Rangers Vs. Hurricanes: Explosive Third Period Gives Rangers Sixth Straight Win
You want to talk about a game? The New York Rangers earned their sixth straight win tonight with a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers tallied four goals in the final ten minutes of the third period, and flew past the Hurricanes.
Sean Avery had a heck of a game tonight, and even got the Rangers on the board first with an beauty of a goal. Avery was able to speed past the stumbling defenseman, waited him out as he fell and roofed it over the shoulder of Cam Ward. If Sean Avery can play like that every night, it would make this Rangers team that much better.
Speaking of Avery, he drew two penalties in the second period, back-to-back. Anyone else see the signs of the Avery from the past? However, the Hurricanes were able to get things all tied up at one, with a goal coming from Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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Mid-way through the third period, the Rangers unleashed havoc on the Hurricanes. Eric Staal was whistled down for high sticking, and the MSG crowd let Staal hear it. Staal was hounded all night by the crowd after his hit on Marc last season, which is currently sidelining him. The Rangers would have an eventual 27 seconds power play and they converted. The Rangers did everything right on this short power play, and were very patient. Brad Richards made an unbelievable pass over the Girardi who beat the sprawling Cam Ward.
They weren't done just yet, Brandon Dubinsky notched his first goal of the season just 9 seconds later. Dubinsky looked up to the heavens after he was finally able to break his scoring drought, and the "DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUB" chants came raining down at MSG.
Just about three minutes later, Ryan Callahan was able to pounce on a rebound off of a Michael Sauer shot. There was a mad scramble and Cally was able to find the puck and notch his seventh goal of the season. Oh just wait, there is still one more goal. Five minutes later, Cam Ward made a lazy play behind the net and Brad Richards was able to wrap it into an empty net. Ward never even saw Richards coming, and was stunned when it was in the net, that made it 5-1 Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist had another solid performance tonight between the pipes, and made a couple HUGE saves to keep the Rangers in it. The Rangers are cruising right now, and are finally clicking. This team is offensively powerful when they get rolling, as we've seen over the last six games. This win currently puts the Rangers 2 points out of first place, since the Penguins were able to win 3-1 tonight. Overall a solid game, and an even better third period to get the win.
Here are tonight's three stars of the game, and your recipient of the Broadway Hat