Sunday, February 15, 2009

Give Him His Steak

Today's Star Michael Del Zotto

Sunday was a pretty good day for the Ranger's 2008 first round pick; first off teammate John Tavares promised to buy dinner for whoever assisted on Tavares 200th OHL goal which Del Zotto did. Del Zotto is planning on making his good friend pay for an expensive steak dinner.

Then after a 3 assist game, Del Zotto was named the First Star of the Game as his London Knights defeated the Kitchener Rangers in overtime 3-2. All of Del Zotto's assists came on the power play and after games like this one, Ranger fans just might be wishing Del Zotto would hurry up and become a Ranger.

And last but never least, the Michael Del Zotto interview that we did for the Blueshirt Bulletin went into the mail over the weekend. It was a fun interview to do as Michael does talk about what he needs to do to make the Rangers as well as about the person he is.

Del Zotto had 3 power play assists to now give Del Zotto a 6 game scoring streak (0-8-8) as the defender now is at 10-41-51 on the season.

Rewriting the Record Books

Evgeny Grachev scored his 33rd goal of the season as his Brampton Battalion stopped a 2 game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Oshawa Generals. Grachev earned another star for his collection this time a second star.

Grachev joins Del Zotto with a 6 game scoring streak (6-2-8) as Grachev became the Battalion's leading goal scorer with this goal. Grachev also has a 4 game goal scoring streak as now Grachev is starting to leave his mark on the Brampton Battalion record book as well.

The goal gave Grachev gave 62 points on the season which tied him with Raffi Torres for second place in rookie points, Jason Spezza holds the record with 71 points which is now within Grachev's reach.

In addition, Grachev needs 2 more goals to tie Torres for the most goals by Battalion rookie at 35 which now is just a matter of time. Grachev also remains the leading scorer among Ranger prospects with his 62 points.

Not a Pretty Sight

Antoine Lafleur got the start after sitting out the last 3 games as the backup goalie for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The only problem is that his teammates took the game off as the Huskies got whipped 6-2 by the Rimouski Oceanic.

Lafleur deserves some of the blame but when on 17 shots the Oceanic took, 11 were called dangerous scoring chances something is not right. The only highlight for Lafleur was stopping a penalty shot by the Oceanic's Logan McMillian.

(Del Zotto courtesy of the Rangers)

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