The Rangers won a hard fought game tonight against the dread Flyers. All around it was a strong performance from the team, and the Rangers showed a lot of character after the last game when their toughness was questioned.
Let’s get to my thoughts.
- Ryan Callahan had a very strong game tonight. He took a penalty which resulted in a goal, but made up for it with two goals of his own. He showed some nice hands on his second goal, which makes me wonder why he doesn’t use his mitts more often.
- Rick Nash… Jeez you gotta love this guy. Not only does his score amazing goals, he scores them in the 3rd period! Every single goal he’s scored this season has been scored in the third period. You also gotta love him fighting through that stick check on his second goal. He probably would have been awarded a penalty shot, but hey he didn’t need it.
- Marian Gaborik actually outshot Nash this game 5-2 in terms of shots on goal. He picked up an assist tonight, but Gaborik is snake bitten shooting wise. He keeps shooting though and they’ll eventually start going in.
- JT Miller really stepped up his game being deployed as the second line tonight. The Rangers needed a solid game from Miller because they didn’t have Brad Richards in the lineup, and Miller delivered. He played 18:40 which is the most ice time he got all season.
- Marc Staal… Oof. That was tough to watch. Hopefully it’s one of those “it looked worse than it actually was type injuries”.
- Derek Stepan was solid tonight. Like really solid. He quietly picked up two assists tonight and flew under the radar which is good, because it means he’s doing his job.
- This was a really big win. Rangers get two points and the Flyers get nothing. They leaped the Flyers in the conference standings by a point and have three games in hand on them.
- Almost forgot. Stu Bickel made his biggest contribution ever in a Rangers uniform tonight. Getting Scott Hartnell sent off with a ten minute misconduct as well as himself was great. It’s like the Rangers sacrificed their pawn for a castle in chess.
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