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Goal Line Report

Satisfying Start

Good morning folks. I apologize for not having blogged anything Rangers yesterday but I was busy last night at the New York Islanders’ game as part of their media staff. I know, I know…I’m a Rangers fan but if I want to make it in the game as a writer, I have to go with whoever is going to take a chance on me. Plus, it was great to see phenom John Tavares pick up his first two points in the NHL (1g, 1a).

With that said, however, it was nice to see the New York Rangers post a 5-spot on the board last night in defeating the Ottawa Senators. In catching the Rangers in 60 when I got home into the wee hours of the morning, it was nice to see Marian Gaborik pick up a couple of points in his home debut and see players such as Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, Vinny Prospal and of course, Henrik Lundqvist, all play a key role in the team’s first win of the season.

In his first two games of the season, Dubinsky already has four points (2g, 2a). I know that he got off to an extremely hot start last season but may be this season, he’ll be more consistent given the players he is playing with.

Both Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy have shown some poise in their first two games in the NHL. They haven’t been afraid to create offense and they’ve made some solid defensive plays as well. They’re not going to be perfect, particularly Del Zotto, so there will be some bumps along the way so fans are going to have to be as patient as they can with them.

As I mentioned in previous blogs, Gaborik is an offensive superstar when he his healthy. He already has three points (2g, 1a) in his first two games in the red, white and blue and will probably pick up many more as the season progresses.

The power play still needs some tinkering. The team has yet to score with the extra-man despite having a plethora of chances in their first two games. With that said, the one main difference from last year is that they put the puck on net more. Last night alone, the Rangers fired 14 shots on the PP.

It’s a young season and there is a lot of hockey left to be played but Ranger fans should be happy with what the team has accomplished in the first two games of the game.

Tomorrow night, they’ll take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. The Devils are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, a game in which goaltender Martin Brodeur(playing in his 1,000th game) was less than stellar. Expect him to come back strong tomorrow night.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.