Sunday, December 30, 2007

Rangers Watch: MTL 3, NYR 4 (OT)

Chris Drury has been steady but often unnoticeable since signing with New York. He's killed in the faceoff circle but his 28 points put him behind pace for his best years in Colorado and Buffalo. Tonight, he showed exactly why the Rangers signed him to a rich, multi-year contract. Drury potted a signature clutch goal to tie the game and then provided the primary assist on the OT tally by Brendan Shanahan.

After a painful second period, where the Canadiens scored two goals to take the lead while holding the Rangers to one shot on goal, you had to wonder which Rangers team was going to take the ice for the second: the one which scores first, loses the lead, and then folds; or the team which keeps coming at you. Fortunately, it was the latter.

Could the Blueshirts really be experiencing the same post-Christmas renaissance that turned last year's season around? They're 3-0 since unwrapping their gifts. It will be a challenge to keep the streak alive - next up is a swing through Western Canada.

Recaps: Y!/AP, TSN Broadband



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