Lineup change…Petr Prucha is a late scratch. As you know, he was slashed in the third period last night. Marcel Hossa is in Prucha’s place.
UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. â€”
1. Another nice period by the Rangers, particularly the top line. Like Gomez mentioned on Friday, there’s Straka digging the puck out, freeing up some room for Gomez to make a play. … Of course, that’s exactly what he did, hitting Dan Girardi for his seventh goal of the season. (Did you ever expect Girardi would have 7 G before ‘08? I didn’t.) The assist extended Gomez’s career-high point streak to 12 games.
2. Terrible giveaway by Marek Malik, who had done a great job along with Paul Mara up until two minutes left in the period. Mara in particular did a tremendous job against Kovalev, but Malik gave it all away. His TO led to a goal that tied the game. Until…
3. Gomez is fast, huh? I think all the haters are going to have to give the guy a break. He’s making plays alongside Jagr, which was the goal when the Blueshirts gave him that boatload of $$$. … For those who didn’t see it, Gomez got possession on the fly on the other side of the red line, then found an opening to hit a cutting Jagr for the captain’s 11th goal of the season. (Stat disclosure: Jagr, after having no goals in 10 games, now has one in his last three, which is his longest stretch of the season.)
4. I’m sorry you guys aren’t sitting in my seat. Sean Avery was just jawing at Huet right before the period ended, which could lead to something later. He was absolutely relentless.
I’m not going to have much else tonight because I’m on a tight deadline, so if I don’t check in I’ll talk to you after the game.