Elster's World

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ah Youth

Last night, the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 at the new Prudential Center in Newark. One of the he goals were scored by Jaromir Jagr, which of course is no great surprise. The pleasant part - the other three tallies were by Nigel Dawes, Marc Staal and my new favorite Ranger, Brandon Dubinsky (and not just because he has a possibly Jewish last name). The Rangers committed to playing younger players the last 2 years and as a result are getting contributions from the three above, as well as Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan (injured). Also nice to see the older guys chip in with assists on those goals by Jagr, Shanahan, Drury and Gomez.

When you combine youth (see above), veteran leadership (Shanahan, Drury Gomez), proven scorers (Jagr, Shanahan, Drury), forwards committed to defense, a solid defensive corps and a great goaltender (King Henrik) you have all the right ingredients for a championship team. The Rangers have all of these ingredients and Rangers fans have alot to be excited about this season.

Unlike the Knicks, whose poor start has inspired me to poetry, which I will hopefully unveil later today.


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