Friday, January 14, 2011

Recap: Rangers Blank Canucks; Burrows Spear, Torts “Break Ankles”; Listening On Gaborik?; Injury Updates

Tonight the New York Rangers took on Vancouver who came is as both the hottest and consensus best team in the NHL.  When the game was over it was the Rangers who had a signature win on the backs of a brilliant all-around performance.  For those waiting for the other shoe to drop on this season need to stop looking for that side of the coin and believe because this team is for real.  They are not the most talented team in the league by any measure.  They are not the most consistent team in the league by any measure.  What they are is one of the hardest working teams in the league by all measures.  When this team plays its game there is no team they cannot compete with and performances like that more than making the league and the fans believe that, reinforces that belief in the players.
The game itself saw the Rangers behind a Wojtek Wolski goal and Henrik Lundqvist shutout defeat Vancouver.  The game was likely the best game of the season for the team as they played a complete sixty minutes, were solid in all three zones and in their typical form found a way to get the win.  There were many stars in the game, but a few stood out above the rest as are detailed in the game recap.
In an ugly moment during the game Alex Burrows speared Marc Staal in the gonads, yet it was Staal’s retaliation that got him the only penalty on the play.  Not sure what it is with the referees and the Rangers that opponents keep getting away with dirty plays against them, but this one more than the others got to coach Tortorella. 
In his postgame Torts did not hold back going so far as to say if he were Staal, “I try to break his ankles.”  Not sure if anything will come out it from the league but props to Tortorella for defending his star.  Tortorella obviously talked about much more and the full thing is worth watching not just that part of the clip.
This morning I took a look at the Rangers captain situation to see if the time had come for Drury to step aside so the young core could take the titles to match their roles.  Maybe it is not logical to think that Drury would take such a step, but that would be why they call it leadership if he did it.
This afternoon there were injury updates on the injuries to Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Derek Boogaard.
Also this afternoon there was a story from Larry Brooks on how the Rangers are potentially willing to listen but not shop Marian Gaborik.  In the end I do not see the Rangers moving Gaborik especially with the position they are in and the move to bring in Wolski this week, but it was interesting to see it written about in that context as well.