Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rangers Win; Isles Lose; Blogger is Spinning Like a Top at East Standings

I saw none of either game, me and some buddies went to the Meadowlands for the NJ HS Hockey Semifinals. To think, I saw better play out of two high school games than one Devils game. Frankly, it was Pre-Lockout hockey, and I loved it.

Anyway, back to my original point, the Rangers waived bye-bye to the Bruins playoff hopes with a 7-0 victory over Bahston at the Gahden. Call-up Ryan Callahan scored his 1st NHL goal and added another in the 3rd. Good day for rookie call-ups I suppose. Matt Cullen notched 2 goals (in 25 seconds) and an assist. He's easily been the finest Ranger forward the past 2-3 weeks, and is the reason they'll be challenging till at least the season's final day. JJ added 3 assists, and even Meathead Avery had a goal and two hamburger helpers. The Rags move back into 8th place because. Hmm, the Rangers getting big production out of call-ups from Hartford. I wonder who's been advocating that since we started this blog?

The Isles blew it. An 8-5 loss in South Florida is a real demorilizer. It knocks them outta the Top 8 for the first time since before the trade deadline. Ryan Smyth and Mike Sillinger both scored twice for the Icelanders, who were tied with Florida 3-3 after one period. The Cats exploded for 4 in the 3rd. Ville Peltonen and Olli Jokinen scored two for Florida each. It puts Florida's hopes back to the "slim" level. How important is Ricky D. now?

Here's and updated look at the East, 1-13:

# Team PTS GR
1. Buffalo 98 11
2. Devils 94 10
3. Atlanta 86 9
4. Ottawa 91 10
5. Penguins 90 11
6. Tampa 82 10
7. Carolina 80 9
8. Rangers 79 10
9. Islanders 78 11
10. Leafs 78 10
11. Habs 78 9
12. Bruins 73 11
13. Florida 73 10

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