Complaints From All Fall On Deaf Ears As Pens Shutout NYR

This guy got ten and a half minutes of ice time which is double what I expected so he gets to be the lead picture since no one really deserved it and I refuse to post a picture of a Penguin. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

According to the schedule up on the Rangers website, the team was scheduled to play the Penguins at home tonight. I can confirm there was a game at Madison Square Garden as I wasted two and a half hours of my life watching whatever it was MSG was showing.

And I’m not just bashing the Rangers with this commentary. The game was basically atrocious on both ends. Let’s put it this way – remember the first game between the Rangers and Flyers a week ago? This one was worse.

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Replacing Ryan Callahan *UPDATED*

Sigh. I know it’s your style of play but we need you on the ice not in the pressbox. Get well soon Captain! (Photo: Derrick Bostrom/flickr)

**Update: Replacement will only be temporary as the Rangers announced he has a shoulder subluxation and will only be out 10-14 days. Thank goodness.**

First off, you don’t replace Ryan Callahan. You can’t. The things he does on the ice, the package he brings, can not be replaced by one person. That’s why he’s captain.

Therefore “replacing” him will have to be by committee. Others will have to step up and take pieces of his role. Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle will have to stand in front of the net during the power play. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin will have to get more time on the penalty kill. The entire team is going to have search within themselves (to take a Torts phrase) and find that energy, that identity he brings to the ice and continue to bring it even without having a leader to follow.

As for an actual roster replacement, the best option would be for Sather to pull one of his miracles. Since I’m not expecting that to happen, here’s my thoughts on what can or will take place.

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Beginnings: Dan Girardi

Landon & Dan Girardi (Photo: screen shot from 24/7)

In case you missed it last week or do not have access to MSG, here is the full episode of Dan Girardi’s “Beginnings”:

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Huge Win Comes At Huge Cost

This man should’ve been a star of the game for his penalty killing prowless. Still amazes me what he can do out there. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch at the drop of a coin. During the second period tonight, it absolutely went the Rangers way. It could’ve turned to the Flyers early in the third but for the first time all season, I saw the Rangers team I knew and loved last year. We’re going to have see a lot more of that over the next couple of weeks due to those circumstances in the third.

A couple of pregame notes. First, the Rangers fourth goal against Toronto which was originally credited to Boyle has now been given to Del Zotto as it was deemed that while Boyle screened Reimer, he never touched the puck. To be honest, I didn’t think he had when I first saw the goal but I went with it cause they said he did.

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Whale Weekly: Homestand Just What Doctor Ordered

One of two new additions to the Whale this week had quite a good start to his Whale career. (Photo: Chris Rutsch/flickr)

After splitting their games last week, the Whale looked to get back on track with three home games this week. Looks like it worked as the Whale went three for three, earning all six points available to them.

Wednesday night was a crazy one as the Whale and Adirondack Phantoms combined for 11 goals and 30 penalty minutes in a game that needed over 64 minutes to complete.

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The Week Ahead: Second Chances And Old Grudges

2 goals and 2 assists against the Maple Leafs and I still can’t find
any happy Gaby pics! (Photo: Derrick Bostrom/flickr)

Four goals in the third period? Talk about a nail biter! But, if you were teetering on the edge, the next week is not going to give you a break. Let’s hope the Gaborik, Richards and Nash line can continue to pick up the slack.

We’re hosting some visitors from Pennsylvania this week! Let’s look at the schedule:
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Rangers Come From Behind As Top Line Reappears

This man was sporting the new and approved Broadway Hat (from Hugo Boss) after the Rangers come from behind win this evening. It could’ve gone to any one of five guys. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti called it the Rangers best game of the season. It really wasn’t difficult for that to happen but I would have to agree. While the first period was a lot of mental mistakes, once they got that together this team looked more like the one I know and love.

A couple of changes in line-up which I apologize for not posting sooner. For those who missed the earlier news, the Rangers called up new acquisition Benn Ferriero to replace Chris Kreider, who is day to day with a bone chip in his ankle. He suffered that injury with the Whale so it does explain his play a little bit. I’m still not convinced he’s 100% ready for the NHL but we won’t know that until he’s healed. For now, he’ll be off the ice for a couple of days.

There is also a rumor (read: done but not official yet) that Jason Arnott will be signing with the Rangers after taking a physical tonight or tomorrow morning. It is expected to be a one year contract worth between $1.6 and $1.7 million.

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