Rangers 5, Wings 1

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\Well…so much for getting the Filppula/Bertuzzi/Franzen line going.  The Wings got trounced last night 5-1, allowing 3 goals in the first period.  Evidence to support Babcock’s frustration with his second line?  He had Johan Franzen serve the the late third period too many men on the ice penalty.  Jimmy went the distance in this one.  Here’s some of the recap from DetroitRedWings.com:

Marian Gaborik had a goal and assist in New York’s three-goal first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in going the distance to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Gaborik, who led the team with 42 goals and 86 points in his first season with New York, put the Rangers ahead 1-0 just one minute in with his third goal. He also helped set up defenseman Mike Sauer’s first goal that made it 3-0 with 58.1 seconds remaining in the frame.

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Sean Avery also scored in the spurt against beleaguered Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who stopped only five of eight shots in the first period. Howard, a finalist last season for NHL rookie of the year, dropped to 2-1. He made 18 saves last Sunday in the Red Wings’ 5-3 victory over New York in the first half of the home-and-home exhibition series and followed it with a 21-save performance in the rematch.

Bad first periods aside, Jimmy was 2-0 going into this game.  This was another example of the opposition dressing all of their high-end talent while we sat our big stars.  Still, you’d hope that with at least 6 regulars in the lineup, that Detroit would have put up more of a fight.

The score might actually be a little misleading to how the game actually went.  Detroit outshot the Rangers 36-26 for the game but still managed to lose by 4…that sounds like me playing NHL 11 for X-Box.  Jakub Kindl had six shots alone while Dirty Bert and The Mule had four a piece.  It would appear that “King of Cheaters” Henrik Lundquist simply had a phenomenal game while Jimmy did not.

Rafalski scored his second of the pre-season on the power play with the helpers going to Bertuzzi and Brendan Smith.  I’m telling you folks, Raf is going to blow last year’s stats out of the water (8 goals, 34 assists, 42 points) this season.

Shake it off, Jimmy – it’s only pre-season.

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