Can someone tell me why the pollyannas at MSG just simply HAVE to put up a "player of the game" for the other guys, too? We don't need to see one from the other team. There are no Flyers fans watching MSG.
This is the Richards I expected to see when we signed him. More of that, please.
Getting lost in the offensive explosion is that Hank had yet another spectacular game. We were outshot by a large margin in the 2nd and he came up huge.
The Flyers are not a complete team. They are good offensively but their defense and goaltending leave a lot to be desired. Pronger would help a bit but that team would still have deficiencies. I think they miss Mike Richards' Selke-calibre defense at times, especially on the PK.
1. Callahan: Hatty for the Captain
2. Richards: THIS is why he was brought to New York. The guy is the real deal. His confidence is beaming, and he's making things happen.
3. Gaborik: The guy is a stud.
The Flyers are really missing Pronger. Personally, I'd be surprised if he weren't done. Not saying its a good thing for hockey because its not but it seems to be the reality of the situation. They need to make a serious move to upgrade the defense.
Cally, Gaborik, Hank were my 3 stars. Richards was close behind.
Damn I love watching this team! Great game of hockey, even in the 2nd, when the Flyers where dominating shots, the Rangers did a good job of keeping their goal and sticking to the plan.
The good: Our top 6 played like a top 6 should, they were always dangerous. Richards was unlucky he didn't have 6+ points on the night. The PP was much better, they kept it simple and the passing was crisp. With the way the Flyers were getting to the net, the D did a good job of letting Lundy see the shots, and of clearing out the rebounds. PK was excellent again.
The bad: Nothing really to see here, good team game
The Redden: The Flyers IQ. It's good for the Rangers, but they are dumb team when the pressure is on. The Rangers are so far inside their heads it's hilarious.