Morning After: Rangers Blank Caps 2-0

Oct 16, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Moore (17) battles for the puck with Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) and Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the Rangers blanked the Caps 2-0 for their second win of the season, and Henrik Lundqvist’s first shutout of the season.

Lundqvist looking like Lundqvist last night. Was a great sight to see. Also, congratulations to him for tying Eddie Giacomin’s record for consecutive seasons with a least 1 shutout. Good to see Lundqvist challenging shooters out there, really being aggressive towards the puck.

Minus a few coverage lapses (leaving Ovechkin WIDE open), the Rangers played their best game since Los Angeles. The Rangers seem like their incorporating both systems (AV’s and Tortorella’s system). Was this something that AV decided to do, or was this more a players only decision. Good to see them really play more to their comfort level. Yet, leaving Ovechkin open was dangerous.

What a goal by our captain last night right? And a nice little celebration to follow. You think Oates wasn’t too please from the celebration? Who knows, who cares. The Rangers were energized and pumped up last night. I wonder if Oates wants to kick AV’s ass now since Torts is gone.

Pierre made some comments during the third about what AV was saying to the ref, calling him sir, and asking him questions. Almost making it seem like it was a night and day difference. But, the real question is, can’t you tell sarcasm Pierre? AV wasn’t happy with the non call on Brouwer’s “accidental” headshot on Stepan, but he wasn’t straight forward like Torts.

Speaking of that hit. Really. You really thought it was accidental. If it was, which I mean has its boundries for being accidental, the Brouwer should open his eyes, and pay attention to his surroundings. No reason to have his arms up high as Stepan, who also was paying attention to the play on the ice, was skating by him. Granted, Stepan got uninjured during the play, but you have to be careful with what your flaunting around. That’s all.

Very happy overall with the Rangers play though. This is the team we as fans expect, and we can’t wait to see more of this team.

The Rangers take the next two days off (practice on Friday), and play Saturday against the Devils at the Prudential Center. Coverage begins on MSG at 6:30, with the puck dropping at 7.

Topics: Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, Morning After, New York Rangers, NHL, Washington Capitals

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