Rangers Watch: CAR 2, NYR 4
Prior to tonight's game, the Rangers had scored first in their last four matches only to go 1-3 during that same stretch. The pattern looked as though it was going to repeat after New York potted the first goal only to find themselves down 2-1 by the end of the period. Tonight would be different, however. The Rangers rallied back to score three unanswered goals and end their three game slide. It was also the Rangers first win since December 1st that wasn't a shut out by Henrik Lundqvist.
Tough break for Colton Orr, tougher for Matt Cullen. The two collided in open ice, leaving Cullen unconscious. It could have been worse - Orr didn't drive through his former teammate. Depending on which side of the fence your rooting from, it looked as though Orr was prepared for a collision Cullen clearly didn't see coming. Although Cullen had just dropped the puck to a teammate, Orr was given a major for interference and a game misconduct plus another five for the resulting fight with Mike Commodore.
And tonight welcomed the return of Jaromir Jagr. After going goalless in his last 10 games, Jags erupted for two.
This is about the time last year that the Rangers turned it around after a slow start to the season. Hopefully history will repeat itself. Thanks to the parity in the Eastern Conference, the hole they've dug for themselves isn't as deep.
Recaps: Y!/AP, TSN Broadband