The first game after the All-Star break, fans welcome back all the big boys that return tonight: Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan are back from injuries, then Michael Del Zotto, who was in the minors (AHL) in Connecticut, gets recalled.
Rangers score quickly in both periods, but the Penguins retaliate. Callahan's power play goal (PPG) ties, but NY still falls short in the shootout (SO). Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies in the league with four assists.
Just forget the entirely pathetic excuse for a period they played against Jersey; that just did not happen. Vinny Prospal returns with his first goal (a PPG) all season, but that still was not enough. Lundqvist obtains his 200th win. The Rangers have a perfect record against competitors when leading the score into the third period.
Young and hungry rookies--although they do not play that way--are searching for playoff chances.
With pucks flying and bouncing everywhere against the Canadiens, the lack of shots on goal (SOG) during a PP is simply disgraceful. Biron performs great, but Price is hotter... meaning better!
Brandon Prust takes over Sean Avery's role as enforcer. Skating with a bloody nose versus Pittsburgh, Ryan gets a PPG. Thank goodness for second periods! Five consecutive goals and fabulous penalty killing (PK) always help, too.
Viewing the intensity of Brandon to Brandon brings that playoff state of mind into NY
Rangers dethrone the Kings in an SO after battling back-and-forth in a ridiculous nail-biter. Interesting to notice how game strategies can change while playing. Then, in a must-win against those Flyers, the Rangers falter.
Heading South, the Staal brothers were heating things up in NC. Ryan scores another crucial PPG. Somehow tied at three, Wojtek Wolski wins the SO with only one goal scored. Biron wears a look on his face, as if to say, "I told him to do that."