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The curse of the two-goal lead and/or perhaps some delayed jet-lag setting in? The Los Angeles Kings fell behind 2-0 against the New York Rangers, who had rest on their side coming into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but after the Kings rallied to tie the game 2-2, the Kings came out with legs full of lead in the 3rd period, getting out-shot 20-3, and while Henrik Lundqvist stopped almost everything he saw, he wasn't able to steal this snipe shot by Justin Williams 4:36 into OT (Dan Girardi had a terrible giveaway, and his teammates all "flew by" and skated the other way, yielding a mini one-on-none):
The Kings prevailed 3-2 despite Lundqvist's 40-save performance, and now things get interesting: the Kings won the first game, which supposedly garners you a 77% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, but both Los Angeles, which had two days to turn around after beating the Hawks, and the Rangers, who had nearly a week off before taking their cross-continental flight on Monday, will BOTH be able to re-set and refocus in a big way as Game 2 doesn't take place until Saturday (7 PM EDT start).
Does momentum transfer from game to game, or will the series essentially re-set after two days of rest and recuperation for both clearly mentally and physically exhausted teams, at least given their play over the first 40 or so minutes?
We'll find out on Saturday night.
For those of us who aren't glued to Twitter or the interweb, the Dan Girardi's re-signing with the New York Rangers and the Ott-and-Ryan Miller-for-Jaroslav-Halak-etc. trades were the first of perhaps a dozen or so meaningful moves that will result from literally thousands of trade rumors per actual transaction made...
But the Sportsnets, ESPNs and deadline-drama-loving fans are obviously hoping that Friday's transactions broke a dam's worth of inactivity ahead of what many of you are probably hoping will be a 35-to-45-transaction period of time between now and 3 PM EST next Wednesday, and both TSN's Bob McKenzie (on Twitter) and ESPN's Scott Burnside and Craig Custance suggested that we've not seen the last of Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray's pre-trade deadline moves...
Per TSN's Darren Dreger...
And TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie:
Three Tweets from reputable sources = run with it:
Update: Fun with details:
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's in fine form as we approach the NHL's pre-Olympic roster freeze, and I think this take on the Rangers' roster situation is important to spotlight given the fact that Ryan Callahan's status is stealing the show...
All eyes are on the Rangers. Forwards Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot along with defencemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman all become UFA’s on July 1. The troubles don’t stop there, winger Derrick Brassard is in the last year of a contract he signed while with Columbus. He’s a restricted free agent and will come up a winner at arbitration if he can’t get a deal done. All this makes the buyout of Brad Richards pretty much inevitable and it also means other players will be packing their bags. The talk is Callahan wants a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per-season (that’s exactly what Patrice Bergeron got with Boston) and it’s doubtful the Rangers will pony up. The Blues, Wings and Kings all need help up front. Girardi could be a headache as well because he wants $6 million per-season on a long-term deal.
If the Rangers buy out Richards, his status will obviously change the UFA market's landscape considerably...
And this isn't trade-related, but it's intriguing:
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
But here’s the conundrum regarding Girardi. If he is that valuable to the Rangers, who enter Monday’s match at the Garden against the Blue Jackets having won fewer than half their games (21-20-2), how valuable might he be as a rental to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders such as Boston, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose?
Thus, how much more value as a trade chip, rather than as a first-pair defenseman, might Girardi bring to a Ranger organization that doesn’t appear close to a championship and all but certainly will have to undertake a significant reload over the next offseason or two?
It is, of course, impossible to answer the question blindly. Which means it is therefore incumbent for general manager Glen Sather to be in position to know with the March 5 trade deadline now less than two months away.
Sather must perform his due diligence and be aggressive about it. Girardi, who doesn’t turn 30 until late April, is as high-end a rental property as has gone on the market since Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010, if not Marian Hossa in 2008.
The NHL's holiday roster freeze may be in effect, but the Ottawa Sun's intrepid Bruce Garrioch reports that the trade market steadily simmers along:
Nobody has been described as more desperate to make a deal than the New York Rangers. The club is on a nine-game homestand and has only one victory in seven games and that could mean a trade not long after the roster freeze is lifted at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 28.
League executives say Rangers GM Glen Sather has been working the phones trying to move several players — including blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi — in an attempt to try get his struggling club on track.
While Del Zotto has been the one the club has shopped heavily, the Rangers also need to sign Girardi, a UFA on July 1, so they may be starting to see what they can get in case they can’t sign him.
Garrioch continues at extended length...
The Rangers now lead the series 2-1 with game 4 coming up on Monday evening.
It was a back and forth game until the 3rd period when Dan Girardi scored on the power play early in the 3rd then the Rangers added two more goals to close out the game.
Rangers found as much offense as they needed, now the Devils must figure out a way to put some pucks past Lundqvist.
Here’s Jim Hughson of HNIC with the Girardi goal…
I must admit, this game was hard to watch.
The Rangers shutdown the Devils’ offense all night which at times makes for boring hockey.
Here’s the game winner from Dan Girardi, a power play goal early in the 3rd period.
Rightfully so, Alex Ovechkin received 2 for charging for this hit on Dan Girardi.
But the web is starting to ask, does he deserve more punishment?
Anyone who thinks he does has other motives.
The New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 to win their series 4-3.
This goal by defenseman Dan Girardi turned out to be the gane winner midway tn the 2nd period.
added 10:24pm, Watch the game highlights below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Submitted for your approval in this season during which there has been no offensively dominant defenseman: Dan Girardi for the Norris Trophy.
It certainly would be a twilight zone of a choice, given the throwback nature of the bedrock Ranger’s game, but hockey people have argued for years that if the worth of strict defensive play has not quite been ignored in the voting for the prestigious trophy, it certainly has been overshadowed by the value of dynamic offense from the blue line.
Girardi, who has gotten more ice time per game at 27:34 than any player in the NHL in five years — since Zdeno Chara averaged 27:57 in 2006-07 in his first year in Boston — is the personification of the defensive defenseman who does all of the grunt work all of the time matched against every opponent’s top line while also possessing the ability to make the outlet pass and get up on the play in joining the rush.
No one will be blinded by Girardi’s offensive stats. At the same time, the modesty of his 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) should not blind anyone to his value on the club with the best points-per-game record and second-best goals-against average in the league.
more plus opening NHL season in Europe may be in jeopardy…..
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But it still is no less incredible that Dan Girardi, emerging as a go-to, first-pair defenseman at the age of 23, could have gone through both the 2002 and 2003 entry drafts without one of the 30 teams calling his name; no less incredible that 583 players were selected in those two drafts and Girardi was not one of them.
“We were just talking about that this morning,” Tom Renney, then part of the Rangers’ personnel evaluation staff and now the coach who will send Girardi onto the ice with partner Fedor Tyutin against the Islanders’ most dangerous line tonight at the Garden, said on Friday.