Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

In OT, when Gonchar took the puck in deep, behind Lundqvist, and threw a centering pass, I had visions of Laraque's centering pass that burned the Pens against the Devils. The end result was the same. Neither of the forwards (Christensen and Sykora) rotated back, and the Rangers took off the other way. Strangely, it was the two defensemen that were involved, with Mara making a great pass across to Strudwick. You wouldn't have known that Strudwick didn't have any points this season.

In the end, I was glad to see the Pens get a point. It was also good to see them manage to get the tying goal and get to OT.

It was just as disappointing to see them give up yet another two goal lead.

Letang seems to be feeling his way through these games. I think he'll be fine with more time, and he seems to have a great shot.

Ruutu might be back in the doghouse - after he took the extra two minutes in his fight with Dubinsky, he only played one more shift in the game.

One other thing - I wonder the last time there were four goals all scored by defensemen. I can't see that happening very often. I think only one could be considered weak on Fleury's part...

I thought it was a bit surprising to see Recchi back on the ice. Usually Therrien rides the winning lineup...

Next up: the Devils visit the Igloo on Wednesday. I imagine there will be a few spirited practices between now and then...

2 comments:

recchin'-thepens said...

You jobber, Ruutu did the right thing. He got a boarding call plus the fight. They were totally seperate, and the board came before the fight.

Pat said...

recchin - me = dumb

the basic point (that Ruutu didn't play much after he took the boarding call) is still valid, though.