Thursday, March 20, 2008

Drury has got "it"

In the 1920s, the heyday of silent movies, the biggest star was actress Clara Bow, the “It Girl.” The “it “ she had, but went largely unspoken, given the times, was “sexiness.” An feature (check the video link) on former Terrier captain and Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury declares “Drury's got 'it', Rangers are delighted.” In this case, the “it” is his ability to deliver in the clutch, when the game is on the line.

By the numbers, his track record is nothing short of remarkable. Of his 216 career regular season goals, 43 –or one in every five—have been game-winners. On the bigger stage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he’s been even more clutch with 15 of 43 goals being game winners, and more than a few of those in overtime. In the article, his teammates offer their theories of how Drury, hardly the biggest guy out there, consistently puts himself in position to score those deciding goals, often right at the goalmouth.

Last night, Drury delivered again, not a game-winner, but the tying goal, with five minutes left in what had been a 1-0 game, beating Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur, arguably the game’s best netminder. Rescued from a narrow defeat, the Rangers went on to a shootout win.

In the AHL Dan Spang scored his 8th goal of the season for the Worcester Sharks and John Curry picked up his 20th win in 28 decisions for WilkesBarre/Scranton, while reducing his goals against average to a league best 2.04.

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