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This is going to be a short recap, as I only really saw what was going on for the second and third period (more on that in the bullets). But the Rangers are now 7-3-3, 4-1-1 at home, and doing this without Marc Staal. Remember why we preach patience? It’s because the season is filled with highs, lows, peaks, and valleys. Just ride it out, and you’ll do so without having a heart attack.

  • First off: Shame on Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, and ticket sales representatives for not informing those in the 400s that some rows are now obstructed view seats. My season (10 game pack) seats are in section 415, row F, and I cannot see both nets at any given time, either sitting or standing. I cannot see the jumbotron, any scoreboard, or pretty much anything else in the arena. If I were informed of this prior to purchasing my tickets, I would not have purchased them. I understand that there is a three year renovation going on, and there will be limited sight lines, but transparency is the best way to go.
  • That said, MSG realized they messed up, and I give them credit. There were several MSG employees wandering the 400s with stacks of tickets. If you are in an obstructed view seat, ask for new seats, and they will happily oblige. Becky and I wound up in section 101 after the upgrade, along with the majority of section 415. Kudos to MSG for doing what they can to rectify a bad situation.
  • Because of the above two bullet points, I was unable to see most of what was going on in the first period. I was upgraded to section 101, row 25 after the period, so the second and third periods were where I was able to see most of the action.
  • The Rangers powerplay was a bit off tonight, even if they did score in the first (remember, I barely saw that goal). They tried to use the umbrella formation, but the problem is that they didn’t shoot. And when they did shoot, they missed the net. During the extended 5-on-3, the Rangers switched to a spread formation, but again could not hit the net. The main problem with the Rangers spread was that the forwards were too high. The forwards need to be up by the faceoff dots to be effective, the Rangers were between the circles and the blue line.
  • That Derek Stepan pass was a beauty, wasn’t it? Marian Gaborik’s reaction was priceless too. He kind of gave Stepan a look that said “Thanks for the gift.”
  • Dan Girardi is one tough dude. We saw him go down twice, only to return without missing a beat. If there is one player outside of Henrik Lundqvist that the Rangers cannot afford to lose right now, it’s Girardi.
  • Looking at my last statement, with the way Martin Biron is playing, Lundqvist going down may not be so bad.
  • Kidding. No, seriously, I’m kidding.
  • Back to Biron, what a game for him. He got bowled over a few times, and managed to stand tall and get the shutout. The fans chanting MARTY at the end of the game was fantastic as well.
  • For a team that didn’t exist last year, the Winnipeg Jets travel well. But there were three college kids in from of my in section 101 who were obnoxious. I told them to go back to Atlanta.
  • Michael Del Zotto sure is coming along, eh? Another strong game for him, and another reason to believe that last year was just a hiccup in his development.
After a 0-1-1 start at home, the Rangers won four straight, three against very good teams. Beating solid teams is a start, but beating those teams they should be beating is what made last season so maddening. There are three games against teams they should be beating coming up. Expecting three wins is greedy, but four points would be a success.
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