First off, I’ll get the bad news that Conner was sent back to the AHL, to open cap space for Avery to return to the roster. Of course, he won’t be playing and hopefully they can find a team so he can play again.
Now, onto the game. Holy cow. King Henrik had the flu, so the Rangers started their back up goalie Stephen Valiquette. That poor guy, I feel kinda bad for him. The Rangers started off the scoring, then the Stars attacked, especially in the third period. Here is the laydown of all the scoring.
03:35: Nikolai Zherdev (Chris Drury & Brandon Dubinsky)
04:10: Brian Sutherby (unassisted)
14:24: PPG Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott & Jere Lehtinen)
18:58: Brad Richards (Matt Niskanen)
03:05: PPG Nikolai Zherdev (Michal Rozsival & Chris Drury)
18:15: Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott)
04:15: Jere Lehtinen (Mike Ribeiro)
10:46: Fabian Brunnstrom (Mike Modano & Andrew Hutchinson)
11:25: PPG Steve Ott (Jere Lehtinen & Mike Ribeiro)
11:56: Darryl Sydor (Mike Modano & Fabian Brunnstrom)
15:59: PPG James Neal (Darryl Sydor & Matt Niskanen)
17:06: James Neal (Fabian Brunnstrom & Matt Niskanen)
Insane. That is the only way I can think to describe this game. We’ll see how this afternoon against the Preds go!