The Rangers defeated the Devils last night, denying Martin Brodeur of his 500th win. In a game that saw Jamie Langenbrunner return to action, and score on his first shift to open the game, the Devils had little else to cheer about. Nigel Dawes scored less than 90 seconds later, followed by goals by Brandon Dubinsky, Jaromir Jagr and Marc Staal got his first of his career. Brian Gianta scored in the third period to bring the Devils within two, but it was not enough.
Couple of quick notes:
Marc Staal continues to improve. He's taking the body well, becoming more and more confident with the puck and letting go some nice shots.
Tom Renney has so much confidence in the fourth line that they ended the game against the Devils top line. The Rangers' checking line is staying out of the penalty box, pinning opponents in their own zones and even generating scoring opportunities. It's great to see.
The Rangers have a huge problem when Martin Staka and Ryan Callahan return. Who do you sit? Dawes who has four goals? Dubinsky, who has created a great chemisty with Jagr? Unfortunately, I can see Marcel Hossa getting a seat on the bench, and possibly Petr Prucha. Unless they bump Ryan Hollweg or Colton Orr and then bury someone on the fourth line. We'll see what happens.
The Rangers jump right back into action tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. It should be another good game. This is the time of year that school owns my life and I will be forced to watch the game later on tonight again, but I'll post in the morning. Enjoy.