The Rangers are once again the foe for the Canadiens tonight, having rebounded from their 2-1 loss to the Habs on Tuesday with a very strong 1-0 win over Vancouver, the NHL’s top team, on Thursday. As mentioned on HIO when examining the Rangers earlier this week, they are the NHL’s best road team with 15 wins.
Although, Marian Gaborik has not been scoring, he had six shots against the Canucks and set up the only goal when he hit the post and the rebound came out new Ranger, Wojtek Wolski, who put it in. The two seem to click well as linemates along with Artem Anisimov.
Gaborik’s coach remains confident. “I think he’s gonna get
Tortorella told Jesse
Spector of the NY Daily News. “I think the new guy coming in
(Wolski) is gonna help us.” Gaborik had 42 goals last year, but has only
so far 11 this season.
Gaborik himself is saying all the right things, telling Spector, “It’s going to come eventually. It
always has. I think every player, every guy that’s a goal scorer goes
through these. I know this year especially hasn’t been going for me, so I
just have to keep trying. The most important thing is the team goes
And former Habs first rounder Ryan McDonagh is getting noticed in his first few games as a Ranger. The big defenseman who went to New York in the Scott Gomez deal, was the subject of two Saturday stories by Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record and Tim Bontemps in the New York Post.
Gross writes that McDonagh, the University of Wisconsin standout who never signed with Montreal, still got a taste for the fans passion. “I was in Montreal for two summer camps,” McDonagh said. “We were
skating at these dinky rinks and there were 650 people in these rinks
just to watch us.
“But nothing beats New York,” he added perhaps diplomatically.