Rangers Win and Post Game Thoughts

September 30, 2011, by

The Rangers kicked off their European trip with a solid 2-0 victory over Prague. Aided by second period goals from Artem Anisimov and Ruslan Fedotenko, the team was led by the strong play of Martin Biron who played very well in earning a shutout victory. According to beat writer Jim Cerny Biron made several impressive saves throughout.

Given the lack of TV coverage that is the shortest recap you’ll ever likely to see on the site so we’ll just get to some thoughts I have over the game.

  • Artem Anisimov scored the game winner. I have a feeling this won’t be his last of the upcoming season. With so much talent, he started to be more consistent last year. Hopefully, with Brad Richards commanding so much attention Artie will have more freedom to have a big year.
  • I know it’s pre-season but with his goal, did Fedotenko once again prove how nice a pick-up he’s been? All that from a camp try-out. He’s a great depth piece that can be moved up and down the lines and gives 100% every game. Good teams need foot soldiers and that’s exactly what Feds is.
  • Take a bow Marty Biron. Yes, I am biased but health allowing I firmly believe the Rangers have the best 1-2 in the entire league. A perennial Vezina candidate aided by a guy in Biron that could probably still be a solid starter for 10+ teams around the league. Have to love that combo.
  • Erixon and Del Zotto got on the board. Hopefully their assists help raise their games. By all accounts, Del Zotto’s pass in particular was a great play. That’s what he’s capable of.
  • Brutal Schedule! Following the Prague game yesterday the Rangers now do all this, prior to next Friday’s opener: They resume play against Frolunda in Sweden on Friday, Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia on Sunday, and Zug in Switzerland Monday. That’s going to be taxing. 3 more countries in 4 days before going back to Sweden for the opening weekend. Hopefully they get a rest day or two in the next week.
  • I would love to see Scott Stajcer get some time in net. He’s got good talent so don’t let him rot in the stands for the next ten days. Given the schedule, giving Lundqvist and Biron some time out of the pads would be good.
  • A week today is the opening game! I can’t wait to be there. If you’re anything like as excited for the opening weekend as I am, good luck to you.
  • I truly believe we’ll see a strong first weekend from the Rangers. 1-1 would be fine, given all the travel, the injuries on D etc but I have a feeling the Rangers take both games.


  1. Zen says:

    Just a note on AA. He is a good guy and a solid two-way player, but I don’t think he has many big years in him. The skill is there, but the killer instinct is not… and I’m not sure it will ever be. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stepan is the full-time 2nd line center by some point in the season and AA is on the third line… where I think he is a better fit. I know many will disagree with me, but I don’t think he has the upside that other people do.

    • Chris says:

      Zen, by big years I wasn’t being greedy. A big yr for Artie would be 50 points, maybe 60. Not a huge amount of players in the league reach 60 points these days. If we can get a second line center to do so then it’d be a huge bonus.

      Depending on ice time throughout his career I think AA’s ceiling is 70 points max. Still means a good career though! 🙂

      And for the record, long term, I agree with you that Stepan is the 2nd line center

      • James says:

        Truthfully people seem to talk about the “killer instinct” too much in my opinion. Not everyone needs to play like Jordan or Messier… One would argue Jari Kurri didn’t have a killer instinct, nor did Mike Gartner (which got him in Keenan’s dog house in ’94 and btw that team could have won the cup with Gartner on the roster) nor did Brett Hull. The point being those guys were all great players. Artie’s very young and is still getting acclimated not only to the North American style of hockey, but also to the North American culture. Let’s not label him Alexei Kovalev or Alexander Daigle just yet.

        • wwpd says:

          are you kidding I’d be thrilled to label him alex kovalev. forget about killer instinct that guy scored 400+ nhl goals without even showing up for 1/3 of his shifts

          I do believe artie can have a successful career as a very good 3rd line center and maybe even 2nd on a number of teams, but he’s no mike gartner. guys need to be competitors to put up 50+ points in the league if they are not blessed with world class talent

  2. becky says:

    Love AA so so much, and Tenk too, I’m glad they were the goal scorers. I think that’s why I love this team – we have two superstars yet the games are won by a young farm guy (is that a baseball-only term? hmm) and a pick up. Also I am completely jealous that you’ll be in Sweden for the games.

  3. Chris in MA says:

    “I know it’s pre-season but with his goal, did Fedotenko once again prove how nice a pick-up he’s been? All that from a camp try-out. He’s a great depth piece that can be moved up and down the lines and gives 100% every game. Good teams need foot soldiers and that’s exactly what Feds is.”

    100% Fact. I blasted Fedotenko last year the moment they invited him to try out. I thought it was going to be a complete waste… and he proved be completely wrong. The rare instance when I almost enjoy saying that I was wrong.

  4. scrangersfan says:

    I disagree with you Zen, I compare AA. with Fedorof formerly of Detroit, he was also a skilled player who lasted well over 15 years. AA. needs to put on about 25lb.and he will be fine for many years.

    • Chris says:

      AA has a good future but he’s nowhere near Fedorov. Fedorov was one of the best skaters in the history of the league, had elite skill and a defensive ability almsot unrivalled (selkes…) and there is no way AA ever wins a Hart like Fedorov.

      If by comparison you mean simply a good two-way Russian player who can have a long NHL career then yes. But other than player-type there really is no comaprison. IF AA ever went to replicate Fedorov’s career NYR fans will be celebrating multiple cup wins.

      • The Suit says:

        Whenever I read about young players being compared to veteran greats, why are they always compared to guys from the same country? Makes no sense to me.

      • scrangersfan says:

        I did not mean that AA. will be as good as Fedorov was,I only compared the two as similar stile,skilled,smooth not a grinding type who playws with some sandpaper in his game.IMO.You don’t need to play Ovechkin style of hockey to have a lengthy career.

  5. Rickyrants13 says:

    If the pressure is taken off of AA like it was when he was ruleing the 4th line He could have a monster year between Dubi and Cally. Some of that will also depend on the health of those two.

    As for Feds its nice to see a retread brought in here with no pressure on him to be the top gun or one of the top guns. Great add by the Rangers. And when you bring in a Vet tryout while most of your kids arent ready to play yet its never a waste of time.