Sunday, December 09, 2007

Rangers Watch: NJD 0, NYR 1 (OT)

Remember that stingy team that had trouble scoring. They're baack!

The Rangers brought their "D" game to the Garden, conveniently snapping two streaks tonight. Previously, New York had dropped their last three games thanks to iffy defensive play. The cross-Hudson rival Devils, on the other hand were riding a nine game unbeaten streak.

While New Jersey, under new coach Brent Sutter, is learning to play a defense first game with some offensive counter-punch, the Rangers tend to be snake bitten around the net when focusing on positional play. This time, however, the 1-0 score went in the Blueshirs favor, when Brendan Shanahan scored on a Brett Hull-type one-timer in OT.

The goaltending was stellar at both ends of the ice. Martin Brodeur faced more shots, but Henrik Lundqvist had the more difficult saves to make when the Devils pounced on Ranger blunders.

Marty Straka was -8 during the three game skid, an uncharacteristic stat for the hard-working winger. It was all forgotten in one PK shift, where Straka blocked three shots in a row (after breaking his stick on the first shot attempt). Welcome back, Marty. Now can you get Jagr going again?

Recaps: Y!/AP, TSN Broadband



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