Well, it had to end some time.
That’s a possible reaction from both the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers – or maybe their fans/critics – on Tuesday after the Rangers managed a 4-2 win.
On one hand, the Oilers saw a surprising (if occasionally lucky) six-game winning streak conclude. Conversely, the Rangers can let out a little sigh of relief as they snapped a three-game slump.
Rick Nash was one of the stories of this one, as he showed his combination of speed and a solid burst while grabbing the game-winner on a power-play goal. His line with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard generated two of New York’s three goals.
It was a pretty quiet game overall, with the two teams combining for just 41 shots on goal, but the Rangers will take it.
The Oilers saw their streak end, but what about the bigger picture? PHT Extra covers that issue in the vieo below.
Barclay Goodrow delivered a questionable hit on P.K. Subban during Tuesday’s Sharks – Canadiens game, prompting Torrey Mitchell to drop his gloves.
You can watch the hit and fight in the video above.
More than a few people believe that Goodrow’s hit was dirty.
The Sharks’ twitter account praised it, however.
Goodrow only received a fighting penalty (along with Mitchell). Should he hear from the league?
For what it’s worth, it at least seems like Subban is OK.
Even beyond Patrick Kane attempting to extend his 26-game point streak, the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche provide plenty of reasons to watch.
Matt Duchene, Jonathan Toews, Nathan MacKinnon and plenty of other players bolster the entertainment value. Patrick Roy is almost always up to some fun antics, whether he’s doing some bold or merely going mad.
But, yeah, that Kane streak is a pretty big deal.
You can catch the action live on NBCSN and also stream the action via the link below.
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The Boston Bruins announced that tough guy Zac Rinaldo has been placed on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.
It’s unclear how serious the issue is, or how it happened, although it’s possible that it happened during Monday’s overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers.
This may have been a situation that progressed as today went along:
Even with scant offensive production (just a goal and an assist in 26 games), Rinaldo tends to be a polarizing presence, so things might be a touch quieter around the Bruins without him.
Tuesday presents a rare sight: the New York Rangers playing without defenseman Dan Girardi.
He’s day-to-day with swelling in his knee, so he’s not in against the Edmonton Oilers.
More than a few people joke that the Rangers are better off without Girardi, who only seems to draw more criticism as time passes. (Even Girardi acknowledged his struggles, although he implied that there’s been some improvement.)
If nothing else, Girardi’s been remarkably durable for a defenseman who isn’t shy about blocking shots.