Dubinsky has more than earned a chance to wear a letter with his play and leadership so far this season, but Rozi has worn it before and has also played well.

Tonight's Lines: Callahan Out

Thanks to RangerSmurf for alerting me that the lines had changed while I was otherwise engaged.  Not surprising to see Cally out tonight after the big hit last night, he didnt play the same following it.


Once again we will try another combination to get  Frolov going.  As I wrote yesterday I would have rather seen Prust move up with Dubinsky and Anisimov as the game if not the skill is similar to Callahan and disrupts the team less.  White goes from scratch to 3rd line.

Rangers at Devils Pregame 11/5/2010

Rangers (6-5-1) at New Jersey (4-9-1)
Key Opposing Player: Ilya Kovalchuk (3-5-8)

Staal - Rozsival
Del Zotto - Girardi


Carcillo Hit on Fedotenko Video and Discussion

First here is the Video:

Thoughts inside.

As far as the hit I keep seeing this morning and after the game this stuff about how the only reason he got hit in the was that Fedetenko ducked and Carcillo was trying to pull up. Frankly I call BS on both and the announcers covering for a Flyer in the clip just because they work for Philadelphia is awful.

If Carcillo was really trying to avoid the hit he never leaves his feet in the first place and when he does he certainly doesnt lead with his elbow. Even if you want to claim that the head contact was because of the duck there was still intent to injure from leaving his feet and leading with the elbow. If Carcillo fails to get suspended then the new rules on blindside hits which this obviously was are a complete and utter joke.

I am rarely one to agree with what Tortorella says but he had it exactly right last night when he said, "Sure, why wouldn’t I? What do we talk about? The tapes sent to us (for review), why send them. It’s a waste.”

Let me know your take.