Friday, December 23, 2011

The Saucer Pass: Stralman's Hip Check Smears Read Into Boards

The Saucer Pass is where The Fan Child talks puck.

Oh, sweet Jesus, this was definitely the hit of the night. Are you kidding me? Check out Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman taking charge along the boards when a helpless Matt Read of the Flyers tries to rush the puck past him in the neutral zone. WHAM!

If that isn't the perfect hip check, I don't know what is.

Stralman, who was cut by the Devils in the pre-season and signed with the Rangers in early November, is clearly hungry to make an impact. He did so with a bang in the first period last night. For that he gets our vote for hit of the night.

The Swede's bone-crusher was the perfect tonic to tilt an already raucous New York crowd into a frenzy. Eventually, the Rangers would go on to win 4-2.

With the effort the Rangers leapfrogged the Flyers for first place in the NHL's Atlantic division.

"Ask me in April, when it matters," said even keel Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers goalie, who ranks 4th in the NHL in save percentage, got his 14th win of the year.

The two teams will meet again on January 2nd in the the 2012 NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.