Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rangers Watch: NYR 3, MIN 6

Marion Gaborik can take back his apology to fantasy hockey owners. The nifty Slovak exploded for 5 goals and an assist, leading the Wild to a 6-3 victory the Rangers. The feat included a natural hat trick and two goals knocked out of mid air.

New York dominated most the first period, surviving a quick and disciplined Minnesota forecheck and limiting the Wild to two shots on goal. It all fell apart in the second, however, when the Rangers' penalty kill - 3rd best in the league - turned into their Achilles' heel. Minnesota converted their first three chances of the night and the Rangers were never able to tie the game.

While the Rangers can only blame themselves for their dismal PK, it was the zebras thin skin which left them shorthanded. New York took two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for comments directed at the on-ice officials.

James Mirtle had an interesting post recently on the value of a second assist. If you don't believe it's worth getting a point for, check out Aaron Voros' slick between the legs pass on the Wild's first goal. It will make you a believer.

Recaps: Y!/AP



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