Last night the New York Rangers fell 5-3 to the St. Louis Blues, now even without the fact that it wasn’t a 9-2 loss or a 6-0 loss like we saw earlier this week, there were still many good signs that came out of last night’s game.
First and foremost, the power play. We scored two power play goals! In the same game! The play on the extra man looked cleaner, better movement with the puck in the offensive zone, more time controlling the puck, more shots. The team knew exactly where they wanted it to be and it went there. Not only that but the goals of course speak volumes.
Next, Brad Richards, he’s been of much improvement since last season, he’s skating a lot better, his passes are cleaner, he doesn’t look so lost all the time and perhaps most importantly he’s scoring goals! He scored the second goal last night against St. Louis and currently he leads the team in goals scored. Although I’m not convinced there’s really anyone competing against him. I had such high hopes for Richards when this season started and I’m happy to say he’s fulfilled them so far.
Third, who other than the captain himself, Ryan Callahan who rejoined the team on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings seemed to disappear on Tuesday and Thursday. However, as hoped he reappeared last night against the Blues and scored twice, both on the power play and was one of our best forwards for the night.
The last point I feel needs to be hit was the offense, the offense was great, fluid, clean passing, hitting (they led in hits the entire game), shooting (they also ended up out-shooting our opponent), and speed.
Now note: they lost last night’s game because back-up goaltender Martin Biron let in two VERY soft goals (2nd and 3rd), and because an unmentionable player refused to stay out of the penalty box (DORSETT, DORSETT, DORSETT). However, BE MINDFUL of the fact that we lost without Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin and Henrik Lundqvist for two periods of the game.
As I said, there are plenty of positives out of last night and the big one moving forward is that the Rangers have three very winnable games coming up against the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils and eventually the Philadelphia Flyers. We will need to win those games, boost our confidence and hopefully get Rick Nash back for the Detroit Red Wings and then the home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.