Last night in Philadelphia, the Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2, in what was a much better offensive game for the team.
The Rangers looked much better offensively last night. Going into the Flyers zone, sustaining pressure, and creating chances. This is what to expect from this Ranger team heading into the regular season. The second group of guys that played last night skated faster, played the areas the way they’re suppose to be played and overall looked really good. This is what I like to see.
Derrick Brassard continuing where he left off? Yes please. Passing was great, got 2 points last night, and it seems his rejuvenated self will be a breath of fresh air for not only himself but the team as well. The team needs Brassard to perform at the highest level, and if last night is any indication, then he will be just fine.
Dylan McIlrath, the new Michael Del Zotto? Not so fast, this was his first year of really playing in game NHL action. Didn’t play the year before due to a major year injury, last year had to do with the lockout, so now the Rangers are finally seeing him get some sort of action. Give him time everyone, he will be just fine and will adjust accordingly. Take this year in Hartford to really get himself acclimated with the system and the style, and try again next year. Not sure how many chances he’ll get but if Michael Del Zotto gets a lot, so should he.
I like Derek Dorsett standing up for Dominic Moore when Scott Hartnell tried to take a run at his head last night. We missed players like that last year, and seeing someone stand up for their teammates, is a breath of fresh air. I like Dorsett, and what he brings to the team, he just needs to stay healthy that’s all.
Martin Biron made some A+ saves according to Vigneault last night after facing only 6 shots during the period and a half he played. Honestly its a no brainer to me to keep him as the team’s backup. But, we have yet to see Hedberg in action. Then again, I’m not expecting Hedberg to do anything crazy either.
Different look to the powerplay last night? Carrying the puck into the zone? What is that nonsense?!
Dan Girardi and his one blocked shot, why didn’t he have 20 last night? Guy is losing his edge.
Benoit Pouliot will be a great addition to the Rangers, he will play in the dirty areas. Score some goals for the team when need. Liked what I saw last night.
The Rangers have their final practice at the MSG training center before the second round of cuts, and hoping on a plane to tour Western Canada. The next time we’ll see the Rangers will be Monday, September 23 at 9:00PM.
Here’s some post game comments from Vigneault: