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Game 23: Rangers vs Blue Jackets

Welcome to the first edition of “Rangers Need A Win”. Feel like we’ll be seeing a lot of these. (Note: I’m changing the style of the game thread. If you hate it, just tell me).

OPPONENT: Blue Jackets.

RECORD: 12-6-3

LEADING SCORER: Rick Nash, who has 25 points. 14 of those are goals.

GOALIE: Steve Mason, he of the 3.44 GAA and the .890 save percentage.

RANGERS LINES:

Chris Higgins-Vinny Prospal-Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery-Artem Anisimov-P.A. Parenteau
Enver Lisin-Ryan Callahan-Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear-Brian Boyle-Aaron Voros

D-pairs are the same. Lundqvist should be in goal.

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: Not good. We can talk all we want about injuries, but the truth is, this team doesn’t have the secondary scoring. Higgins needs to produce. Avery needs to produce. So does Ryan Callahan. This team reminds me a lot of the Jagr years. Yeah, Gaborik can probably carry this team to the playoffs, just like Jagr. But, it’s not enough to be a contender.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Donald Brashear gets a point. Or two.

ON THE iPOD: Five More Hours, The Gabe Dixon Band

FINAL PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1. Just going on a feeling.

Use this as your open thread for the game. Watch, discuss, have fun. Most of all, LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

108 Responses to “Game 23: Rangers vs Blue Jackets”

  1. Dave says:

    Someone reads the Lohud Yankees Blog ;)

  2. Dave says:

    You have to be kidding me….

  3. Dave says:

    Again? Really?

  4. Dave says:

    Everyone climb on, Gaborik is gonna carry them to the playoffs.

  5. Dave says:

    REDDEN!

  6. Dave says:

    WOO! TIED!

  7. Jeremy says:

    I would marry Marian Gaborik if I could. He is such a stud. Unbelivable. Also, Anisimov just scored!!!! Torts knows how to call a timeout

  8. Jeremy says:

    AA deflected a shot from Redden, although it looked like Gaborik had scored before that

  9. Dave says:

    There’s some serious man crush-age going on here for Marian Gaborik.

    • Jeremy says:

      Not afraid to admit the man crush. Him, Will Smith and Brad Pitt. But, Gaborik is first. Is he better than Jagr was in 2005-6?

  10. Jeremy says:

    ANisimov’s goal is the first goal by a ranger other than Prospal or Gaborik in 212:19

  11. Dave says:

    The Hart always goes to the one with the most points, not the MVP. It’s a flawed award.

    See: Jagr, 2006.

  12. Dave says:

    WOW! What a play by Del Zotto!

  13. Jeremy says:

    MDZ=Calder. So the Rangers have the leading Calder candidate, and a leader for the MVP. And somehow, the Rangers are last in the Atlantic. Somethin’ ain’t right.

    • Dave says:

      Hockey is the ultimate team game. I love how one player can’t turn an entire team around.

  14. becky says:

    Dear Del Zotto,

    Wow…

  15. Dave says:

    I guess that’s how you answer back.

  16. Jeremy says:

    So THAT was a pretty good period, no? At least the second half

  17. david says:

    how did del zotto score

    • Dave says:

      Took the puck at the Columbus blue line, Columbus changed, Del Zotto just danced around a few players to the slot and ripped it low blocker.

  18. Jeremy says:

    I think moving Higgins to the first line was a pretty good move

    • Dave says:

      Any of the “grinders” who play a natural center/LW work there. They have the skill with Prospal and Gaborik, all they needed was someone to get them the puck.

  19. Jeremy says:

    Has anyone seen Rosival?

  20. Jeremy says:

    Wait, is that a goal? How did Parenteau miss that? Avery put it in, under review

  21. Dave says:

    That’s a goal. Avery makes it 4-2!

  22. Jeremy says:

    That’s a goal. Avery!

