The New York Rangers gutted their way to a playoff berth last season thanks in large part to great work – some might say overachieving play – from Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. Callahan has been every bit the captain that Rangers fans expected, but Dubinsky isn’t producing as the team hoped.
This video clip shows the Rangers’ two homegrown talents excelling in a way that channels their best work in 2010-11. Callahan lays his body on the line to block a shot – something he’s renowned for – while Dubinsky hops over a Capitals player and then makes no mistake in scoring a 2-on-1 goal.
Dubinsky came into tonight’s game with a disappointing 16 points in 34 games, but counting tonight’s goal, he has four points in his last four contests. The Rangers are already playing great hockey as the East’s leading team, but imagine what they could do if Dubinsky plays close to his 2010-11 form …
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day