The drive for five

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There are obvious storylines to follow tonight when the Rangers close out their four-game road trip in Pittsburgh.

They go for a season-high five straight wins, and four straight on the road. They can expect Jaromir Jagr to be booed every time he touches the puck.There are the point streaks of Sidney Crosby and Evegni Malkin, which stand at 18 and 12 games, respectively.

And there is the continuation of the generational grudge match between Sean Avery andGary Roberts. Remember it was a week ago Thursday when Avery goaded the 41-year-old Roberts into a double-minor, setting up a crucial Rangers goal in an eventual 4-2 win. Later he explained how getting the best of Roberts wasn’t all that difficult.

“It’s probably easier,â€? Avery said. “Young guys are just a little dumb. They don’t really know what’s going on half the time so a guy like that takes it as little more of an insult, like how dare you disrespect them and all they’ve done for the game and how great they are.â€?

Given that brush, tonight, more so than recent stops in Jersey and Philly, will be the best test for Avery after last week’s fireworks in Toronto. There’s no doubt that words will be exchanged, maybe even in warm-ups.

How he handles it is the question.

More later…

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  1. Avery Man Crush on

    ORR…Talented

    You re right, especially with Avery still favoring his shoulder. He s too valuable to be out of the lineup (7-2 when Sean plays). 7 goals?!?! Pens have been struggling but i don t see that happening, and hopefully i dont see the captain throwing cheap shots. No need for a bounty to get put on his head as we play the pens several more times this year.

  2. For anyone who gets the out of market channels on DirecTV or Dish Network, Fox Sports Pittsburgh is running a look back at Jags’ time as a Penguin at 3:30 p.m. EST.

  3. Damn double posts. Eh well it was worth saying again.

    CRAIG

    I would definitely take back Zubov. He still can play. But eh, our D is good right now, and we still have Sauer, and eventually Sanguinetti. But it would be nice to have him here, the Stars suck, despite what happened last night. There off to a terrible start.

  4. Just catching up on the blogs, Sam… I was in Philly for the game and saw the Cosi you ate at… not a big fan so we went to Geno’s.. then Pat’s. Great cheesesteaks.

  5. I hate to say it but Avery would get destroyed by Laraque. Let Coltonator take him on. Should be a good game
    Lets Go Rangers!

  6. LaBarbera was equally as good. It would have ended 0-0 but the Yotes got a 5-3 in the second in the second and capitalized.

  7. Pittsburg’s coverage of the game is ATROCIOUS. The camera is zoomed in so far all the time that you get seizures when they pan a different direction. Also, on that goal, you couldn’t see the shot, because the camera only shows one half of the ice.

  8. What’s with all these cockeyed line combos? The only solid line is Avery-Gomez-Shanahan, as it should be, but I wish the other lines wouldn’t change *every* shift.

  9. I can’t believe Bryz got the start right away, with a shutout to boot! I still had him on the bench of my fantasy teams. I guess I can’t trade for him cheaply in my other leagues now. I doubt this will suddenly make Phoenix a contender, but there’s plenty of time to go, and they could trade a goalie for some offense perhaps.

  10. Poor me, Kiprusoff did worse than I thought last season. It’s Hasek. Under 2.10 both of the seasons that Lundqvist has been in the league. I can’t understand why he wasn’t in the All-Star Game last season when he had the best GAA, I believe.

  11. Rozsival!! Great play by Avery!! I was hoping we could just make it to the 1st intermission only down two so they would have a chance to make adjustments and come back strong. Good for them!

  12. Interesting interview on CSN Philly. They have the guy who’s going to the 30 hockey games in 30 nights. He says the best fans were in Montreal, best camera gimmick is the Mullet Cam in Chicago.

    Also, great for the Flyers to be losing by three going into the third!

  13. The music guy at Mellon Arena must have a sense of humor…after the Girardi goal, they played Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So” over the PA. If I were a Pens fan and saw them blow that lead, I’d be thinking the same thing.

    The Rangers D men must know Leetch night is coming up, the way they are playing now, #2 would be proud.

  14. Just seeing the replay of the Rozsival shorthanded goal again, I remember how worried I was that he would miss the net and Pittsburgh would have a 3 on 1 the other way perhaps.

  15. Holy freaking crap. Good for Struds. I hate to say it, but he hasn’t looked that bad since becoming a regular when Malik went down…

  16. I gotta say, I haven’t seen such an active D taking the body from the rangers since probably ’94. Girardi and Staal in particular laid out some good checks tonight. This team really doesn’t miss Malik, does it?

  17. In NHL2K6, the commentator will occasionally say, “This guy reminds me of a young Brett Hull.” when you slap in a one-timer. He has only done this twice in my lifetime.

    The first was for Petr Prucha, which was acceptable. But the second, and clearly most hilarious, ti9me was for Jason Strudwick. Ever since then, he’s been dubbed “The Golden Struddy” by my brother and I. :)

  18. I had to check the site…I needed some confirmation that that was really Jason Strudwick on the rush tapping in the OT game winner.

    Strudwick, Hollweg, Mara all getting on the score sheet in the same game? Rosi with 2 goals? The D joining the rush and (occasionally) shooting on the PP? What team am I watching??

    Nice little road winning streak the Rangers have got going too!

  19. We should all vote for the allstar game and use the write in vote to try and vote in one of the d-men on the Rangers. Its unreal that none of the Rangers d-men made the ballot.

  20. Rozsival would probably be our best shot at a defenseman in the All-Star Game, especially if he keeps scoring. It’s not too often the ASG recognizes defensive standouts, especially as starters. It’s only the starters voted on by the fans, right? The rest are by players and coaches?

  21. “Young guys are just a little dumb. They don’t really know what’s going on half the time so a guy like that takes it as little more of an insult, like how dare you disrespect them and all they’ve done for the game and how great they are.�

    I love that quote by Avery!!

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