With the Rangers winning 2-1 tonight against the Detroit Red Wings in overtime, they head home with something very important: confidence. Something that this team was lacking during a good chunk of their 9 game road trip, where they traveled almost 8,000 miles. Visited many different areas around the west cost of California, and ended in Hockeytown, with a victory.
The Rangers confidence was at an all time low heading into this game. Consistently coming out of the gate looking flat, the Rangers did their best to keep the high powered Red Wing attack at bay, going into the first period down 1-0. Cam Talbot once again was in the Rangers net and he did his best Henrik Lundqvist impression stopping 15 of the Red Wings 16 first period shots.
The second period, you saw the Rangers playing more aggressive, something you saw in Ranger teams past, you saw this team fight, you saw the team not back down from the game play. You didn’t see them try and regroup, and what did we get? After a parade of shots fired at Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, you saw Benoit Pouliot net his first goal as a New York Ranger, on the powerplay. Weird! Yet, the newest goat for Ranger fans, Taylor Pyatt, went to the box late in the second period, and Detroit answered right back, as Daniel Alfresson tallied one on the powerplay, and Detroit went to the second leading 2-1.
You could see the difference in the Ranger team, compared to Thursday night even. As they came out firing in the third. This is the team we expect, this is the team that has the will and the want to win. Another first happened in terms of a Mats Zuccarello goal, to even the game at two. The Rangers would not back down, they kept up the fight, and did all they could to get that all important point. Now heading into overtime, it was their quest, their destiny even, to get that second important point. Who knew that second point would be so crucial. And it was.
The Rangers came out flying during the overtime period, did all they could, and then after a nice hustle play by Benoit Pouliot poked the puck to Derrick Brassard, and beat Jimmy Howard five hole, to give the Rangers that all important second point. Also, another first, it was Brassard’s first goal of the season.
So what did we see? We saw a Ranger team fighting with adversity. Showing that they wouldn’t quit when the going was getting tough, when they were down, they fought back creating chances until they got the equalizer. Now what do the Rangers need to do?
Keep it up. It’s quite simple, getting this win was important, but staying consistent and going and winning their home opener on Monday its very important that the Rangers handle themselves and play the same time of game. Play simple, complete hockey for sixty minutes, stick to the game plan and they’ll win. Now if Lundqvist comes back, it’d be a great boost, seeing guys that were injured come back, as the team tries to get healthy.
But, there’s nothing wrong with that Talbot guy either…