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The Rangers celebrate a goal in their shutout win (NY Daily News pic).

 

Henrik Lundqvist looked more like the goaltender we came to expect this season. Finally. Lundqvist turned aside all 22 shots he saw and picked up a 2-o win over Washington. John Moore and Ryan Callahan had the goals for the Rangers. Brad Richards assisted on both goals. Braden Holtby(34-36) gave up both goals in the second period when the Rangers outshot the Caps 21-6 and takes the loss.

It’s a refreshing change for the Rangers who were whipped by a combined 20-5 margin in their last three games. Rick Nash missed all three of those games dealing with concussion symptoms. His status is still up in the air at present. Michael Del Zotto (illness) was a late scratch on the Rangers’ blue line. Neither team converted on the power play in seven combined chances.

In the evening’s other game, Anaheim picked up its fifth win in a row by dousing the Calgary Flames 3-2. Victor Fasth made 33 saves and Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his last season in the league for the Ducks. Dustin Penner and Kyle Palmieri were the other goal scorers for Anaheim. Jiri Hudler and Lee Stempniak lit the lamp in the loss.

It’s nice to see Selanne get on the board. The goal is the 676th of his career and the Ducks visit Phoenix next on Friday.

Thursday’s Games (all times ET)

Vancouver at Buffalo 7pm

Carolina at Toronto 7pm

Edmonton at NY Islanders 7pm

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7pm

Columbus at Montreal 730pm

New Jersey at Ottawa 730pm

Minnesota at Tampa Bay 730pm

Boston at Florida 730pm Look for Tim Thomas to be back in net for this one for Florida.

St. Louis at Chicago 8pm

Los Angeles at Nashville 8pm

San Jose at Dallas 830pm Sharks look for a 7-0-0 start for the second straight year.

Detroit at Colorado 9pm Classic rivalry game and the Avs look to stay perfect.

 

  1. Andrew, would you drop Justin Faulk for Christian Ehrhoff or Michael Del Zotto? I traded Yandle for Bobby Ryan and picked up Faulk, but thinking Del Zotto & Ehrhoff have more potential ROS. Also, do u think Charlie Coyle or Nino Niederreiter become significant contributors this season? Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      I agree that MDZ has more potential and Ehrhoff should get plenty of ice time on the PP in Buffalo. I like Nino over Charlie but how significant they will be is a mystery. Nino spent 55 games in the NHL for the Isles and scored once.

  2. John Stamos says:
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    Hey Andrew! I feel like I have a new question for you every day, so my apologies… It’s just that things have been slow since Full House ended… I’m lookign to shop Hertl/Vlasic for Pomenville and pickup Spurgeon. Thoughts? Realistic?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      I understand and you can only shoot so many commercials for Oikos. I like the idea of getting Pominville as he is in a nice fit in MIN. And try to sell high on Hertl you never know what you’ll get.

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