by Patrick Hoffman on 12/03/10 at 11:13 AM ET
Before getting into the details of the blog, I first must admit that I was not around to watch the New York Rangers defeat the New York Islanders by a score of 6-5 as I had a men’s league hockey game.
With that said, however, it was nice to see the Blueshirts get strong performances from their “first line” of Erik Christensen, Sean Avery and Marian Gaborik. Each had multi-point nights and was a big part of the Rangers’ offense last night.
It was even better to see that Gaborik picked up his second hat trick of the season. It seems his goals come in bunches so Ranger fans are probably hoping they’ll see more from him in tonight’s tilt at Madison Square Garden in the second game of the home-and-home series.
I also saw that back-up goaltender Martin Biron was pulled after the Islanders took a 3-2 lead in the second period. Was he really that bad or did head coach John Tortorella make the move just to wake up the team a bit?
The two teams will go at it again tonight at MSG and based on their first two meetings of the season, can we expect another high scoring affair or will both teams play better defensive hockey and concentrate on capitalizing on the other team’s mistakes?
No matter how you look at it, the Rangers just need to win and if comes ugly like it did last night, so be it.
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