Saturday, October 23, 2010

New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins Recap: Everyone Plays Their Role In 3-2 Win

BOSTON - OCTOBER 23: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers scores a breakaway goal at 48 seconds of the second period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on October 23, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
I asked before the game if the Rangers were ever going to find the consistency they keep talking about and while there were more breakdowns tonight than on Thursday in Toronto this was another step in the right direction as the effort was still there.  The Rangers took advantage of some luck/chances early in the game and it would eventually be enough to get the W, bringing them to 3-2-1 on the year.  This was a big win because the Bruins came in hot, having won four straight as well.

New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins: Consistency?

Rangers (2-2-1) @ Boston (4-1)

Key Opposing Player: Nathan Horton

Dubinsky - Anisimov - Callahan
Avery - Stepan – Fedotenko
Frolov - Christensen - Prust
Boogaard - White - Boyle

Staal - Rozsival
Del Zotto - Girardi
Gilroy - Sauer


Lundqvist vs Rask Tonight

As expected the NYRangers lineup will stay the same tonight in front of the net and in a traditional move Tortorella goes back to Lundqvist tonight.  Seems as if both coaches are playing on the history of numbers against the opponent in this one as Tim Thomas despite his great start to the year will give way to Tukka Rask who is 2-1 1.34GAA .957 SV% and 1 SO in 3 starts against the Rangers.  While Rask's numbers are very impressive versus the Rangers they dont stack up quite as impressively as Henrik's 13-4-0-2 1.39 GAA .951SV% in 19 starts, if only the number of starts Henrik has done it against Boston.

As I said yesterday I would have given Biron another go today to see how he and the team responded, but can never get too upset when the coach puts Lundqvist between the pipes.