If you happen to be a fan of the New York Rangers, it has been a tough couple of weeks. The Rangers opened their season with a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 3, then a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings and then things took a turn for the worst. The Blueshirts suffered a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks and a 6-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Rick Nash also went down with another concussion and Ryan Callahan is dealing with a broken thumb.
Things could definitely be better in the city of New York at the moment.
But, there is still reason for hope. Last night, the Rangers went into Detroit as serious underdogs considering their recent quality of play. They managed to silence the critics and defeat the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime off a breakaway goal from Derick Brassard (his first goal of the season). Everybody on the team chipped in, especially Benoit Pouliot, who notched his first goal as a Ranger and was easily the best player on the ice besides rookie goaltender Cam Talbot.
Speaking of Talbot, he has looked strong in his first two NHL starts. He played well in Philadelphia against the Flyers and turned in an even better performance last night against Detroit, keeping the Rangers in the game and getting them two well-deserved and hard-earned points. Despite his play, Henrik Lundqvist will take back the spotlight and start tomorrow in the Rangers’ home opener at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
New York has a tough task ahead of them however, as they play the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night and the New York Islanders on Tuesday, two teams who could really give them a run for their money. The problem with the Rangers so far this season has been consistency. They have had trouble stringing good performances together. They played against the Washington Capitals, but then played horrid hockey against the New Jersey Devils and Flyers.
The Rangers have to take last night’s play and bring it into tomorrow’s game against Montreal. The Garden is going to be rocking, the crowd will be behind their team and it is New York’s job to feed off of that energy and transmit it onto the ice.
Once the Rangers get healthy and find their consistency, they will be an extremely tough team to play against.