Feb 26 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) celebrates his goal with center Derek Stepan (21) during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Defeat The Winnipeg Jets: Game Recap

The New York Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets tonight by a score of 4 – 2

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The first period started out with a bang!  Derek Stepan opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the game with a feed by Callahan. But that’s where the good in the period ended.  The Rangers to take a nap for the remainder of the period and allowed the Jets to take a 2 – 1 lead.  Rangers leave Antropov alone in front of the net which allows him to slide one between Lundqvists legs.  Bogosian then buries a slap shot off the thigh of Stralman and past Lundqvist.

The second period was all Rangers.  Rangers outshot the Jets 15-7 but took several bad penalties.  Zuccerello took 2 high sticking penalties and Girardi sat for 2 for tripping.  Girardi’s penalty put the blueshirts down 2 men.  As Zuccerello exits the box, Callahan walks in, toe drags and flips the puck over Pavelec to tie the game at 2 with that shorthanded goal.  Zuccerello then takes his third penalty of the period for delay of game (covered the puck with his hand).  Rangers were able to kill all 5 penalties through 2 periods.

The third period continued with the way the second period ended.  Stepan scored when the puck found his stick off of a skate and it was buried on a bad angle.  Nash found his scoring touch with a snipe from the circle.

Here are my thoughts on tonight’s game.

The first period was just awful.  Stepan opened up the scoring 19 seconds in and that was the end of the Rangers for the period.  They looked lost and forgot how to play defense in front of Lundqvist.  When the Rangers went down 2 men in the second period, they were able to keep the Jets from getting any shots.  Callahan scored a shortie which seemed to turn the game around.  From that point forward, the Rangers became the team we expect.  Defense got better and the fore check came alive.

Zuccerello, all 5’7” of him found himself in front of Pavelec any chance he had.  If only the rest of the guys can take a lesson from that part of Zucc’s game.  The penalties were just bad but when he wasn’t in the box, he was a big part of putting pressure on the Jets.

Callahan, oh Callahan, Goal and three Assists, where do I begin.  Just an excellent game from Callahan overall.  Hopefully the heart of this team will continue his strong play to restart this team and get them going as the playoff’s come.

Brian Boyle on the Power Play, really?  Maybe they are showcasing him for a trade before Wednesday.

Kreider had a total of 3:23 of ice team.  Come on… if you’re going to staple him to the bench send him back to the Whale and let him get some playing time.  Even Hamrlik was able to find the ice more.

Wednesday brings the Penguins to MSG and Friday in Pittsburgh.  HUGE games and the points are as important as they come.

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