  23. Jeremy says:

    What a pass by Avery to Parenteau. Tremendous

  24. becky says:

    dear the rangers…

    wow

  25. Dave says:

    That’s how you answer back!

  26. david says:

    avery its about time!!!!

  27. Dave says:

    WOW!

  28. Jeremy says:

    AVERY AGAIN!!! Wait, GABORIK JUST SCORED AGAIN!!!!!

  29. Dave says:

    You have to be kidding me!

  30. Jordan says:

    Incredible.

  31. Jeremy says:

    6-2!!! They pulled Mason, and on Garon’s first play, Gabby scores

  32. Jeremy says:

    Who is this team, and what have they done with the Rangers.

  33. david says:

    hell yaa!!i was waiting for a game like this

  34. Jeremy says:

    And then Voros fights the dude who hit Staal. They’re finally listening to BSB

  35. becky says:

    Jeremy you gotta always set up the game threads like this man.. though your prediction is just a little off

  36. Mike A. says:

    I think we’ll see this Higgins-Prospal-Gaborik line together next game.

  37. Dave says:

    What a move by Gilroy!

  38. Jeremy says:

    Hey, remember when the Rangers were losing 2-0?

  39. Mike A. says:

    That timeout might be the turning point of the season.

  40. Dave says:

    It’s amazing how the comments for any game thread come with how well the Rangers are playing. During this 4-9-1 stretch, no one posted. The Rangers put up seven goals, and now we have a ton of posts.

  41. Dave says:

    I love the Bronx cheer for Garon.

  42. Jeremy says:

    This was a good night for Garden Of Dreams awareness night, wasn’t it?

  43. Dave says:

    That was a rip by Huselieus.

  44. Jeremy says:

    Huselieus should be on the Swedish Olympic team. what a shot. BTW, Kotalik got hurt

    • Dave says:

      I wonder how many people are going to over react that the goal was high glove on Hank. I’m going with roughly 500.

  45. Dave says:

    Two shoulder injuries. Awesome.

  46. Dave says:

    Full of applesauce? Thank you Stan Fischler.

  47. Jeremy says:

    Who leaves the lineup when Drury comes back? Voros? Parenteau? I would say Voros…

  48. Dave says:

    I believe 82 comments is a record.

  49. Dave says:

    Two solid plays by DZ there. His defensive game is the most underrated part of his game.

  50. Dave says:

    Jeremy, Voros has been solid. I prefer Brashear to get benched. I was actually thinking about writing about that tomorrow. You want to? You brought it up.

  51. Jeremy says:

    The Rangers are more physical than I’ve seen in awhile. Redden was in a guy’s face after he poked at Hank. The Voros and Brashear fights. Some big hits. Very good to see

  52. Dave says:

    Crap.

  53. Jeremy says:

    If the Rangers hadn’t scored 7 goals, we’d be in panic mode

  54. Dave says:

    Rozsival took a shot!

  55. Dave says:

    Ehhh. Weak call on Nash. That’s not interference.

    • Jeremy says:

      The problem is that there isn’t a real clear rule on running the goalie. It’s a judgement call, but it really shouldn’t be. If he’s pushed, no call. If he isn’t, penalty. Simple as that

  56. Jeremy says:

    It’s a shame Nash plays in Columbus. If he was in New York, or Toronto, or Chicago, he’d be as big as Ovechkin. So good

    • Dave says:

      Columbus is actually a good market. They get snow and ice there. Unlike Kovalchuk and Atlanta…

      • Jeremy says:

        True. I still don’t get how they thought Atlanta/Phoenix etc were strong hockey markets. Move some teams to Canada!

  57. Dave says:

    See Hank, that’s what happens when you take shots off the face. Cut that out.

  58. Jeremy says:

    Hey, we reached 100 comments! How cool! Great job guys!

  59. Dave says:

    2008 Rangers scoring leaders:

    Gomez/Zherdev – 58 points
    Naslund – 24 goals

    How soon until Gaborik shatters both?

  60. Jeremy says:

    That is what I call a great win