Sunday, February 17, 2008

Rangers Clips Buffalo's Wings, NYR 5, Sabres 1

I snagged the picture off the HockeyBuzz site only to demonstrate that this new "post-five-days-break" squad is finally working like a team - young, old and instigating. Also, it makes Callahan and Dubinsky both look 11 years old. (Eat your heart out Brian Campbell! Beat by a kid, eh?). The possibilities... For the official synopsis go here.

It was a fun game to watch, Sean Avery scoring within the first ten seconds of the game set the tone and the Buffalo Sabres never arrived from that point forward. After a five-day break, the Rangers came out strong and never let up -- our beloved coach Tom Renney did not take a defensive posture after two goals and the Ranger's offense continued to take advantage of a lackluster Sabres squad. This was the offensive prowess everyone talked about pre-season.Everyone in the media is declaring The Rangers are back for the comeback, but I am a little more hesitant to take this strong a position. They played a great game, few turnovers by our dear Marek Malik and our six-year goaltender Henrik Lundqvist looked to be in form once again (for now). The one Buffalo goal, by Thomas Vanek, was a soft goal on Lundqvist -- which is what scares me the most. He has an uncanny ability to make the brilliant saves and the disappointing habit of missing the 'soft ones.' All in all, he'll find his 'mojo' and step it up going into the playoffs. If....

Tearing Buffalo to bits yesterday was a great example what our Rangers need to do to turn the season around, and more importantly, our meeting against the San Jose Sharks this afternoon (1pm EST) will be a more important example of our newly found quest. This is the game that will mean everything as the Rangers have not won a game against the entire Western Conference this year. Sad, but true.

Perhaps today is a new day!!?


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