6/17/07 vs Rangers (1-9-1)
Entering this game, we were desperate for a win after blowing a chance to earn some points against a competitor for one of the final playoff spots. Just 2 weeks after losing Chuck, we found out that we lost our second leading scorer, Alexey to a broken thumb for 4 weeks. Down, but not out, we called in Ed to fill in some offense for us…and he delivered.
The first period went back and forth, however neither team could find their offense. Both teams did have a few chances, but were foiled time and time again. The Rangers were also able to control much of the middle portion of the period as we, as usual, found ourselves in penalty trouble. Dave was called for a high-stick and immediately after that penalty expired, we were sent right back to the box for too many men. With just over a minute to play Tom S. found himself in the sin bin for roughing and we were back to killing another penalty. After a couple of strong saves by Josh and some stellar defensive work, the period ended in a scoreless tie.
The second period started the same as the first, but just 2:31 in, after a long clear by Josh, Paul and Dave stole the puck in the corner, eventually working it out to the front of the net. A scramble ensued and the puck found its way to Marc, who then lifted a backhand home to break the ice. The action continued to be end to end, with Josh making two huge save in the middle of the period to preserve the 1-0 lead. With 1:25 left in the period, Ed struck for his first of the season off a great feed from Doug to up the lead to two.
The third period began with a fury as we controlled the play in the zone and Lenny knocked home a rebound less than three minutes in, to give us a commanding 3-0 lead. However, less than a minute and a half later, the Rangers got on the board after their forward raced down the wing, beating the defenseman and sliding the puck in as Josh went for the pokecheck and missed. Even though this gave the Rangers some life, Josh slammed the door shut, making numerous saves to keep the Rangers just out of reach and with 3:31 left, Doug fired home a rebound off a shot from Ed to put the game out of reach at 4-1.
Final Score: 4-1 (5-5-2)
Next up, a Monday night showdown with the Black Jacks for playoff positioning.