Stralman made the guy explode. I've never seen a guy actually go flying from a hip check. Usually they just get pinned / crushed along the boards, but the flyer actually got launched. It was a great hit and even greater because of the intensity and momentum that had been going back and forth for the minute or two before the hit.
OT here, but just for interest sake, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLI6aI7U80 (sorry, wasn't sure how to embed it) at the 0:16 mark has an incredible hip check. I wanted to find one by Brad Park, great Rangers defenseman who threw more of them than anybody, at least that I knew of. A few players used to throw these, not so much anymore.
that's actually going to hurt them more than help them.
Lets say they are tied with another team, I believe the 2nd tie breaker is Regulation Time wins.
Shootout wins are no longer given the same importance as a Regulation win.
Yeah, that's not really a good thing..
Last year I had concerns about our ability to win games without a skills contest, because the playoffs don't include it. We were out in the first round. And guess what, we had 2 OTLs in the playoffs.
I'd rather have the rangers get 95 points with a minimal # of them coming from SO wins and OTLs, rather then 105 points with a ton of shootout wins and OTLs, because an OTL in the playoffs isn't worth jack ****.
Not sure what everyone's getting at regarding Richards. First of all, we knew going in that he wasn't a dominant center like Crosby - he's much more of a subtle player and when his subtle plays don't result in goals, his performance his performance comes off as, well... subtle. Second, he just missed on a couple of his patented slappers - had one of those gone in, we wouldn't be hearing these comments. Third, while I like Hagelin a lot and think he could very well have top 6 upside similar to Callahan's eventually, Richards would really, really benefit from having an accomplished finisher on his LW, particularly one that has pure offensive talent to complement Callahan's solid meat and potatoes game.
I don't see an injury or anything else - just a bit of a slump. And, hey - that is only encouraging as far as this team goes. If we can win without having to rely on Richards to carry the team, that's a good thing and only points to a level of talent and depth we haven't enjoyed in quite a while.
Didn't watch the game though I saw someone earlier mentioned something about Gaborik getting hurt. I'm assuming he's fine right?
Was slashed right as he scored on his breakaway. Went down afterwards holding his shoulder, was seen on the bench and then was back on the ice later on. Believe I heard Torts say he was fine and uninjured. From what I saw, probably just a bruise on the shoulder from a slash. Nothing more.
awesome. seriously thinking we could make a good run (without jinxing us) all this without Staal too. when he comes back. mmmm
Agreed. However... If we run into a team like Boston in the playoffs, without a healthy defense we could possibly get annihilated pretty easily. We would need Staal Sauer and Eminger to be healthy to compete with them because right now as I see it out of the entire NHL our biggest competition is them.
1. Del Zotto is having a good statistical season and has stepped to the plate in a year which everyone had him in hartford. 19 in 33 (had 11 in 47 last year) with a +22.
2. The Rangers are asking a little much of Hagelin a little early. He is good as a 3rd line gunner. This playing with Richards thing isn't helping him or Brad.
3. Rangers adjusted right away to the physical game and turned it on the Flyers. Good cycling from both teams but we got the edge tonight with some solid deflections and springing Gaborik.
As far as Hagelin is concerned, you may be right but at this point in time the kid has succeeded on every line he has played on so I think they are just getting feelers out with him. His speed creates such problems for other teams.
BTW, I remember reading a post on the Flyers board after our 2-0 win, where a Flyers fan said they would destroy us, once the Flyers will be healthy. Well this game the Flyers were the healthier team...
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