Still about an hour away from the drop of the puck. Either I'm coming down with something---a little chilled---or the AC's on here at the Garden. That's efficient.
Henrik Lundqvist will start his 16th stright---tying a career high---and Tuukka Rask, not Tim Thomas, will start for the Bs. Could be that Chad Johnson will start in Atlanta Thursday and Lundqviost comes back against the Bruins at TD BankNorth Saturday afternoon.
Expected lines tonight:
Brandon Dubinsky-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Christopher Higgins-Chris Drury-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Artem Anisimov-Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear-Brian Boyle-Enver Lisin
Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Michal Rozsival
Wade Redden-Matt Gilroy
FYI, before the Rangers face the Bruins on Saturday, they will practice on Friday at Boston University (alma mater of Chris Drury and Matt Gilroy). Looking forward to that. Recall seeing Blueshirts practicing at Northeastern one season.
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More in a few...
Girardi-Del Zotto starting with Dubinsky-Christensen-Gaborik....Avery bangs Boychuk on boards...fourth line on now...Lisin zips one over the bar....Rangers PP with Dan Paille off for tripping at 3:13...Rask gloves Dubinsky's shot from the left circle, the Rangers' second of the PP, which ends without a real threat... A flurry of shots ends with Staal slapper hitting Rask square int he mask, shots 5-4 Rangers...Sobotka, at 7:31 called for holding, and Rangers are handed second power play. They are 2 for last 24....Another penalty for Bs at 9:58, crowd booing Rozy. Kotalik's goal was his first since Nov. 5... Gaborik's two shots from left point miss net early in short 5-on-3, but Ales Kotalik scores on ensuing 5 on 4 slapper inside near post, 1-0 NYR. Rangers then don't cash in on another PP...It is the first time in six games that the Rangers have scored first...At 17:30, too many men for the Rangers. Bs PP coming up....But Rangers hold em off, and Dubinsky almost beats Rask five-hole.
RANGERS 1, BRUINS 0 END OF ONE
B's have territorial edge early..15:01 left.... Marc Savard collides with Lundqvist's head (no call) and the goaltender himself, after stoppage, goes into corner scrum to complain, then has more to say to linesman Steve Miller....Erik Christensen then shoves puck one-handed thru Rask after cutting in from right sid eon a rush. 2-0 Rangers on his seocnd of the season, and Dubinsky's second assist at 7:34. Del Zotto started play with headman pass to center ice...The goal is Christensen's fourth point in three games since being installed on first line and the first time in five games that the Rangers have built a two-goal lead...Lundqvist makes nice blocker save on Recchi...And now Gaborik off with 5:34 left. Delay of game. Key moment in the period, 2nd PP for Bruins.