But getting to tonight's action, the Rangers traveled across the Hudson to face off against the injury riddled Devils. Martin Brodeur, Bobby Holik, Brian Rolston, and Paul Martin were all out of the lineup for the Devils while the Rangers were without Scott Gomez who was kept out for precautionary reasons. He is listed as day to day.
The Rangers, who have had problems playing the full 60 minutes the past few games, didn't play a full 60 minutes tonight. However, the 4o minutes they were playing, they played spectacular with Henrik Lundqvist picking up the other 20 minutes as best as he could. Nikolai Zherdev lead the Ranger scoring rush as he finished the night with 2 goals. Chris Drury had a goal and an assist with Michal Rozsival and Lauri Korpikoski scoring the other 2 goals. Rotating forwards Nigel Dawes and Dan Fritsche had 2 assists a piece as did Dan Girardi.
This is an important win for the Rangers as their tough schedule continues on Saturday when they host the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden.
The Phoenix Coyotes came into Columbus on a two game winning streak, looking to get three wins in a row for the first time this season. They certainly did that with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Shane Doan had 2 goals and an assist. He was very close to getting his first career hat trick but hit the post on the empty net which was followed up by Martin Hanzal. Kevin Porter and Steven Reinprecht rounded out the scoring for the Desert Dogs. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 of 33 shots and continues his stellar play over this stretch which has the Coyotes winning four of their last five games.
At some point in the near future I will have a feature on Shane Doan of the Coyotes considering his great play to begin this season so look for that. Until then....Lets Go Rangers and Go Yotes Go.