1:34 - After an excruciating 1st period where the Rangers were outplayed but stole a tie in the final second of the period, I am passing up the post game post and instead switching to my failed stream of conscience
1:37 - Rangers blow a power play to open the period , but the dynamic has shifted after the 1st intermission, Rangers asserting themselves better… I may be able to start wiping away the tears
1:39 - side note: good that the Yankees didn’t show up today. Way to really go for that sweep fellas
1:41 - Torts burns his timeout after an icing. Rangers clear and get a whistle. Hopefully they won’t miss that later.
1:42 - Game still scrappy and physical. The way NY v. Philly should be.
1:42 - Another side note: JORGIE JUICED ONE. Tie ballgame
1:44 - Rangers can’t capitalize on a 2 on 1 set up by Avery, that may haunt them.
1:45 - Game slowing a hair, I get that sinking feeling the longer we stay tied, the sooner the Rangers start protecting their point and playing for a shootout like we always do. I hate that strategy dammit
1:49 - Apparently Marc Staal broke his nose on that 1st period high stick. Marc Staal on the ice. Reason#4534 why athletes bodies are destroyed by age 40
1:52 - Halfway point of period number 2, ice seems to be tilted slightly towards the Rangers end, getting a bit nervous. It felt this way before PHI’s opening goal.
1:54 - To qualify last post, possession aside, neither team creating many chances on goal
1:55 - Too Many Men on the Ice Penalty. These are the kinds of mistakes that feed playoff chance collapses. I’ve read this story somewhere before
1:57 - Brandon Prust, shorthanded goal master creates a chance after some great defense. Lundqvist follows with a nice save. Heart starting to race. PP almost killed off
1:59 - GOAL FEDOTENKO. Scrum in the Philly end after the PP ends, loose puck finds Ruslan with an open goal at his mercy. Something tells me Torterella is going to circle his wagons around Henrik’s goal from here on out.
2:01 - Coburn and Boyle drops the gloves after a hard hit on Fedotenko, refs let them go for a good while, this game is going to be very entertaining, no lost love between these two teams.
2:09 - McDonough gets beats and takes a penalty. BIG PK upcoming. Also, Yanks getting beat but holy shit is Mark Teixeira hot!
2:12 - Save after save after block after save. Rangers hanging on by the hair on their chinny chin chin. Unbelievable PK
2:13 - Bad angle shot held by Lundqvist and the Rangers get a much needed breather. Effort certainly not lacking today.
2:15 - 2nd PERIOD OVER - Lunqvist makes a save at the horn and ensures NY will carry a 2-1 lead into the 3rd. I would pay good money to hear Torts’ speech to rally his troops for the final 20 minutes. They’ve already shown a willingness to leave it all on the line and will need more of the same to hang on.
2:32 - Hells Bells playing as they take the ice for this huge period. Most important 20 minutes of the season to this point for the Rangers.
2:34 - Dumb penalty in the offensive zone right out of the gate. Gaborik whistled for the high stick.
2:34 - Quick clear off the draw, Flyers again struggling to get anything going. Girardi’s stick breaks, could be trouble but NY clears again. Halfway home.
2:36 - Dominant PK, these guys want it bad
2:38 - 4 on 4 hockey up coming. Rangers won’t want to see things opening up
2:40 - Lundqvist makes a pair of huge saves, the second his own fault after getting caught out of position. Things getting very nervy at the Wachovia Center
2:41 - Zherdev breaks NY hearts. It was coming… IDK if i can do this anymore.
2:43 - Gaborik blows a chance by waiting too long to shoot, draws a penalty in the process.
2:46 - Nothing comes from it, 12:30 left in regulation…
2:49 - Rangers playing at half speed compared to the Flyers, even one point starting to seem unlikely now.
2:51 - Rangers almost steal one against the run of play, 8 minutes left in regulation.
2:55 - 7 minutes. Survival mode for the Blueshirts
2:57 - Save by Lundqvist through traffic. 5 and change left. NBC leaves for commercial break #245. Trouble paying the bills much?
3:03 - 3 minutes from at least a point
3:06 - Deflection off of a defenders skate just gave a few thousand Ranger fans a heart attack. Puck kept out somehow. I’m dying a slow death
3:07 - Rangers win draw in their own zone and clear. 90 seconds.
3:08 - Save by Lunqvist with 6 seconds left. Too much in the last minute to even describe. I will simply say I am now literally shaking. That pretty much covers it.
3:09 - Rangers win the draw. Rangers get a point. Rangers will go home for the last three games of the year with a chance of controlling their own fate pending the Buffalo-Carolina game later today.
3:13 - Rangers only hope probably a shootout.
3:15 - back and forth high flying hockey, just rediculous
3:16 - late season shootout to come in Philly. This seems familiar to me
3:19 - Here we go
3:20 - Save Henrik! Zherdev can’t come through
3:20 - GOAL CHRISTENSEN!!!!!!!!!! GREAT MOVE
3:20 - SAVE AGAIN! Giroux doesn’t get it off!
3:21 - WOLSKI! WOLSKI! WOLSKI! WOLSKI! GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL GOAL GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3:23 - Rangers win. Gutty. Gritty. They exorcise the demons of last year’s heartbreak in this same building by guaranteeing they control their own destiny for the 3 game home stand that stands between them and post-season hockey. The Baby Blueshirts were not supposed to be much this year, but they are a few more results from ensuring at least a little taste of the playoffs. Lots of work to be done though, and obviously a keen interest in the Sabres-Canes game later. Overtime obviously the key to avoid.
3:26 - Wow, this post really sucks. Sorry if you read all of this =)