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It’s boring to talk about something that everyone knows so this Game Report won’t be particularly long. You see, last night’s game came down to one indisputable, indubitable, irrefutable fact: Henrik Lundqvist is very good. In fact, right now he is playing like the best goalie in hockey. There are arguments to be made about this to be sure, but I’d take Lundqvist against any of them.

It was during the first period of last night’s game that I realized just how nice we Rangers fans have it simply knowing he’s in net night after night. There’s Hank, standing on his head, making save after save, and generally putting on an exhibition, and I’m barely blinking at the sight of it. It was the Lundqvist Show for the first twenty minutes of the game and it hardly registered.

Beyond Hank’s quiet brilliance, the game was fairly “ho-hum”. There wasn’t much to it. The Rangers founds their wheels in the second period and Drury scored on a beautiful redirection of a Marc Staal shot. It was Staal’s first NHL point. Congrats to the kid. He not only got on the board, but also played a very good all-around game.

Brandon Dubinsky bears mentioning as well. During a two-shift stretch in the middle of the game he was the best player on the ice and considering the talent on these teams, that’s saying something. Come to think of it, every time I see him play, I like Dubinsky’s game. I just wish he could find the net occasionally. Still, I hope Sather sees fit to keep him with the big club even when Avery and Callahan return. He’s working hard out there and deserves to be rewarded for the effort.

Other Notes

- Chris Drury had an assist last night. He also killed penalties, won 57% of his faceoffs, hit people, had eight shots on net, and scored the game-winning goal.

- Mike Green is a nice looking defensemen for the Caps. He’s aggressive when pinching and has a mean shot. He got caught out once last night, but he’s worth keeping an eye on.

- Referees Kevin Pollock and Brian Pochmara called a good game for the most part. The elbowing call on Erskine in the third was garbage, but outside of that I don’t have much to complain about.

-JP at Japers’ Rink asks: Who, exactly, were Ranger fans chanting "A..-hole" at when the puck rolled up Dan Girardi's stick and into his face?

Answer: The refs. They let the play go on while the player was writhing in pain with a possible eye injury. In the end, it was the right thing to do, but at the time I too was screaming at them for not allowing the trainer to attend to Girardi.

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