Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rangers Watch: NYR 4, PIT 3 (OT)

Despite the score, it was all defense for the Rangers tonight. All four goals came from D-men to extend New York's win streak to five, their longest of the season. After starting the season 0-5-1 on the road, the Rangers have won their last four in opposing arenas.

The night didn't start off great for the Blueshirts. They had trouble handling the Penguins speed, losing almost every race for loose pucks and struggling against Pittsburgh's forecheck. They were lucky to get out of the first period down only 2-0.

I'm not quite sure what coach Tom Renney was thinking to start the game. You're riding a win streak and you start futzing with the lines? I know Chris Drury is the most expensive third line center in the league, but if the team's winning, who cares?

A couple adjustments during the first break seemed to do the trick. Renney basically returned to what's worked for him so far: getting Fedor Tyutin and Dan Giradi out as much as possible against the other team's best players and restoring the top line of Jagr-Dubinsky-Hossa.

Jason Strudwick got his first point in two years and it was a doozy. He converted a feed from D partner Paul Mara to win it in overtime. (Was anyone else nervous about what was going to happen the other way if Marc-Andre Fleury had made the save?)

BTW, what's up with Mark Recchi's visor? I know he's worn it for years but it just struck me today how big it is. He might as well wear a bubble.

Recaps: Y!/AP



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