After going 0-7-2 against Western Conference teams this season, the Rangers have finally won one and more importantly, they avenged Marc by defeating the Sharks by the score of 3-1. After going down 1-0 early on what some might call a weak goal, the Rangers bounced back and tied it a little more than half-way through the first period. On that note, Ryan Callahan has been playing out of his mind since coming back from his stint in Hartford.
After going 10 home games without scoring a power play goal, the Rangers’ power play came up big when Chris Drury fired a shot over Nabokov’s glove and under the crossbar to take the lead. Drury now has 11 points in the last 9 games.
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The Rangers new 3rd line has been very impressive since coach Tom Renney decided to switch up the lines for the final playoff push. Originally, Marc and I thought that putting Straka on a line with Callahan and Drury would hold them back. After today’s game, Marc came up with this as an explanation as to why the opposite is happening. “Have you ever seen an old dog that kind of just lays around all day, not really doing anything? Then, you bring home a new puppy, and suddenly the old dog starts running around and wanting to play again. Straka is the old dog, and Callahan is the puppy.” Up until now, game after game, Straka has been passing up golden shooting opportunities and making cross-ice passes at the blueline that are easily intercepted. Suddenly, he’s skating hard and shooting the puck which has led to 3 assists and some rebound goals scored by his linemates in these past two games.
After announcing the signing of a new contract with Dan Girardi during yesterday’s game, the Rangers announced during today’s game that they signed a deal with Fedor Tyutin that, according to John Dellapina at the Daily News, is worth $11.4 Million over four years. The Rangers have had a pretty expensive weekend, haven’t they?