The New York Rangers travelled up to Boston and throughly trounced the powerful Boston Bruins…
For 50 minutes that is.
The Rangers played arguably their most complete game of the season thus far, for the first 50 minutes.
Rick Nash, who despite his low-ish numbers (3-7-10) has been the best Ranger forward by far, got the scoring started with an absolutely ridiculous play. The big fella gathered a pass from Dan Girardi at the B’s blue line and powered into the Boston zone. Mr Nasty then walked Andrew Ference and while being tripped, had the presence of mind to slide the biscuit over to a wide open Carl Hagelin for the empty netter. Hagelin now has four goals on the season and has definitely picked up his game almost from the exact moment he has started playing with #61. The same can be said for Derek Stepan.
The young center put the NYR up 2-0 beating Tuukka Rask with a wrister from just inside the circles. Stepan seems to have found his game playing along side Nash. They say the measure of a great player is that he makes those around him better. Rick Nash is clearly a great player.
The Rangers continued their onslaught in the third period. Seconds after Brad Marchand tried to take J.T. Miller out with a dirty knee-on-knee hit, Anton Stralman picked the puck off the wall and flipped one on net that beat Rask for a terrible goal. 3-0 Rangers. 18 minutes left. Game over. Test passed. Right?
Wrong. A few minutes after Stralman’s goal, the bed shit began.
The Blueshirt’s defense went into scramble mode. David Krejci squirted a rebound under and outstretched Henrik Lundqvist just after the expiry of a Bruins power play to cut the lead to 3-1. The Rangers seemed to shell up a bit after that, but when the B’s pulled Rask for an extra attacker with 1:31 remaining, the bed was nearly ruined.
Then all hell broke loose when
this jackass Brad Marchand sniped a loose puck that landed on his stick off a Ryan McDonagh block, tying the score at 3-3. Jack Edwards went apoplectic and truth be told, it was a pretty awesome call.
However, the hockey club from New York was able to hang on through overtime and take the game to a shootout, where they have a distinct advantage over most other NHL teams.
Rick Nash opened the shootout scoring with this insanity clowning Rask. After Hank stopped Seguin, Bergeron and Krejci (Marchand scored), Ryan Callahan iced the win for the Rangers with an inside post snipe over Rask. Game over. Test kind of passed, bed shit avoided. Two huge points in the bank.
The Rangers improved on their League leading Too Many Men on the Ice penalty count with their 6th. (Hey coach, hey!)
Their 0-4 spot on the power play against the B’s nearly propelled the NYR to the the worst power play in the league at 4-44/9.1%. This will be a recurring theme with the Rangers, that if they don’t get the PP going, they don’t go very far. This game was yet another shining example of how lack of an effective power play makes games that should be blowouts nail-biters. Especially when squandering 5-3 opportunities.
Next up, the Islanders for a Love Match at MSG Thursday.