The Boys on Broadway failed to disappoint last evening in the home opener at MSG against the Ottawa Senators. It was a fantastic win, setting the stage to believe in them for the remainder of the season -- always a dangerous precedent. Despite the win there were unhappy Rangers fans continuing their loser tradition of boo'ing their own players -- which I think is assinine the second game into a new season and new roster -- and this time overpaid Michal Rozsival received as many as Brashear, but I digress....
We won! Official recap here.
Sounding almost redundant, thank the heavens for Henrik Lundqvist our miracle worker in goal. After a scoreless and scary first period, he held a brick wall in front of the net, as countless Senators lobby-ed their way into Blueshirt territory, Henrik saving 19 of 20 shots in the second period alone -- and allowing our boys to take a substantial lead 3-1.
Marian Gaborik. Wow. Stay healthy and we might expect that Atlantic division title.
“The excitement was there (Saturday) night with the great fans out there. I got chills when I skated out on the ice. It was great, especially with the win.”- Right wing Marian Gaborik, who scored his second goal in as many games in the Rangers' 5-2 victory Saturday over Ottawa.
As nostalgic and hopeful we all become after opening night at The Garden, I still remain hesitant to pour my 'Stanley Cup dreams' into this team. They are quicker, they are a more skilled team and there are moments of greatness. But the power play remains a zombie, the Blueshirts going 0 for 5 with the advantage (that is now 0-9 over the season on the PP) and I still feel that the roster is missing that 'stay-at-home quarterback' to take the burden off of Henrik. I trust the power play will improve (it numerically has to) but I cannot say that about our blueline. We need help on defense, plain & simple.